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

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Ingredients

6
Original recipe yields 6 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • 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.

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  • Heat a large skillet and add oil. Cook the meatballs until browned; pour off fat.

  • Stir in water, brown sugar and gravy mix. Cover and simmer for 15 minutes

Nutrition Facts

332.1 calories; 14.6 g protein; 9.1 g carbohydrates; 95.4 mg cholesterol; 568.4 mg sodium. Full Nutrition

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Most helpful positive review

Rating: 5 stars
05/08/2004
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! Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 3 stars
01/16/2007
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 reviewers thought these meatballs were bland. Read More
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28 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 13
  • 4 star values: 11
  • 3 star values: 2
  • 2 star values: 2
  • 1 star values: 0
Rating: 5 stars
05/08/2004
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! Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
08/29/2002
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 Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
09/18/2003
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! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
12/11/2002
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! What is this???" and try to figure out the twist in a recipe which he definately did with this one. Looks familiar enough that the kids tried it and liked it. Make sure to chop the apple into FINE chunks or it is a pain to shape the meatballs:o) A recipe!! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
04/13/2008
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. Read More
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Rating: 3 stars
01/16/2007
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 reviewers thought these meatballs were bland. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
12/22/2008
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 pineapple and almost always add cinnamon as well. Thanks Christing for dreaming this up. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
03/02/2009
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. Read More
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Rating: 2 stars
10/28/2004
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. Read More
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