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Apple Meatballs in Wine Sauce

An easy meal for any day of the week.

Meatballs with Apple

This is one of my go-to recipes made with homemade meatballs and a semi-homemade sauce.

The homemade meatballs are made with ground pork and ground turkey, diced apple, ginger root, garlic and onion.

And the semi-homemade wine sauce is made with red wine, prepared barbecue sauce and prepared teriyaki sauce.

The fresh ginger root in the meatballs adds a delicate touch of fresh flavor that tastes wonderful with the wine sauce.

The sauce is cooked until it becomes fairly thick so that it’s more like a glaze over the meatballs.

If there are any leftovers, the meatballs in wine sauce actually freeze up nicely in freezer zipper bags which is perfect for those nights when you may be too tired to cook or just plain old run out of time.

Just defrost the meatballs (with sauce), warm in the microwave and serve over warm rice.  Dinner is served.

Here are more quick and easy recipes served with rice you may like “Easy Barbecue Chicken with Rice“, “Quick and Easy Tex-Mex Chicken and Rice” and “Shrimp and Fried Rice“.

Let’s check out the ingredients.

Meatballs with Apple Ingredients

For the Meatballs – Ground turkey, ground pork, Granny Smith apple, onion, panko bread crumbs, ginger root, egg, garlic, dried red pepper flakes, ground black pepper and olive oil

For the Wine Sauce – Prepared barbecue sauce, prepared teriyaki sauce and red wine (Cabernet, Merlot, Pinot Noir or Zinfandel)

For Garnish – Raw or toasted sesame seeds and chopped chives (or the green tops from a green onion)

printable recipe with the measurements and instructions is located at the bottom of this post.

Here’s how to make it.

For the Meatballs:

Granny Smith Apple

Peel Apple

Peel and…

Cut Apple in Half

Cut Apple

Chopped Apple

…dice the apple.

Sliced Onion

Chopped Onion

Dice the onion…

Sliced Garlic

Chopped Garlic

…dice the garlic…

Chopped Ginger Root

…and peel and dice the ginger root.

Ground Meat in Bowl

In a large mixing bowl, add ground turkey, ground pork…

Chopped Apple in Bowl

…apple, onion, garlic, ginger root, bread crumbs, egg, pepper and dried red pepper flakes.

Meatball Ingredients in Bowl

Next,

Meatball Ingredients in Bowl

Meatball Ingredients in Bowl

Mix together until the ingredients are incorporated.

Rolled Meatballs

Rolled Meatballs

Roll the meat into balls a little bit smaller than a golf ball.

Meatballs in Pan

In a large skillet add olive oil so that it covers the bottom of the pan.

Heat the pan on medium heat and add the meatballs.

Cook Meatballs in Pan

Cook the meatballs until they brown on all sides and are thoroughly cooked (about 10 minutes).

Cook Meatballs in Pan

Once cooked,

Cooked Meatballs on Plate

…transfer the cooked meatballs onto a plate and set aside.

For the Wine Sauce:

Grease in Skillet

In the skillet that the meatballs were cooked in (with all of the crunchy leftovers in the pan), carefully drain out just the excess oil into a separate heat-proof container such as a coffee mug or an empty can (when the excess oil has cooled, discard).

Sauce in Pan

In the skillet with the crunchy leftovers, add wine.

Heat the pan on low to medium heat and stir.

Stir in the teriyaki and barbecue sauces.

Meatballs in Pan

Put the meatballs back into the skillet…

Meatballs in Pan

…and gently mix the meatballs in the wine sauce…

Meatballs in Pan

…until they are coated with the sauce.

Meatballs with Apple

Serve the warm meatballs and sauce over warm rice.

Garnish with sesame seeds, chopped green onions and, or chives

Thank you so much for stopping by CCC!

More Recipes with Ground Turkey You May Like:

Slow Cooker Spicy Ground Turkey Sloppy Joes

Grilled Blue Cheese and Bacon Basil Turkey Burgers

Bow Tie Pasta and Italian Turkey Sausage Skillet Meal

Seasoned Ground Turkey Pitas

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Meatballs with Apple

Apple Meatballs in Wine Sauce

An easy meal for any day of the week.
Print Pin
Prep Time: 25 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 55 minutes
Course: Appetizer, Main Course
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Apple, Meatballs
Servings: 3

Ingredients

For the Meatballs:

  • 1.25 pounds ground turkey
  • 3/4 pound ground pork
  • 1 Granny Smith apple or apple of your choice, peeled, cored and diced
  • 1/2 of a medium size onion (yellow or white), peeled and diced
  • 1/2 cup panko bread crumbs
  • 1 teaspoon diced fresh (peeled) ginger root
  • 1 egg
  • 1 clove garlic peeled and diced
  • 1 teaspoon dried red pepper flakes
  • 1 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil

For the Wine Sauce:

  • 3/4 cup prepared barbecue sauce
  • 3/4 cup prepared teriyaki sauce
  • 1 cup red wine Cabernet, Merlot, Pinot Noir, or Zinfandel

For Garnish:

  • 3 teaspoons raw or toasted sesame seeds
  • 3 tablespoons chopped chives or the green part of a green onion, chopped

Instructions

For the Meatballs:

  • In a large mixing bowl, add ground turkey, ground pork, apple, onion, bread crumbs, ginger root, egg, garlic, pepper and red pepper flakes.  
  • Mix together until the ingredients are incorporated.   
  • Roll the meat into balls a little bit smaller than a golf ball.
  • In a large skillet add olive oil so that it covers the bottom of the pan.  Heat the pan on medium heat and add the meatballs.
  • Cook the meatballs until they brown on all sides and are thoroughly cooked (about 10 minutes).  
  • Transfer the cooked meatballs onto a plate and set aside.

For the Wine Sauce:

  • In the skillet that the meatballs were cooked in (with all of the crunchy leftovers in the pan), carefully drain out just the excess oil into a separate heat-proof container such as a coffee mug or empty can (when the excess oil has cooled, discard)
  • In the skillet with the crunchy leftovers, add wine.  Heat the pan on low to medium heat and stir. 
  • Stir in the teriyaki sauce and the barbecue sauce.  
  • Put the meatballs back into the skillet and gently mix the meatballs in the wine sauce until they are coated with the sauce.
  • Serve the warm meatballs and sauce over warm white rice. 
  • Garnish with sesame seeds, chopped green onions and, or chives.
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