Apple Butter Meatballs

1/2 cup grated red onion
1 Tb. butter
1 lb. pork sausage
1 lb. ground beef
2 cups panko bread crumbs
1 cup Apple Butter, divided
1/4 cup sour cream
2 eggs
2 Tsp. salt
1 Tsp. allspice
1 Tsp. black pepper
1/2 cup beef broth
2 Tb. honey
1/2 Tsp cinnamon
Pinch of red pepper flakes
Cayenne pepper

Preheat the oven to 400 degrees and line a large rimmed baking sheet with foil.

Place a skillet over medium heat and melt the butter in it, add the grated onions and saute for 3-4 minutes, until soft.

In a large bowl, mix the sausage, ground beef, panko, 1/2 cup apple butter, sour cream, eggs, salt, pepper, allspice, and onion. Mix well, until evenly combined.

Roll tight balls and place them on the baking sheet, close together, but not touching.

Bake for 15 minutes. Meanwhile, mix the remaining 1/2 cup of apple butter, with beef broth, honey, 1-2 dashes of cayenne pepper, cinnamon and red pepper flakes…. Whisk well.


After 15 minutes, remove the meatballs from the oven. Pour the sauce over the top, making sure to cover each meatball, and place back in the oven for 5-7 minutes.

Serve warm with buttered egg noodles tossed in parsley and fresh Parmesan.

~ Robin

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