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Friday, October 23, 2015

Apple Cheddar Meatballs


    When trying to think of things to make for Lindsey and Johnny's shower, coming up with make-ahead savory appetizers was the hardest part.  I was sold on doing bacon wrapped apples until just a day or two before the shower.   Then I decided I didn't want both of my savory options to be bacon and I was already making the apple shaped bacon cheddar ranch cheese ball.  So, I called a game time audible and switched to sausage meatballs.  I knew these would be a hit because Lindsey used to make similar meatballs (without the apple) when we would have game nights at her house.  So, I went to work!  



     I actually made the meatballs two days ahead of time and put them in the freezer.  That way all I would have to do the afternoon of the shower is get them out and put them in the oven.  The meatballs were just bigger than bite size (maybe even bite sized depending on your mouth and your manners!) so they cooked quickly even from frozen.  They were popular too, I only had three meatballs left after the party!



Apple Cheddar Meatballs
Makes about 3 dozen small meatballs

Ingredients:

1 lb pork sausage
8 oz sharp cheddar cheese, shredded
1/3 cup apple, shredded
1/4 tsp cinnamon
3/4 cup all-purpose baking mix

  1. Stir all ingredients together until evenly mixed.
  2. Shape into small (about 1") meatballs.  Don't pack too tightly, just enough that they hold together.
  3. Either place on a lightly greased rimmed baking sheet and bake immediately or place in the freezer until ready to use.
  4. Bake at 375 F for 12-14 minutes if baking immediately or 16-17 minutes if baking from frozen.

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12 comments:

  1. Carlee these meatballs looks so good and I bet are yummy. They are the perfect appetizer for a party. Have a wonderful Friday and weekend.
    Julie xo

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    1. They were gobbled up quickly, that is for sure! Have a wonderful weekend!

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  2. These would go so well on my smoker. Thanks for the recipe, apple will go so well with the sausage.

    The Old Fat Guy

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    1. Oh yum, they would be perfect on your smoker! You might as well just always keep that thing on ;-) My mom and I are always talking about what you've been making!

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  3. Great for game day! So glad you shared with us at Merry Monday. We love good recipes!

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    1. They would be perfect for game day, or even an appetizer at Thanksgiving! Thanks so much for hosting!

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  4. They're so lucky to have you make these meatballs for them! Apple and some sharp cheddar's one of my favorite flavor combos. I also wanted to let you know you're featured today on Five Friday Finds! :)

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  5. This looks so incredible! Pinned and tweet. Thank you for being a part of our party. I hope to see you on Monday at 7 pm, because we love to party with you! Happy Halloween~Lou Lou Girls

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  6. thanks for spotting that I had accidentally posted Food on friday early. Have a great week

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    1. Ha! It seemed a bit earlier than normal, but I saw it and pounced!

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