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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


  • 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


  • 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.

Recipe Note

Use pretzel sticks instead of toothpicks for serving appetizer meatballs. They taste great and reduce waste and mess.

Nutritional Facts

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

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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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