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Johnny Appleseed Meatballs

Johnny Appleseed Meatballs

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

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Original recipe yields 6 servings



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  • Calories:
  • 332 kcal
  • 17%
  • Fat:
  • 26.1 g
  • 40%
  • Carbs:
  • 9.1g
  • 3%
  • Protein:
  • 14.6 g
  • 29%
  • Cholesterol:
  • 100 mg
  • 33%
  • Sodium:
  • 568 mg
  • 23%

Based on a 2,000 calorie diet


  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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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 gravy and sugar before pouring it in. It makes stirring it easier. And it only fed 3 of us. Overall, didn't taste apple...just yumminess! Far better than those jelly meatball recipes. Served over egg noodles and substituted garlic salt. Thanks!


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 apples in beef! I went against my feelings on this one and made it anyway...THE FAMILY LOVED IT, INCLUDING MYSELF. Even my nine year old, who is the most picky eater in the world ate it! I would say this is a definate "keeper" and will be making it again