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Apple Meatballs Recipe

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. YIELD: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

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.

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.

Wine Pairings

Blush Wine

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