My grandmother was a superb cook and hostess who threw dinner parties with ease and grace. This recipe reflects her Midwestern roots in Kalamazoo, Michigan. I have added fresh herbs from the garden and sparked up the sauce with vinegar, mustard and paprika. Panko is a nice switch from traditional breadcrumbs. Moo Moo usually made her apple sauce, but I bought mine at the grocery store. —Lizthechef
grass-fed, organic ground beef
unsweetened, organic applesauce
medium-sized onion, finely chopped
flat-leaved parsley, chopped
fresh basil, chopped
ground black pepper
unbleached AP flour
365 organic ketchup
sweet Hungarian paprika
organic apple cider vinegar
dry mustard, such as Colman's
organic brown sugar
zest of one lemon
In This Recipe
Beat the eggs slightly and mix in the rest of the ingredients, except for the flour. Shape into meatballs, roll each one in the flour and place on a sided sheet pan.
Preheat the oven to 400 degrees while you prepare the sauce.
Mix all ingredients together and spoon over each meatball.
Bake for 35-40 minutes in 400 degree oven. Serve over buttered egg noodles.