Meatball Stuffed Apples

turkey meatbal in a gala apple

Fact: You can’t subsist on sugar alone.

Fact: The most nutritious things you ate yesterday were the peanuts in that fun size snickers.

gala applesIf your weekend was anything like mine, you probably should scrounge up some real food on the double.  These stuffed apples are simple, tasty, forgiving, and even reheat well.  They are hearty enough to counteract all that candy, but not too heavy for a pre-gym meal.  I love them alongside a bowl of pumpkin soup and a green salad, but if you want to make these meatball stuffed apples the star, you might choose to serve two per person.

The folks at Home Market Foods, makers of Cooked Perfect Meatballs, have selected me and my meatball stuffed apple recipe to appear, with nine other finalists, on TV Diner on NECN next week.  So fun!  I’m really excited to see what the other finalists have up their sleeves.  But I have to say, I love these stuffed apples.  The sweet and tangy sauce on the meatballs is just fantastic (in fact, a big batch of these meatballs in sauce makes a great party dish all on its own). But all together, the turkey meatball, cranberry sauce, and apple make for a kind of mini, portable Thanksgiving dish that works all through November.

apple stuffed with turkey meatball

Meatball Stuffed Apples

4 medium-sized apples

4 Cooked Perfect Turkey Meatballs, thawed

1/2 cup canned jellied cranberry sauce

1/2 cup red wine

2 tablespoons Dijon mustard

Salt and pepper to taste

3/4 cup shredded sharp cheddar cheese

Sweetened dried cranberries (for garnish, optional)

Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Scoop out the stem and core of each apple, making a round space big enough for a meatball.  Leave the bottom of each apple intact. Arrange the apples, standing up, in a baking dish.  Bake for 15-20 minutes until slightly soft, but still sturdy.

While the apples are baking, in a saucepan over medium heat stir together the cranberry sauce, wine and mustard.  Simmer for five minutes, until slightly thickened. Add salt and pepper to taste. Add the meatballs to the sauce and toss to coat. Reduce heat to low and cook the meatballs in sauce for five minutes. Remove apples from the oven and sprinkle a bit of cheese into each apple. Add one meatball with a bit of sauce into each apple. Top each apple with remaining cheese. Return the apples to the oven and bake until the cheese is bubbly, about ten minutes. Sprinkle the meatball stuffed apples with cranberries if desired, and enjoy!

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  1. wow! congrats on being a finalist…this is one of the most creative recipes i’ve seen in a long time!

  2. Very creative idea! Congrats on being a finalist:). I would have never thought of making meatball stuffed apples! Sounds like a great idea.

  3. This is just unique and delicious! I simply love the idea of stuffing apples with minced meat.

  4. So clever Katie! What a cool recipe for the holidays! 🙂

    Ciao, Devaki @ weavethousandlfavors

  5. So exciting about the contest! Congrats! These are so super original and I love the idea of the sweet and savory blend!

  6. Congrats! This is so creative and it sounds quite delicious. I’ll have to give it a shot.

  7. Wow, Katie—-this is one of the most unique recipes that I have come across in a while. Very clever, and all the ingredients work together. Congrats, and good luck with the contest.

  8. I’m stunned and completely speechless… ….. ….Ok, what a unique concept! I can’t wait to try this!

  9. I love this idea of stuffing apples with meat! I’m going to pass along this recipe to my husband, who is usually the one in charge of meat dishes in our kitchen. Thank for the inspiration.

  10. Wow, what an interesting combination. I would never think to combine apples with meat. Congrats on being a finalist!

  11. wow, Katie these are soooo creative. they look so cozy and delicious just like your blog name. 😀

  12. This is so unique and sounds incredibly delicious! Congratulations on the contest – you have a winner here!

  13. Congrats! This is such a unique and delicious recipe…perfect to make after my weekend of eating junk (how did you know!?!). Thank you!

  14. This is sooo creative! Love this!

    New to your blog! Happy I found you!

    Mary xo
    Delightful Bitefuls

  15. I never thought of stuffing apples with meat! – i’ve always considered them like something sweet. It’s such a unique idea! Surely worth trying!

  16. Seriously by far one of the most creative ideas I have ever seen! Loving it!


  17. Apple stuffed meatballs? NOw that is not something you hear everyday! So creative! I hope you win!

  18. These look so different! I’m always up for food combinations that push boundaries…this is definitely going on the list for next week. 🙂

  19. Very unique recipe! sounds delicious!

  20. I love creative recipes like this. They are always so impressive!

  21. Hooray for you, Katie!! That’s so exciting. 🙂 What a marvelously inventive and delicious dish. 🙂 I’ve never seen such a thing but I know it must be splendid and I’d love to try it. 🙂

  22. This is such a fun and unique way to do meatballs. Perfect for this time of year.

  23. This is so interesting! I’ve never heard of meatballs and apples together – very unique

  24. Congrats on being a finalist! My husband would love this!

  25. this looks very lovely… thank you for sharing this.

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  27. How curious. I have never in my life heard of such a thing 🙂

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