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Apple Spice Meatballs

Total Time

Prep: 50 min. Bake: 15 min.


6 dozen plus leftovers

Updated: May. 04, 2022
I love this recipe because it is so full of wonderful flavors. A little spicy and a little sweet, these fabulous meatballs score huge at tailgate parties or holiday buffets. —Joyce Conway, Westerville, Ohio
Apple Spice Meatballs Recipe photo by Taste of Home


  • 1-1/4 cups panko bread crumbs
  • 1 medium onion, finely chopped
  • 1 medium sweet red pepper, finely chopped
  • 1 medium apple, peeled and finely chopped
  • 2 large eggs, lightly beaten
  • 1/2 cup canned pumpkin
  • 1/2 cup ketchup
  • 2 teaspoons garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice
  • 3/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
  • 1 pound ground beef
  • 1 pound bulk hot Italian sausage
  • SAUCE:
  • 1 can (14 ounces) whole-berry cranberry sauce
  • 1 jar (12 ounces) apple jelly
  • 3/4 cup ketchup
  • 1/2 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes


  1. In a large bowl, combine the first 12 ingredients. Crumble beef and sausage over mixture and mix well. Shape into 1-in. balls.
  2. Place meatballs on greased racks in shallow baking pans. Bake, uncovered, at 375° for 15-20 minutes or until no longer pink. Drain on paper towels.
  3. Meanwhile, in a Dutch oven, combine the sauce ingredients. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat; simmer, uncovered, for 10 minutes.
  4. Gently stir in 6 dozen cooked meatballs and heat through. Save the remaining meatballs for Hungarian Pepper Soup with Romano Crisps or save for another use.

Nutrition Facts

1 meatball: 52 calories, 2g fat (1g saturated fat), 10mg cholesterol, 115mg sodium, 7g carbohydrate (5g sugars, 0 fiber), 2g protein.

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