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Applesauce Meatballs Recipe

Applesauce Meatballs Recipe

These savory, from-scratch meatballs are always well-received. Folks really like the tangy sauce that uses hot pepper sauce to give the meatballs a little kick. —Betsy Smith, San Diego, California
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 30 min. Bake: 45 min. YIELD:4 servings


  • 1 egg, lightly beaten
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened applesauce
  • 1 cup soft bread crumbs
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 1 pound ground beef
  • SAUCE:
  • 1 can (10-3/4 ounces) condensed tomato soup, undiluted
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 1/2 teaspoon sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon prepared horseradish
  • 3 to 5 drops Worcestershire sauce
  • 3 to 5 drops hot pepper sauce


  • 1. In a large bowl, combine the first five ingredients. Crumble beef over mixture and mix well. Shape into 1-1/2-in. balls. In a large skillet, gently brown meatballs over medium heat; drain. Transfer to an ungreased 2-qt. baking dish.
  • 2. Combine sauce ingredients; pour over meatballs. Cover and bake at 325° for 45-50 minutes or until meat is no longer pink. Yield: 4 servings.

Nutritional Facts

6 each: 291 calories, 12g fat (5g saturated fat), 109mg cholesterol, 1194mg sodium, 21g carbohydrate (10g sugars, 2g fiber), 24g protein.

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Reviewed Nov. 28, 2012

"These were yummy and easy to make. 1 child complained about them being too "soft", so they may not be for everybody. The sauce was also good."

Reviewed Mar. 28, 2010

"This was a delicious recipe. Everyone went crazy for them. My sister substituted crushed pineapple but it wasn't as good as the applesauce (not as soft)."

Reviewed Feb. 2, 2009

"i had a similar recipe years ago,and lost it. my family loved it."

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