Cranberry meatballs

Cranberries, ginger, cinnamon and clementines are synonymous with Christmas but perfect for any time of the year. This exquisite recipe uses these distinctive flavours to bring you a delicious starter that will inspire and delight.

For the meatballs

  • 500g ground Irish beef
  • 1 egg, beaten
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 2 tsp. onion powder
  • 1 tsp. ground ginger
  • 1 tsp. ground cinnamon
  • Sea salt and freshly ground black pepper

For the cranberry sauce

  • 250g frozen cranberries
  • Juice of 2 clementines
  • 100g light muscovado sugar
  • 6 tbls port

For the meatballs

  • 500g ground Irish beef
  • 1 egg, beaten
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 2 tsp. onion powder
  • 1 tsp. ground ginger
  • 1 tsp. ground cinnamon
  • Sea salt and freshly ground black pepper

For the cranberry sauce

  • 250g frozen cranberries
  • Juice of 2 clementines
  • 100g light muscovado sugar
  • 6 tbls port

Step 1

Squeeze the juice of the clementines into a pan and add the sugar, cranberries and port

Step 2

Cook on a medium heat for 4-5 minutes until the cranberries soft and burst

Step 3

Meanwhile In a bowl, combine all the ingredients for the meatballs. Season to taste, and mix until well combined

Step 4

Roll the meat mixture into bite-sized meatballs. Cook over medium-high heat, and brown the meatballs on all sides and then lower the heat to medium low

Step 5

Pour the cranberry sauce over the meatballs and serve

Step 6

Add garnish and serve

Step 1

Squeeze the juice of the clementines into a pan and add the sugar, cranberries and port

Step 2

Cook on a medium heat for 4-5 minutes until the cranberries soft and burst

Step 3

Meanwhile In a bowl, combine all the ingredients for the meatballs. Season to taste, and mix until well combined

Step 4

Roll the meat mixture into bite-sized meatballs. Cook over medium-high heat, and brown the meatballs on all sides and then lower the heat to medium low

Step 5

Pour the cranberry sauce over the meatballs and serve

Step 6

Add garnish and serve