Johnny Appleseed Meatballs

Johnny Appleseed Meatballs


"The apples add a subtle sweetness to this delicious and simple dish."


30 m servings 332 cals
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Original recipe yields 6 servings



  • Calories:
  • 332 kcal
  • 17%
  • Fat:
  • 26.1 g
  • 40%
  • Carbs:
  • 9.1g
  • 3%
  • Protein:
  • 14.6 g
  • 29%
  • Cholesterol:
  • 95 mg
  • 32%
  • Sodium:
  • 568 mg
  • 23%

Based on a 2,000 calorie diet

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  1. In a large bowl, combine ground beef with chopped apple, bread crumbs, egg and onion salt. Divide into 18 to 20 meatballs. Roll each one between your hands to shape into a ball.
  2. Heat a large skillet and add oil. Cook the meatballs until browned; pour off fat.
  3. Stir in water, brown sugar and gravy mix. Cover and simmer for 15 minutes
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  1. 26 Ratings


I'm not a cook, nor am I a meatball person, but I loved this recipe. I wasn't going to finely dice up an apple, so I took a soft apple and grated it. Worked perfectly! I suggest mixing up the gr...

This was a good recipe. I do suggest chopping the apples extra fine simply to be able to make the meatballs and making double the gravy. My whole family loved it. Thanks!

Very tasty meatballs. I found this recipe, and added it to my "recipe box"... almost backed out of making it because the more I thought about it, the more leery I became at the concept of apple...

My family loved these meatballs. Great with rice and mac salad. I made double the gravy since we like it on the rice. The sweetness was a nice change. I like to hear my husband say "MMMMM! W...

Wow! These were really good. I left out the sugar. I chopped the apple and 1/4 onion (didnt have onion salt) in the food processor. I left out the egg. Everybody loved them. I will make again.

Although the meatballs themselves were good, we found the sweet gravy too odd for our taste. This might be better without the sugar. I added a little bit of rosemary to the meat since some re...

Everyone (even the picky one) liked this. I also grated the apple and omitted the sugar in the gravy. I will make this again since it was a nice change from other ground beef dishes.

I have been making these meatballs since I ran across this recipe on this site about 5 yrs ago. My family loves them as do my coworkers when we have pitch ins. I sometimes make them with pineap...

i hate to say it but these weren't very good at all. they had a weird taste and were not a big hit with anyone who tried them. i don't think i'll make these again.