Spicy Apple-Glazed Meatballs


These sweet-and-spicy meatballs make wonderful party appetizers! PS: In the unlikely event that they don't all disappear at your gathering, enjoy them the next day with rice and a green salad for a quick lunch.

Spicy Apple-Glazed Meatballs
Photo: Blaine Moats
Prep Time:
20 mins
Cook Time:
12 mins
Stand Time:
10 mins
Total Time:
42 mins
12 appetizer servings


Spicy Meatballs

  • 1 egg

  • ¼ cup milk

  • 2 slices white or whole-wheat bread, torn

  • 1 pound 85% lean ground beef

  • 4 cloves garlic, minced

  • ½ teaspoon freshly ground black pepper

  • ¼ teaspoon salt

  • ¼ teaspoon cayenne pepper

  • 1 tablespoon vegetable oil

Apple Glaze

  • 1 cup apple juice or pear nectar

  • ¼ reduced-sodium soy sauce

  • 3 tablespoon packed brown sugar

  • 1 ½ teaspoon cornstarch

  • 1 teaspoon ground ginger

  • ¼ teaspoon cayenne pepper

  • 6 green onions, chopped


  1. For Spicy Meatballs, in a large bowl whisk together egg and milk. Add bread. Let stand 10 minutes, just until bread is softened. Add beef, garlic, black pepper, salt, and cayenne pepper. Mix thoroughly with hands or wooden spoon. Shape beef mixture in 48 one-inch meatballs.

  2. In a 12-inch skillet heat oil over medium heat. Cook meatballs, half at a time, about 6 minutes per batch, turning occasionally until brown and crusty on outside and no longer pink inside. Transfer meatballs to a covered dish; cover to keep warm. Drain fat from skillet; wipe out skillet.

  3. For Apple Glaze, in a small bowl combine apple juice, soy sauce, brown sugar, cornstarch, ginger, and cayenne pepper. In same skillet as meatballs were cooked, cook and stir juice mixture until thickened and bubbly (at full boil). Cook and stir 2 minutes more. Return meatballs to skillet to heat through and coat with sauce. Transfer glazed meatballs a serving dish. Top with green onions.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

143 Calories
8g Fat
10g Carbs
9g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 12
Calories 143
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 8g 10%
Saturated Fat 3g 15%
Cholesterol 42mg 14%
Sodium 297mg 13%
Total Carbohydrate 10g 4%
Total Sugars 6g
Protein 9g
Vitamin C 1.8mg 9%
Calcium 40.4mg 3%
Iron 1.3mg 7%
Potassium 184mg 4%
Folate, total 16.1mcg
Vitamin B-12 0.9mcg
Vitamin B-6 0.2mg

*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.

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