For the meatballs:
1/2 pound ground beef
1/2 pound ground pork
1/2 cup granny smith apple, grated
3/4 cup panko crumbs
1/2 teaspoon each salt and pepper
2 cloves garlic, minced
2 teaspoons fresh sage, finely chopped
1 egg slightly beaten
2 tablespoons parsley, chopped
For the Glaze:
1 cup apple cider
1/2 cup brown sugar
1/2 cup ketchup
2 tablespoons soy sauce
1/4 cup apple cider vinegar
1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
2 teaspoons fresh thyme leaves
Bake meatballs for 20 minutes or until cooked through.
For the Sauce:
Mix all ingredients in a medium saucepan. Bring to a low boil over medium-high heat. Reduce heat and simmer sauce for 30 minutes, stirring occasionally.
Cook until sauce has reduced to a thick glaze. It should be able to coat the meatballs.
Place meatballs in a serving dish and drizzle with sauce. Serve extra sauce on the side and garnish with thyme leaves if desired.
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