This is a traditional meal in the homes of the French Canadians that will leave your home smelling of warm spices and your belly full.

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Ingredients

8
Original recipe yields 8 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • Preheat oven to 425 degrees F (220 degrees C). Spread flour out in a thin, even layer on a baking sheet.

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  • Roast the flour in the preheated oven until medium brown in color, 10 to 15 minutes; stir often and watch carefully to avoid burning. Remove the flour from the baking sheet immediately once the desired color has been reached; set aside in a shallow bowl to cool.

  • Melt butter in a large, heavy pot over medium heat, and cook and stir the onion until translucent, about 5 minutes. Transfer the onion to a large mixing bowl. In a small bowl, mix the cinnamon, nutmeg, and cloves; stir the spice mix into the onion. Place ground pork, parsley, egg, and bread crumbs into the bowl, and mix to combine thoroughly. Form the meat mixture into 1-inch meatballs; roll each meatball in the roasted flour. Reserve unused flour.

  • Pour the chicken broth into the pot, bring to a boil over medium heat, and carefully drop in the meatballs, a few at a time, stirring to keep them from sticking on the bottom. Drop in the bay leaf. Simmer the meatballs for 20 minutes; mix in the potatoes, and simmer until potatoes are tender and the broth has reduced, an additional 20 minutes. Transfer the meatballs into a bowl with a slotted spoon.

  • Remove and discard bay leaf. Mix remaining roasted flour with cold water in a cup, and gradually whisk the flour mixture into the simmering broth to thicken. Bring the gravy to a full boil, and cook, stirring constantly, until the gravy thickens, about 5 minutes. Return the meatballs to the stew, and serve.

Nutrition Facts

445.3 calories; protein 27.9g 56% DV; carbohydrates 35.6g 12% DV; fat 20.9g 32% DV; cholesterol 107.5mg 36% DV; sodium 230.2mg 9% DV. Full Nutrition

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Rating: 4 stars
07/14/2011
The recipe I have does not have egg or onion in the meatballs and we roast the meatballs in the oven before putting them in the broth. But the essential is there and very good. I serve it with mashed potatoes with the sauce instead of milk. Delish!!! Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 2 stars
07/19/2011
The clove was overpowering in an otherwise decent recipe Read More
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  • 5 star values: 7
  • 4 star values: 4
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Rating: 4 stars
07/14/2011
The recipe I have does not have egg or onion in the meatballs and we roast the meatballs in the oven before putting them in the broth. But the essential is there and very good. I serve it with mashed potatoes with the sauce instead of milk. Delish!!! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
01/15/2016
I had never had a recipe with these spices added to meat so I was hesitant to try it but I made the recipe exactly as described. It turned out wonderful! It was delicious. The only change I would make would be to add a small onion instead of a large onion because the onion to meat ratio was a bit much for me. Even so, this was a delicious meal and I will make it again. I served it with a side of steamed carrots with brown sugar and nutmeg. My husband and my grandsons ate large portions and got refills, so it was a hit all the way around! Read More
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Rating: 2 stars
07/18/2011
The clove was overpowering in an otherwise decent recipe Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
02/07/2016
very good. next time i would cut the cloves by at least half and use about 1/2 the remaining flour for the gravy. did everything the way the recipe called and everything was pretty much dead on. the roasted flour was something totally new for me. really liked the added flavor. will make again. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
12/31/2017
I followed the recipe but seemed a little short on liquid when I started cooking the meatballs and so added a little more broth. They were delicious! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
04/30/2015
Feel like I'm in my grandma's dining room, just awesome recipe Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
10/17/2019
I made this recipe exactly as stated and it was amazing. There was so much flavour and it was the perfect comfort food for a fall day. My whole family loved it. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
09/30/2014
My mother and memere always made this recipe with just cinnamon. Good recipe though. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
03/10/2018
loved this dish Read More