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Maple-Apple-Glazed Breakfast Meatballs

Maple-Apple-Glazed Breakfast Meatballs

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  • Makes: 8 servings
  • Prep 40 mins
  • Bake 8 mins to 10 mins

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Perfect for holiday brunches, mini pork meatballs are a sweet and salty alternative to sides of bacon or sausage.


  • Nonstick cooking spray
  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 cup quick-cooking oats
  • 1 small red-skinned cooking apple, cored and finely choppped (about 1/2 cup)
  • 2 teaspoons snipped fresh sage or 1/2 teaspoon dried sage, crushed
  • 3/4 teaspoon fennel seeds, crushed
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 1 pound ground pork
  • Maple-Apple Glaze
  • 1/4 cup apple jelly
  • 1/4 cup pure maple syrup
  • Fresh sage (optional)


  1. Meatballs Line a15x10x1-inch baking pan with foil; coat with cooking spray. Set aside. In a large bowl, beat egg lightly with a fork. Stir in oats, apple, sage, fennel seeds, salt, and pepper. Add pork; mix until combined.
  2. Meatballs Shape mixture into 40, 1-inch meatballs. Place meatballs 1/2 inch apart in prepared baking pan.
  3. Meatballs Bake meatballs in a 400 degrees F oven on the middle rack of the oven for 8 to 10 minutes or until cooked through (160 degrees F).
  4. Maple-Apple Glaze Meanwhile, in a small saucepan, heat jelly and maple syrup over medium-low heat, whisking until jelly is melted and mixture is smooth. Drizzle 1/4 cup of the jelly mixture over the baked meatballs, lightly toss to coat and bake meatballs 2 minutes more.
  5. Maple-Apple Glaze Transfer meatballs to a serving platter. Drizzle with remaining 1/4 cup of jelly mixture. If you like, garnish with fresh sage.

Make Ahead Tip

  • Prepare meatballs as directed through step 2. Cover and chill meatballs up to 4 hours. To serve, uncover meatballs and bake as directed.

Nutrition Facts

(Maple-Apple-Glazed Breakfast Meatballs)

Servings Per Recipe 8, Niacin (mg) 2, carb. (g) 19, Pyridoxine (Vit. B6) (mg) 0, Monounsaturated fat (g) 6, Thiamin (mg) 0, sat. fat (g) 5, Riboflavin (mg) 0, sodium (mg) 191, fiber (g) 1, Potassium (mg) 229, sugar (g) 13, Polyunsaturated fat (g) 1, Folate (µg) 7, Trans fatty acid (g) 0, Cobalamin (Vit. B12) (µg) 0, chol. (mg) 64, vit. C (mg) 1, pro. (g) 11, calcium (mg) 28, vit. A (IU) 68, iron (mg) 1, cal. (kcal) 232, Fat, total (g) 12

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