Comfort Me with Apples: Johnny Appleseed

My name is Kathleen Raskin, and I’d like to welcome you to my Las Vegas kitchen! Today at Kathey Jo’s Kitchen, we’re going to make a dish in celebration of Johnny Appleseed. He’s one of America’s great legends. John Chapman was an American settler who moved west. As he traveled westward, he planted and sold apple trees along the way. What’s your favorite recipe involving apples? Share them with your friends at Kathey Jo’s Kitchen!


Johnny Appleseed Meatballs

Prep: 15 m

Cook: 15 m

Ready in: 30 m


  • 1-pound ground beef
  • ¼ cup dried bread crumbs
  • ½ cup peeled and chopped apple
  • 1 egg
  • 1 teaspoon onion salt
  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 tablespoon brown sugar
  • 1 (.75 ounce) packet dry brown gravy mix


  1. In a large bowl, combine ground beef with chopped apple, bread crumbs, egg and onion salt. Divide into 18 to 20 meatballs. Roll each one between your hands to shape into a ball.
  2. Heat a large skillet and add oil. Cook the meatballs until browned; pour off fat.
  3. Stir in water, brown sugar and gravy mix. Cover and simmer for 15 minutes


Johnny Appleseed Cake


  • ½ cup margarine or ½ cup butter or ½ cup shortening
  • 1 3⁄4 cups sweetened applesauce (1 lb. can)
  • 2 cups flour
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • ½ teaspoon nutmeg
  • ¼ teaspoon ground cloves
  • 1 cup raisins or 1 cup chopped nuts, or half of each


  1. Preheat oven to 350.
  2. Generously grease bottom of 8″ square pan (or 11 x 7).
  3. In a large saucepan, combine butter and applesauce, heating over medium until butter melts Remove from heat and blend in all remaining ingredients, stirring until well combined
  4. Pour batter into pan, spreading to edges.
  5. Bake at 350 degrees for 30-35 minutes until top springs back when touched.
  6. Serve warm or cool, plain or with whipped cream.