Ridgecrest Recipe – Apple Meatballs

We always try a few new recipes out over the holidays for use in the new year and this one was a big hit.

Ingredients

  • 1 egg
  • 2 tablespoons butter, melted
  • 1/4 cup crushed seasoned stuffing
  • 1 envelope onion soup mix
  • 2-1/2 pounds lean ground beef

SAUCE:

  • 2 bottles (18 ounces each) barbecue sauce
  • 1 jar (12 ounces) apple jelly
  • 1 can (8 ounces) tomato sauce

Directions

  • In a large bowl, combine the first four ingredients. Crumble beef over mixture and mix well. Shape into 1-in. balls.
  • In a large skillet, brown the meatballs; drain. Transfer to a greased 3-qt. baking dish. In a large saucepan, combine the sauce ingredients; bring to a boil. Reduce heat; simmer for 10 minutes. Pour over meatballs.
  • Cover and bake at 325° for 30 minutes or until meat is no longer pink. Yield: 72 meatballs.

Use pretzel sticks instead of toothpicks for serving appetizer meatballs. They taste great and reduce waste and mess.

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