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Meatballs with Raisins and Honey Recipe

Meatballs with Raisins and Honey

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"This recipe brings a touch of middle east kitchen to regular meat balls, by simmering them in a sweet cinnamon sauce with raisins."

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Original recipe makes 6 servings Change Servings
  • PREP

    20 mins
  • COOK

    1 hr

    1 hr 20 mins


  1. In a medium bowl, mix together the meat, one onion, eggs, and bread. Season with salt and pepper. Form into small balls. Heat 1/4 cup of oil in a skillet over medium-high heat. Fry the meatballs until browned. Remove from heat, and set aside.
  2. In a large saucepan, heat remaining 1/2 cup of oil. Fry the remaining 4 onions until golden. Carefully add the meatballs. Mix in the raisins, cinnamon, honey, and water. Bring to a boil, then reduce heat and simmer for about an hour. Season with salt and pepper before serving.
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  • Editor's Note
  • We have determined the nutritional value of oil for frying based on a retention value of 10% after cooking. The exact amount may vary depending on cook time and temperature, ingredient density, and the specific type of oil used.

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Most Helpful Positive Review
Dec 26, 2003

My husband made these and I loved it! Don't be put off by the amount of onions in it, they become nice and sweet after cooking and with the raisins, honey and cinnamon. We used ground turkey with great results.

Most Helpful Critical Review
May 14, 2008

This was okay, but like other reveiwers i felt like it was missing something. I tried adding some allspice and it seemed to just enhance the sweetness, maybe something to had a bit og spiciness to contrast with the sweet would work better. Play around with it, and it could be great.

Jul 29, 2010

I made this with half ground chicken and half ground beef, and added in the onion as another reviewer suggested. I also used bread soaked in milk and the balls formed nicely. I also added a fair bit more water and some chicken broth for the sauce. It had a great sweet/savory flavor. Yum!

Jun 18, 2009

Initially, I got the “Huh?” look from my family when I mentioned this recipe, but once the meatballs were on the table, they were eaten with gusto. Having made this recipe several times now, I've made a few adjustments: 1) Grate one onion and use this in the meat. It's easier to form the meatballs 2) use 2-3 pieces of soggy bread that are either torn or sliced. One piece wasn't enough to hold together all the meat 3) add more raisins (but, that's a taste preference) 4) add more Middle Eastern spices. We add a pinch of cardamom, some allspice and lots of cumin. The additional spices and raisins help increase the sweet to savory ratio. Finally, about those onions. Yes, they do produce water and create a liquid for the meatballs to simmer in. And with the additional spices, they are quite tasty. But 5 were just too much. Because we eat the meatballs as is (rather than served with pasta or rice), the onions overwhelmed the meat. I've since cut down on the number of onions used and add water instead before simmering. Overall, great recipe. Thanks.

Mar 06, 2007

My husband came in and asked what was for dinner. I said "meatballs." He looked in the pot and said "Raisins with meatballs?" He was rather skeptical ... After a few bites, he looked at me and said, "My dear, you have once again achieved the unlikely." He likes it! And so do I. It's an unusual combination of flavors, but very good! I think it needs something else, though ... cloves ... and/or garlic ... maybe?

Jun 28, 2008

Very tasty. A unique combination of flavors. We served it over brown rice and there was enough sauce to go around.

Jan 20, 2011

I was really surprised at how well this worked

Sep 09, 2008

These were Amazing! I didn't use all of the onions but next time I will. Onions produce water and I needed a few extra tablespoons. I also added garlic to the meatballs. DE-LISH! These will absolutely be a staple in my house!


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  • Calories
  • 467 kcal
  • 23%
  • Carbohydrates
  • 31.8 g
  • 10%
  • Cholesterol
  • 62 mg
  • 21%
  • Fat
  • 26.2 g
  • 40%
  • Fiber
  • 3 g
  • 12%
  • Protein
  • 28.9 g
  • 58%
  • Sodium
  • 172 mg
  • 7%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.

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