Lamb & apricot meatballs

Lamb & apricot meatballs

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(57 ratings)

Prep: 10 mins Cook: 20 mins


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

  • Freezable

Nutrition: per serving

  • kcal411
  • fat22g
  • saturates9g
  • carbs26g
  • sugars13g
  • fibre3g
  • protein28g
  • salt0.72g
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  • 2 tbsp olive oil
    olive oil

    Olive oil

    ol-iv oyl

    Probably the most widely-used oil in cooking, olive oil is pressed from fresh olives. It's…

  • 2 red onions, very finely chopped
  • 4 garlic cloves, crushed
  • 2 tsp each ground cumin and coriander (or 4 tsp Moroccan spice blend)



    An aromatic spice native to eastern Mediteranean countries and Upper Egypt. This warm,…

  • 400g can chopped tomatoes



    A member of the nightshade family (along with aubergines, peppers and chillies), tomatoes are in…

  • ½ tsp sugar



    Honey and syrups made from concentrated fruit juice were the earliest known sweeteners. Today,…

  • ½ 20g pack mint, finely chopped



    There are several types of mint, each with its own subtle difference in flavour and appearance.…

  • 500g pack lean lamb mince



    A lamb is a sheep that is under 1 year old; between 1 and 2 years old you will find it sold as…

  • 8 dried apricots, finely chopped



    A relative of the peach, nectarine, plum and cherry, apricots are fragrant, with a soft, velvety…

  • 50g fresh breadcrumbs
  • pitta bread and salad, to serve


  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.

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6th Jul, 2011
Gorgeous recipe - a real hit with all the family
1st Jun, 2011
hi this is a lovely recipe--not enough sauce--otherwise no problem,easy to prepare and great flavours--any ideas to bulk up sauce--what about a little cream added at the end of cooking??
22nd Apr, 2011
Really good recipe, easy to make even for me, a complete novice! am going to try the burgers next and cant wait!
5th Apr, 2011
Really easy to make and very tasty! Pity the pittas split though. Will definately be making them again for a Saturday tea - family said they tasted summery!
28th Mar, 2011
I would up the apricot content as my family didn't notice the taste at all. It is also vital that you chill the meatballs. I made one mix without chilling and they collapsed into a total mush. The other batch that was chilled for a couple of hours retained their shape. Enjoy!
10th Mar, 2011
Just wondering at what stage you would freeze this? Also, would you make the sauce and freeze that as well (separately)? Thanks in advance for your advice!
23rd Dec, 2010
These were very good. I made the sauce a bit more abundant and served with some (proper) couscous.
18th Dec, 2010
Absolutely Fantastic quick and easy ,Served with A.Harriots Moroccan Cous Cous which i put Pine nuts in,Very yummy meal ,Thanks
4th Sep, 2010
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
19th Aug, 2010
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.


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