Pork & Apple Meatballs

by Michele Pesula Kuegler | December 20th, 2011 | Appetizers, Recipes, Tapas Monday

Even though this dish was not part of our Iron Chef Thanksgiving, it did seem appropriate to follow my recent theme of apples.  This recipe is from a Tapas Monday early in November.  The inspiration for this recipe was quite simple.  We had a fruit bin filled with apples from a local orchard and a freezer filled with pork from a local farm.  Combining the two in a meatball seemed like a terrific format for our late night meal.

The trickier part of this recipe was deciding what would be the simmering liquid.  While I could have baked the meatballs right before dinner, I love the tenderness and additional flavor that simmering produces.  Plus, it makes the house smell delicious and feel warmer. A combination of chicken stock and apple cider worked quite well and kept the meal light.

Although apple in a meatball may sound a little different, it delivers a nice hint of sweetness and is well worth trying.

Pork & Apple Meatballs


Cook Time
20 min

Cook Time
20 min

  1. 1/2 Tb. olive oil
  2. 1/2 medium onion, diced
  3. 1 piece pita bread
  4. 1 lb. ground pork
  5. 1 apple, peeled, cored, & shredded
  6. 1 Tb. fresh sage, minced
  7. 1/2 tsp. cinnamon
  1. Preheat oven to 400.
  2. Heat oil in a frying pan over medium heat.
  3. Add onion, and sauté for 5 minutes. Remove from heat.
  4. Place pita bread in a blender and purée to create bread crumbs.
  5. In a large bowl combine pork, apple, sage, cinnamon, cooled onion, and pita bread crumbs. Mix well. Form into small balls, and place on a rimmed baking tray.
  6. Bake for 15-20 minutes, or until thoroughly cooked.
  7. Serve or simmer. If simmering, place meatballs in a medium pot. Combine equal amounts of chicken stock and apple cider, enough to cover meatballs.
  8. Cover and place over a low heat until ready to serve.
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  1. Kralj says:

    Just have tried it myself and I must admit that it’s one magnificent meal to be made!

    Great work and I hope you will post way more of this delicious stuff 🙂

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