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Cranberry Chili Sauce Meatballs “Bear Bites”

Bear Bites

Bear Bites

Hope you like the video for the first installment of the college cooking survival series.   It’s a simple recipe for yummy meatballs and mashed potatoes.  Cheap, easy, and delicious!  I have mashed potatoes in my hair at the end…but who doesn’t when one makes mashed potatoes.

Cranberry Chili Sauce Meatballs - Bear Bites

  • Servings: 4 - 5
  • Time: Prep time 20 minutes
  • Difficulty: Easy
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  • 1 pound ground beef or turkey
  • 1 jar chili sauce
  • 1 can cranberry sauce – I prefer whole cranberry
  • ½ to one cup water


  • In a deep skillet with lid, pour in the chili sauce, fill the jar with water & shake, add this to the pan.
  • Turn the heat to medium high.
  • Add the cranberry sauce and stir to combine bringing the sauce to a slow simmer.
  • With the meat, form golf ball sized meatballs and carefully drop into the simmering sauce.
  • Put the lid on and turn the heat to medium. Do not stir.
  • Check in 8 to 10 minutes and turn them over, leave lid off and simmer until sauce is thickened and meatballs are done.

Serve over mashed potatoes.

Kennedy Homestyle Mashed Potatoes

  • Servings: 4 - 5
  • Time: Prep time 20 minutes
  • Difficulty: Easy
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  • 4 to 5 large russet potatoes, or Yukon Gold (you’ll need a few more of the yukon’s as they are smaller)
  • 2 – 3 cloves of garlic, skins removed and smashed, no need to chop or mince
  • 1 cup chicken stock or 2 teaspoons chicken broth bullion base
  • ½ cup to 1 cup milk or half & half
  • Butter or margarine to taste
  • Salt & Pepper to taste
  • Fill a large stock pot with water & turn heat on high to bring to a boil.
  • Toss in the garlic and chicken stock or bullion base
  • Peel potatoes, leaving some skin on if you like
  • Cut into quarters and gently boil until potato yields to knife but doesn’t fall apart
  • Remove potatoes from the water & put into large bowl.
  • Add milk and butter and mash with potato masher until you reach your desired consisency.  If the potatoes are too runny, a trick to firm them up is place in a saucepan and cook over medium heat.  Much of the moisture will be absorbed and they will firm up.
  • If you like, also add grated cheddar cheese and or sour cream to make them extra yummy.
  • Add salt & pepper to taste.

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