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

Ingredients

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

Nutritional Facts

1 serving (7 each) equals 304 calories, 12 g fat (5 g saturated fat), 97 mg cholesterol, 450 mg sodium, 26 g carbohydrate, trace fiber, 23 g protein.

Directions

  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

Nutritional Facts

1 serving (7 each) equals 304 calories, 12 g fat (5 g saturated fat), 97 mg cholesterol, 450 mg sodium, 26 g carbohydrate, trace fiber, 23 g protein.

Blush Wine

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

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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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