One Meatball (and No Spaghetti)

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Yes, it’s cold and snowy out there and I already only want to eat meat until spring, but I also work in New York, where it’s impossible to spend any time at all without having meatballs thrust upon you. (Er, “without encountering meatballs”? “Without reading about them” or “passing a restaurant that has them on the menu”?) Just off the top of my head, there’s The Meatball Shop, a recent meatball feature in The New York Times, Eataly‘s braised brisket meatballs (Woe is me, they’re across the street from my office!) and Deb at Smitten Kitchen happened to run a beautiful post a few weeks ago about Canal House Cooking‘s Scallion Meatballs. So who can blame me for having balls of meat on the brain?

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Naturally, I wanted something a little bit different (not Italian, not Asian-inspired), so I searched for lamb meatballs recipe with a middle-eastern riff, which I found from Nigella Lawson/Food Network. Shall we all take a minute here to breathe a contented sigh as we picture the lovely Ms. Lawson? (aaaahhhh)

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Her recipes have always worked for me, so tinkering was minimal, limited to replacing the semolina with quinoa flour to make these gluten-free. (Get the recipe here.)

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Please ignore the Eddie Murphy welfare burger appearance of this meatball.

I decided to add a pomegranate glaze just because I wanted a bright contrast to the earthiness of the lamb. It worked so well, it’ll become a permanent part of the rotation, I believe. If it’s not too frou-frou, maybe I’ll even make it for a Super Bowl appetizer (though it won’t go well with the inevitable cheese dip).

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But it was a late lunch for us today, so I served it with apricot and caramelized onion brown rice to make a meal of it. The rice was superfluous; we could’ve made an entire meal of the meatballs and lived happily to tell the tale.

recipe after the jump

Pomegranate Glaze adapted from Epicurious
Serve this with lamb meatballs from Nigella Lawson/Food Network

1 cup pomegranate juice
1 tablespoon sugar
1 teaspoon molasses
1 4-inch strip of orange zest
2 teaspoons of balsamic vinegar

Place all ingredients in a small pan and boil until reduced to scant 1/4 cup glaze, stirring occasionally, about 5 minutes. Season glaze to taste with salt.

While glaze is still warm, spoon/brush over individual meatballs or place meatballs in a large bowl and toss with the glaze.

11 Replies to “One Meatball (and No Spaghetti)”

  1. mouth-watering… and great photos to boot. (:

    and as someone working in healthcare, i think your blog name is doubly awesome!

  2. Thanks, everyone! You should try the lamb recipe (or modify it for your diet) — it’s really delicious!

    Justin – I love Zenspotting! Feel free to submit a picture, provided it links back here. Thank you!

  3. Yuuummmm! Id like to hear more about this apricot and caramelized onion brown rice! My bf is gluten free and I love finding new ways to make rice and quinoa interesting! Thx 🙂

  4. Hi Megan! I didn’t post about it because it still needs some work, but all I did was caramelize onions on the stovetop, added a little garlic in the last minute or so, then tossed it in a rice cooker with brown rice, apricots, chicken broth and some salt. I added chopped parsley at the end from the look of it, but I honestly don’t remember!

  5. Sounds super yummy…I will experiment with this idea and hopefully you will post about it in the future 🙂 Thanks for letting me know! This also makes me think I need to just give in and get a rice cooker 🙂 Love your blog!

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