Spiced Apricot Meat Balls

Prep Time
Cook Time
3h 30m
Ready In

Recipe: #22584

January 19, 2016

"This is out of my Party and Snack cookbook...prep time includes refrigeration time."

Original is 7 servings


  • Serving Size: 1 (209 g)
  • Calories 432.4
  • Total Fat - 33.8 g
  • Saturated Fat - 9.2 g
  • Cholesterol - 102 mg
  • Sodium - 554.5 mg
  • Total Carbohydrate - 10.3 g
  • Dietary Fiber - 1.3 g
  • Sugars - 5.6 g
  • Protein - 21.7 g
  • Calcium - 35.7 mg
  • Iron - 2.9 mg
  • Vitamin C - 7.7 mg
  • Thiamin - 0.1 mg

Step by Step Method

Step 1

Soak 4 1/2 oz diced apricots in the brandy for 1 hour.

Step 2

Soak bread in 4 tablespoons of water, squeeze out water, set aside.

Step 3

In a large bowl, place the ground beef, onion, bread, cinnamon, nutmeg, salt, pepper, and egg. Using hands, knead mixture until thoroughly combined. Cover and refrigerate 1 hour.

Step 4

Remove meatball mixture from refrigerator. Take a heaped teaspoon of mixture and roll into a ball with wet hands. Flatten slightly and press thumb in center to form a deep depression.

Step 5

Place 1/4 tsp soaked apricots in center and remold into a ball, covering the apricot. Place on a flat tray and continue to roll the remainder.

Step 6

Cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate at least 30 minutes.

Step 7

For the dipping sauce:.

Step 8

Place diced apricots and water in a small pan with any remaining brandy-soaked apricots. Bring to a boil, reduce heat and simmer 15 minutes or until very soft.

Step 9

Stir in sugar, vinegar, teriyaki sauce, and simmer 2 minutes.

Step 10

Puree in a blender or food processor.

Step 11

Stir in the fresh ginger juice and set aside.

Step 12

Heat oil in a large, heavy-based frying pan.

Step 13

Fry meatballs in 2-3 batches, rolling them around the pan to cook all over and keep their shape (about 4-5 minutes each batch).

Step 14

Drain on paper towels.

Step 15

Place on a heated serving platter, with dipping sauce in the center and toothpicks for serving.


No special items needed.

1 Reviews


These are wonderful! Served with noodles and broccoli but everyone enjoyed these meatballs. I did change things around a little as I forgot about the prep times and skipped most of the prep time. I also skipped cinnamon and ginger juice. I baked in the oven at 350 for about 20 minutes. Thanks for sharing!


review by:
(28 Oct 2022)

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