Lamb & apricot meatballs

Lamb & apricot meatballs

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Cooking time

Prep: 10 mins Cook: 20 mins

Skill level

Easy

Servings

Serves 4

No one can resist meatballs, and this recipe is so moreish you might want to make double and freeze for another time

Nutrition and extra info

Additional info

  • Freezable
Nutrition info

Nutrition per serving

kcalories
411
protein
28g
carbs
26g
fat
22g
saturates
9g
fibre
3g
sugar
13g
salt
0.72g

Ingredients

  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 2 red onions, very finely chopped
  • 4 garlic cloves, crushed
  • 2 tsp each ground cumin and coriander (or 4 tsp Moroccan spice blend)
  • 400g can chopped tomatoes
  • ½ tsp sugar
  • ½ 20g pack mint, finely chopped
  • 500g pack lean lamb mince
  • 8 dried apricots, finely chopped
  • 50g fresh breadcrumbs
  • pitta bread and salad, to serve

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Method

  1. Heat 2 tsp oil in a pan and soften the onions for 5 mins. Add the garlic and spices and cook for a few mins more. Spoon half the onion mixture into a bowl and set aside to cool. Add the tomatoes, sugar and seasoning to the remaining onions in the pan and simmer for about 10 mins until reduced.
  2. Meanwhile, add the mint, lamb, apricots and breadcrumbs to the cooled onions, season and mix well with your hands. Shape into little meatballs.
  3. Heat the rest of the oil in a non-stick pan and fry the meatballs until golden (in batches if you need to). Stir in the sauce with a splash of water and gently cook everything for a few mins until the meatballs are cooked through. Serve with pitta bread and salad.

Recipe from Good Food magazine, August 2010

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bethocallaghan's picture
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These were very good. I made the sauce a bit more abundant and served with some (proper) couscous.

icecreamdogpark's picture
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Absolutely Fantastic quick and easy ,Served with A.Harriots Moroccan Cous Cous which i put Pine nuts in,Very yummy meal ,Thanks

littlerhoden's picture
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Served this up to friends and it was a great success. Really delicious. I served it with penne pasta and therefore could have done with a bit more sauce but will adjust that next time. Friends took the recipe home. Will definitely make it again

hamilk's picture
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These meatballs are really soft and delicious - they didn't fall apart when cooking them either. I think they take a bit longer than the time suggests on the recipe though.

I served them up with a light and lemony couscous and some green salad. My boys hoovered them up so they're a great family meal.

joanannet's picture
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I made the burger recipe and had it with pitta breads and salad.....

gem_gem's picture
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This recipe is really delicious! I had mine with spaghetti and my husband had his with pitta, like the recipe, and it worked well with both. I liked the slight sweetness from the apricots and the mellow taste of the mint. Very yummy!!

cfielder's picture
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Great recipe and easy to do - think I made a little bit too much sauce as it was a bit messy to eat with the pittas but the people eating it didn't seem to mind!!! Would definetly do again.

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