Recipe by Pipster
"This is one of my family's favorite 'comfort' foods - by all six generations. Don't let the applesauce scare you off; you can't taste it, but it keeps the meatballs tender and moist. Add mushrooms and/or pearl onions for an even heartier 'comfort' meal! Serve over hot buttered noodles or rice. We like a salad and garlic bread, or a plate of sliced tomatoes and cucumbers. Enjoy!"
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1 1/2 cups
herb seasoned croutons
minced garlic, or to taste
shredded Cheddar cheese
salt and black pepper to taste
1 1/2 pounds
1 (10.75 ounce) can
condensed cream of celery soup
grated Parmesan cheese
Yum, my husband said these were the best meatballs I've ever made. They are so moist & flavorful. I will admit that I subbed ingredients that I had on hand. I only had 1 pound of 85/15 sirloin. I had homemade ww seasoned bread crumbs so I used a bit less milk. I only had monterrey jack. I always sneak veggies in so I added garlic, carrots and celery with the onion & chopped very fine in the food processor. I cooked them at 325 for longer just to make sure the carrots cooked. We are eating it over ww penne. Delish! I'll make meatballs with natural applesauce often!
This was very good. Nice and homey. It had a creamy mild sauce and wasn't weird with the celery at all. I only had chipotle cheddar on hand so that is what I used. My hubby loved this and went back for seconds. I didn't have canned milk so I used 2% and it turned out fine. Thanks Pipster, we liked this a lot.
These were very good. A nice change from meat loaf and other ground beef dishes. I am always looking for new things, after 40 years of cooking you kind of run out of ideas. I made these as the recipe was written. Served with salad and buttered noodles. Thanks for the recipe, from one grandmother to another :-)
These meatballs were so tastey and easy to make! They have such a comforting and homey feel without being too heavy. I did double the sauce (we like lots) and added a little sage and thyme to the sauce, but other wise followed the recipe exactly. Thanks for such a great recipe!
Really good! I added a can of mushrooms to the sauce. Will definitely spice it up next time, though. Good start with the recipe. give it a try!
Realizing I had a lot of ground chuck in my freezer that needed to be used, I started looking for meatball recipes. This looked good and boy, was it! I used garlic and cheddar seasoned crotons and left out both of the other cheeses as my husband is not a big cheese fan. Never missed them but I'm sure they would not have hurt anything. Used one can of cream of celery and one of cream of potato and 1% milk (added 1 T. of flour) for the sauce because that's what I had. Very tasty sauce over either mashed potatoes or noodles and served with steamed asparagus. Definitely a keeper!
These were very good, nice and moist, and great flavor...however....I felt it just took too much time rolling all them up....if you have time....go for it...u wont be disappointed.
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.
Grandma's Applesauce Meatballs
Serving Size: 1/6 of a recipe
Servings Per Recipe: 6
Amount Per Serving
Calories from Fat: 247
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