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North African Meatballs With California Prunes And Pine Nuts by Healthy Delicious

North African Meatballs With California Prunes And Pine Nuts by Healthy Delicious

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These meatballs, served with a rich prune and pine nut gravy, were inspired by the flavors of North Africa. Serve over Orzo, rice, or couscous for an extra special weeknight dinner.

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North African Meatballs With California Prunes And Pine Nuts by Healthy Delicious
Yields4 Servings
Prep Time20 minsCook Time45 minsTotal Time1 hr 5 mins

Prunes are a natural fit for baked goods – they’re an awesome addition to oatmeal cookies and are delicious paired with chocolate – but they’re also great in savory recipes.

In this meatball recipe, the prunes cook down and help thicken the gravy and add a subtle sweetness that balances out the more savory elements. I also added wine and lemon juice to keep the flavor of the dish bright and stirred in a smattering of pine nuts for texture. It’s so flavorful that you won’t believe it comes together in just 20 minutes!

 ½ lb lean ground beef
 ½ lb ground pork
 1 egg, beaten
 1 cup Italian seasoned bread crumbs (can use gluten-free)
 4 cloves garlic, minced (divided)
 1 yellow onion, minced (divided)
 2 tbsp avocado oil or olive oil
 2 cups chicken stock
 10 prunesquartered
 1 lemonjuiced
  cup pine nuts
 1 handful chopped parsley
  plain Greek yogurt and lemon wedges, for serving(Optional)

For maximum flavor, I used a combination of beef and pork for these meatballs. You can do the same or use your favorite meatball recipe. In a pinch, you can even use premade meatballs from the butcher case for a super easy weeknight meal – when it comes down to it, this recipe is all about that delicious gravy.

Meatballs with Pine Nuts and Prunes

North African Meatballs With California Prunes And Pine Nuts - Photo credit Healthy Delicious

Ingredients

 ½ lb lean ground beef
 ½ lb ground pork
 1 egg, beaten
 1 cup Italian seasoned bread crumbs (can use gluten-free)
 4 cloves garlic, minced (divided)
 1 yellow onion, minced (divided)
 2 tbsp avocado oil or olive oil
 2 cups chicken stock
 10 prunesquartered
 1 lemonjuiced
  cup pine nuts
 1 handful chopped parsley
  plain Greek yogurt and lemon wedges, for serving(Optional)
North African Meatballs With California Prunes And Pine Nuts by Healthy Delicious

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