Apple Meatballs Recipe

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Since first taking these meatballs to various social events a few years ago, I've shared the recipe many times. Sweet apple jelly provides a nice contrast to the tangy barbecue sauce. - Kay Townsend, Obion, Tennessee.
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 45 min. Bake: 30 min.
MAKES:10 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 45 min. Bake: 30 min.
MAKES: 10 servings


  • 1 egg
  • 2 tablespoons butter, melted
  • 1/4 cup crushed seasoned stuffing
  • 1 envelope onion soup mix
  • 2-1/2 pounds lean ground beef
  • SAUCE:
  • 2 bottles (18 ounces each) barbecue sauce
  • 1 jar (12 ounces) apple jelly
  • 1 can (8 ounces) tomato sauce

Nutritional Facts

7 each: 304 calories, 12g fat (5g saturated fat), 97mg cholesterol, 450mg sodium, 26g carbohydrate (21g sugars, 0 fiber), 23g protein.


  1. In a large bowl, combine the first four ingredients. Crumble beef over mixture and mix well. Shape into 1-in. balls.
  2. In a large skillet, brown the meatballs; drain. Transfer to a greased 3-qt. baking dish. In a large saucepan, combine the sauce ingredients; bring to a boil. Reduce heat; simmer for 10 minutes. Pour over meatballs.
  3. Cover and bake at 325° for 30 minutes or until meat is no longer pink. Yield: 72 meatballs.
Use pretzel sticks instead of toothpicks for serving appetizer meatballs. They taste great and reduce waste and mess.
Originally published as Apple Meatballs in Taste of Home Ground Beef Cookbook 1999, p34

Blush Wine

Enjoy this recipe with a blush wine such as White Zinfandel or a Rosé.

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nik030384 User ID: 6863371 29049
Reviewed Dec. 18, 2013

"Served these meatballs at a holiday party and they were a big hit. I cheated and used premade gluten free meatballs. They were so good"

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