This was my mother's standard dinner recipe for guests. These meatballs are juicy and packed with flavor! They go great with scalloped potatoes as a side dish.

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Ingredients

4
Original recipe yields 4 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C).

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  • Combine applesauce, egg, bread crumbs, and salt and pepper, with ground beef; mix until well blended. (This is best done by hand.) Form mixture into medium-sized meatballs, and roll in flour.

  • Heat 1 teaspoon of oil in a large skillet over medium high or high heat. Cook meatballs, turning occasionally, until evenly browned but not cooked through. Transfer to a baking dish and set aside.

  • In the same skillet, partially cook the carrots and onions over medium high heat. Add tomato juice, season to taste with salt and pepper, and bring to a boil. Reduce heat, and simmer for 5 minutes, then pour over meatballs.

  • Cook, covered, in the preheated oven for 45 minutes, or until carrots are tender and meatballs are cooked through. Cook uncovered for 10 minutes before removing from the oven.

Nutrition Facts

518.9 calories; 28.3 g protein; 56.9 g carbohydrates; 103.6 mg cholesterol; 1085.6 mg sodium. Full Nutrition

Reviews (13)

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Most helpful positive review

Rating: 5 stars
01/20/2008
My grandmother made a recipe very similiar to this although she used a can of condensed tomato soup/can water instead of the tomato juice. And no carrots but I'm sure they'd be good too. Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 3 stars
01/25/2011
The taste was ok...nothing fantastically woderful or anything. They did not stay together very well during cooking and serving. Read More
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16 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 4
  • 4 star values: 9
  • 3 star values: 2
  • 2 star values: 0
  • 1 star values: 1
Rating: 5 stars
01/20/2008
My grandmother made a recipe very similiar to this although she used a can of condensed tomato soup/can water instead of the tomato juice. And no carrots but I'm sure they'd be good too. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
01/20/2008
My grandmother made a recipe very similiar to this although she used a can of condensed tomato soup/can water instead of the tomato juice. And no carrots but I'm sure they'd be good too. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
08/10/2006
I am surprised at the other reviews I have made this meatballs twice and my wife loves them. So does her friends. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
04/20/2007
These were very good. Not quite 5 star material though. Read More
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Rating: 3 stars
01/25/2011
The taste was ok...nothing fantastically woderful or anything. They did not stay together very well during cooking and serving. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
04/15/2010
This was really good! The flavor was completely unexpected but delightful. not my absolute favorite but my husband and kids loved it! Great spin on a classic recipe. Read More
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Rating: 1 stars
07/28/2006
The meatballs did not hold together very well although dusting them with flour did make them brown nicely. The taste was very bland also. Would not recommend this at all. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
09/02/2006
Loved this recipe. Delicious flavour and freezes well. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
09/28/2006
Great variation of traditional tomato-based spaghetti when served on top of pasta. I used ground turkey instead of beef and vegetable juice instead of tomato juice. Also I added mozzarella cheese! yumm... Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
01/14/2007
This recipe is really delicious and does go GREAT with mashed potatoes!! It ends up looking kind of "gross" (to use my kids' description) but it really does taste great -- the leftovers are even better! Read More
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