Beef tastes good no matter how you dress it!

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Whether it’s dressed up or dressed down, beef makes a satisfying meal. Try this holiday appetizer or classic stew from the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association.

Mini Merry Meatballs

½ pound ground beef brisket
¼ pound ground beef ribeye steak, boneless
¼ pound ground beef, 80% lean
1 cup seasoned stuffing mix
1 egg, beaten
3 tablespoons water
1 teaspoon minced garlic
¼ teaspoon salt
1/8 teaspoon pepper

Cranberry Barbecue Sauce

2 teaspoons vegetable oil
½ cup chopped white onion
1 tablespoon minced garlic
2½ cups fresh cranberries
½ cup orange juice
½ cup water
⅓ cup ketchup
¼ cup light brown sugar
2 tablespoons cider vinegar
2 tablespoons molasses
½ teaspoon ground red pepper

Preheat oven to 400°. In a large bowl, combine brisket, ribeye, ground beef, stuffing mix, egg, water, garlic, salt and pepper, mixing lightly but thoroughly. Shape into 24 1½" meatballs. Place on rack in broiler pan that has been sprayed with cooking spray, and bake 13-15 minutes, until 160.

Cook's Tip: Cooking times are for fresh or thoroughly thawed ground beef, which should be cooked to an internal temperature of 160°. Color is not a reliable indicator of ground beef doneness.

Meanwhile, prepare Cranberry Barbecue Sauce. In a medium saucepan of medium heat, begin heating vegetable oil. Add onions and garlic; cook and stir 2-3 minutes or until tender but not brown. Add remaining ingredients, stirring to combine. Bring to a boil, reduce heat and simmer 20 minutes or until cranberries burst and mixture has reduced to a thick consistency, stirring occasionally.

Remove from heat; cool slightly. Transfer mixture to blender container. Cover, allowing steam to escape. Process until smooth. Season with salt, as desired.

Serve meatballs with barbecue sauce.

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