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Autumn Meatballs

I clipped this recipe out of the paper quite a few years ago, and it instantly became a family favorite. Tender pieces of tasty apple appear in every bite. - Helen Wiebe, Altona, Manitoba
  • Total Time
    Prep: 15 min. Bake: 1 hour
  • Makes
    20 meatballs


  • 2 eggs
  • 1 cup dry bread crumbs
  • 1 cup shredded peeled tart apple
  • 1/4 cup shredded cheddar cheese
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1 pound lean ground beef
  • 1-3/4 cups tomato juice
  • 3/4 cup ketchup
  • 1/2 cup chopped celery
  • 1/2 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce


  • In a bowl, combine the first eight ingredients. Crumble beef over mixture and mix well. Shape into 1-1/2-in. balls. Place in a greased 2-qt. baking dish. Combine the tomato juice, ketchup, celery and Worcestershire sauce; pour over meatballs. Cover and bake at 350° for 1 hour or until meat is no longer pink.

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