Passion for Pork

Spicy Pork Meatballs with Cranberry Relish

Spicy Pork Meatballs with Cranberry Relish

These spicy pork meatballs are one of my favourite things to make over the holidays while I'm entertaining. They can be made way in advance and just take a few minutes to heat up and serve. I can't wait to dish these out at my new year's eve celebration next week!



600 grams ground Alberta pork

2 large eggs

1/3 cup bread crumbs

1 tablespoon ketchup

1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce

1 tablespoon finely chopped fresh sage

2 teaspoons grainy mustard

1 teaspoon soy sauce

1/2 teaspoon chili flakes

1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper

canola oil (enough for browning meatballs)

Cranberry Apple Relish:

4 cups fresh cranberries

2 cups water

2 tbsp red wine vinegar

1/3 cup maple syrup

1 tsp sea salt

1/2 tsp ground cinnamon

1/4 tsp chili flakes

1/4 tsp freshly grated nutmeg

1/8 tsp ground cloves

1 B.C. Spartan apple, peeled and diced



Preheat oven to 375 degrees.

Place all ingredients in a mixing bowl and combine with hands or spoon.

Form mixture into 30 meatballs approximately 1" in diameter.

Heat canola oil in a large pan on medium-high heat. Working in 3 batches, brown meatballs on all sides and transfer to a large baking dish.

Bake in oven until completely cooked through, about 15-18 minutes.

Cover and keep warm until ready to serve.

Cranberry Apple Relish:

Place all ingredients except apple in a medium pot and bring to a simmer over medium-high heat. Cook until cranberries start popping, about 5 minutes.

Reduce heat to medium, cover and cook for 5 minutes.

Remove lid, stir in diced apple and cook for 10 minutes, stirring regularly.

Transfer to a bowl or container, cool to room temperature (purée to a finer consistency if desired) and set aside until ready to assemble.


Spread cranberry apple relish on a large serving platter and place meatballs on top. Serve warm with skewers or toothpicks.

Prep Time: 15 Minutes
Cooking Time: 30 Minutes
Total Time: 45 Minutes

Approximately 5-6 Servings

Tags: cranberry | ground pork | meatballs | relish | spicy |