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Fall Apple Meatballs

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Fall Apple Meatballs

Meatballs are infinitely adaptable to whatever ingredients are in season or on hand and are a fantastic way to stretch a single pound of ground beef or pork into little balls of yumminess. Original recipe by Claire Fitts.

Ingredients

  • 2 Tbs. olive oil or butter
  • 1/2 cup minced cabbage
  • 1/4 cup minced celery or celeriac
  • 1 small apple, minced (skin on or off)
  • 1 small onion, minced
  • 1 small carrot, minced
  • 1 tsp. salt
  • 1/2 tsp. ground pepper
  • 3 eggs
  • 1 lb. ground beef
  • 1 cup bread crumbs

Directions

1) Preheat the oven to 350 °F. Line a cookie sheet with aluminum foil and grease liberally.

2) In a large pan, over medium heat, sauté together the olive oil, cabbage, celeriac, apple, onion, carrot, salt, and pepper until vegetables have softened. Let cool.

3) In a medium bowl, beat the eggs with a fork until well combined. Add the ground beef, bread crumbs, and vegetables and mix until everything is evenly incorporated.

4) Roll the mixture into approximately 26 evenly sized, 1.5-inch balls and space evenly on the prepared cookie sheet. Bake meatballs for 25 minutes or until they’re cooked through, rotating the tray once at 15 minutes or so.

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