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Kofta Meatballs with Sweet and Sour Cherry Sauce Recipe

Kofta Meatballs with Sweet and Sour Cherry Sauce

Feel free to sub the lamb with ground meat of your choice.
Prep Time 5 mins
Cook Time 20 mins
Servings 8 - 10


For the Cherry Sauce:

  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 shallot, chopped (or 2 tablespoons diced red onion)
  • 1 cup dried cherries
  • 3 teaspoons honey
  • 1 splash of Brandy (optional)
  • 1/2 lemon, juiced
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1 tablespoon minced fresh mint
  • salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste

For the Meatballs:

  • 1 pound ground lamb
  • 1/4 cup sparkling water
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 tablespoons minced fresh parsley
  • 1/2 teaspoon cloves
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon cumin
  • 1/2 teaspoon allspice
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil


To make the Cherry Sauce:

  • In a small saucepan over medium-high heat, add the olive oil and shallot and saute until tender. Add the cherries, honey, lemon juice, water and cinnamon and bring mixture to a boil. Lower the heat and allow to simmer for 5 minutes or until the sauce has thickened. Add salt and pepper to taste. Stir in the mint.

To make the Meatballs:

  • Preheat oven to 375F.
  • In a large mixing bowl, add the ground lamb, sparkling water, garlic, cloves, cinnamon, cumin, allspice, salt and pepper. Mix lightly to incorporate all ingredients. Form mixture into small meatballs.
  • In a large frying pan over medium high, add olive oil. Add meatballs and fry, turning often to brown all over, about 5-7 minutes. You might have to cook meatballs in batches if your pan is too small. After browning all the meatballs, place meatballs on a baking sheet and bake in oven for 10 minutes to cook through. Drizzle with the cherry sauce just before serving.
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