Monday, September 10, 2007

meatballs in an apricot sauce

meatballs in an easy apricot sauce

this main dish can be baked and served in the same casserole dish. it is a type of sweet meatball dish which is balanced by the tomato sauce it is baked in. green peppers add texture and colour to it, also.


1 pound ground beef
1 egg

1 tsp salt

1/2 tsp pepper
1/2 tsp garlic and onion powder
1/2 tsp paprika

1/3 - 1/2 c breadcrumbs or matzo meal

1 large green pepper

1/2 jar apricot jam

1 or 2 8 oz cans (hunt's type) tomato SAUCE

extra salt, pepper, sugar as needed


mix the meat with the egg and spices.

add the breadcrumbs or matzo meal.

mix well.

make meatballs with wet hands and set aside.

slice the green pepper into 1/4 to 1/2 inch strips.

in a dutch oven type pot, with a little oil, add the meatballs and fry them for about 7 to 10 minutes over medium heat, turning often.

add the green pepper and saute for another 4 to 5 minutes.

add the apricot jam and the tomato sauce. decide how much tomato sauce you want. remember, the meat will give off juices, too. you can fill the can of tomato sauce with cold water and add it to the pot also.

bring to a boil, stirring.

over medium high heat, cook the meatballs in the sauce for about 10 minutes with the lid off.

now transfer the meatballs and sauce to a pyrex (8 x 8 should be fine) and place in a preheated oven at 350 for about 45 minutes, uncovered.

remove from oven and serve. reheats well.



Rosa's Yummy Yums said...

That's a great idea! Those meatballs look very tasty, yummy! It changes from the usual sauce...

burekaboy — said...

rosa - thank you :) these are the best kind of recipes, only minimal ingredients and great tasting results! :)

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TopChamp said...

I would never have thought of adding apricot jam to a sauce like this.

I checked my blog for this time last year - we spent most of last September living off cooking apples from my garden and wild blackberries. I stewed them, baked them, made them into pie and crumble... but will have a browse to see if you have any more ideas for apply things.

burekaboy — said...

TC - yup, it's actually a pretty common thing to do (at least, where i live).

apples & wild blackberries -- definitely sounds like perfect things to live off :) mine come from the grocery store! LOL, count yourself lucky.