This recipe brings a touch of middle east kitchen to regular meat balls, by simmering them in a sweet cinnamon sauce with raisins.

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Ingredients

6
Original recipe yields 6 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • In a medium bowl, mix together the meat, one onion, eggs, and bread. Season with salt and pepper. Form into small balls. Heat 1/4 cup of oil in a skillet over medium-high heat. Fry the meatballs until browned. Remove from heat, and set aside.

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  • In a large saucepan, heat remaining 1/2 cup of oil. Fry the remaining 4 onions until golden. Carefully add the meatballs. Mix in the raisins, cinnamon, honey, and water. Bring to a boil, then reduce heat and simmer for about an hour. Season with salt and pepper before serving.

Editor's Note

We have determined the nutritional value of oil for frying based on a retention value of 10% after cooking. The exact amount may vary depending on cook time and temperature, ingredient density, and the specific type of oil used.

Nutrition Facts

466.8 calories; 28.9 g protein; 31.8 g carbohydrates; 62 mg cholesterol; 172 mg sodium. Full Nutrition

Reviews (12)

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Rating: 4 stars
12/27/2003
My husband made these and I loved it! Don't be put off by the amount of onions in it they become nice and sweet after cooking and with the raisins honey and cinnamon. We used ground turkey with great results. Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 3 stars
05/15/2008
This was okay but like other reveiwers i felt like it was missing something. I tried adding some allspice and it seemed to just enhance the sweetness maybe something to had a bit og spiciness to contrast with the sweet would work better. Play around with it and it could be great. Read More
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15 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 5
  • 4 star values: 7
  • 3 star values: 1
  • 2 star values: 0
  • 1 star values: 2
Rating: 4 stars
12/26/2003
My husband made these and I loved it! Don't be put off by the amount of onions in it they become nice and sweet after cooking and with the raisins honey and cinnamon. We used ground turkey with great results. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
06/18/2009
Initially I got the Huh? look from my family when I mentioned this recipe but once the meatballs were on the table they were eaten with gusto. Having made this recipe several times now I've made a few adjustments: 1) Grate one onion and use this in the meat. It's easier to form the meatballs 2) use 2-3 pieces of soggy bread that are either torn or sliced. One piece wasn't enough to hold together all the meat 3) add more raisins (but that's a taste preference) 4) add more Middle Eastern spices. We add a pinch of cardamom some allspice and lots of cumin. The additional spices and raisins help increase the sweet to savory ratio. Finally about those onions. Yes they do produce water and create a liquid for the meatballs to simmer in. And with the additional spices they are quite tasty. But 5 were just too much. Because we eat the meatballs as is (rather than served with pasta or rice) the onions overwhelmed the meat. I've since cut down on the number of onions used and add water instead before simmering. Overall great recipe. Thanks. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
07/29/2010
I made this with half ground chicken and half ground beef and added in the onion as another reviewer suggested. I also used bread soaked in milk and the balls formed nicely. I also added a fair bit more water and some chicken broth for the sauce. It had a great sweet/savory flavor. Yum! Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
03/06/2007
My husband came in and asked what was for dinner. I said "meatballs." He looked in the pot and said "Raisins with meatballs?" He was rather skeptical... After a few bites he looked at me and said "My dear you have once again achieved the unlikely." He likes it! And so do I. It's an unusual combination of flavors but very good! I think it needs something else though... cloves... and/or garlic... maybe? Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
06/28/2008
Very tasty. A unique combination of flavors. We served it over brown rice and there was enough sauce to go around. Read More
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Rating: 3 stars
05/15/2008
This was okay but like other reveiwers i felt like it was missing something. I tried adding some allspice and it seemed to just enhance the sweetness maybe something to had a bit og spiciness to contrast with the sweet would work better. Play around with it and it could be great. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
04/19/2011
This was very very good. I scaled this down and left the egg out. I used panko bread crumbs and added a plash of 2% milk to dampen them barely. I used dried minced onion in the meatballs themselves and sliced the rest up instead of chopping them. I didn't use nearly the amount of oil they called for only used as little as possible. I used chicken broth instead of water as is my norm. I paired this with some basmati "simple spiced rice" that had cinnamon stick and bay leaf and it was a perfect combo! Thanks for a wonderful meal. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
09/09/2008
These were Amazing! I didn't use all of the onions but next time I will. Onions produce water and I needed a few extra tablespoons. I also added garlic to the meatballs. DE-LISH! These will absolutely be a staple in my house! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
01/20/2011
I was really surprised at how well this worked Read More
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