Pork, Apple and Cinnamon Meatballs

photo-324Whoa, how did we get to the last week of summer holidays already?!

These sweet and feisty meatballs have been a big hit with my children over the holidays.

Naturally gluten and grain free these cosy little balls of comfort are bursting with flavour and equally loved by ‘grown-ups’ too.

We are not alone with our love of meatballs this summer.  I read in a Sunday newspaper meatballs are a surprise hit with hipsters in London, Paris and New York.

How accurate this is, I have no idea? But one things for sure, wether meatballs are enjoying a mini renaissance or not this summer, this is a great recipe for any  lover of the little balls of meat.

Minced pork is the traditional meat of choice in Italy for meatballs and is the perfect canvas to soak up the sweet flavours from the cinnamon and apple.

My kids enjoyed these with some gluten-free pasta (my top tip for gluten-free pasta is always to rinse the pasta before eating to get rid of the extra starch).  As I try to avoid all grain I enjoyed these little beauties with some of my butternut squash ‘spaghetti’ pasta see the recipe here.


Serves 6-8

For the Meatballs:

  • 1 kg. 35.2 ounces, of organic, free range minced pork mince
  • 1 x eating apple (preferably organic), finely cut into 1/4 of a cm cubes
  • 1 x bunch of fresh coriander, (cilantro) leaves finely chopped
  • 2 x tablespoons of cinamon
  • 2 x pinches of Maldon (or alternative) sea salt
  • 1 x tablespoon of extra virgin olive oil

For the Tomato Sauce

  • 680g. 680ml,of tomato pasatta, preferably organic
  • 1 tablespoon of good quality balsamic vinegar (preferably organic)
  • 1 tablespoon of extra virgin olive oil


to cook

  1. Mix the pork mince, apple, coriander, cinnamon, salt together and then squeeze into little balls
  2. Heat the oil in a large frying pan and then fry the balls for approx. 10 mins turning every 3-4 mins until all the sides are golden
  3. Heat the pasatta until it boils then turn it down to simmer, adding the balsamic vinegar and extra virgin olive oil and leave on a low heat for 10 mins
  4. Add the pasatta to the meat balls cook on a medium heat for a further 5 mins together.
  5. Serve with gluten-free pasta or my butternut squash spaghetti. Enjoy!

Notes: These meat balls will keep well covered in the fridge or up to 3 days.  They also freeze very well.  This recipe is very adaptable and you could easily change the tomato sauce for a white wine and garlic reduction with parmesan cheese.


13 Responses to “Pork, Apple and Cinnamon Meatballs”

  1. Ema Jones

    I loved the way you’ve used Tomato Sauce…
    Meatballs are my all time fav ❤ ❤

  2. Sophie33

    I made these tasty organic special smaller meatballs & loved them so much! They were just perfect, my hubby Peter agreed with me. X


Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

Basic HTML is allowed. Your email address will not be published.

Subscribe to this comment feed via RSS

%d bloggers like this: