Pine Nut Raisin Meatballs Recipe

These crunchy-tender meatballs can be made as an appetizer or served as part of dinner.

1 large egg
1/4 cup milk
1/4 cup dry breadcrumbs
1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese
1/4 cup finely chopped onion
1/4 cup raisins (any kind)
1/4 cup pine nuts, coarsely chopped
2 tbsp chopped fresh parsley
1 tbsp balsamic vinegar
1-1/2 tsp minced fresh rosemary (or 1/2 tsp crumbled, dried rosemary)
3 cloves garlic, minced
1/2 tsp salt
1/4 tsp pepper
500 g ground beef
Chopped fresh parsley for garnish


Step 1: Preheat oven to 375°F.

Step 2: In large bowl, beat egg with milk. Stir in breadcrumbs, cheese, onion, raisins, pine nuts, parsley, vinegar, rosemary, garlic, salt and pepper. Mix in beef.

Step 3: Shape heaping tablespoonfuls into balls. Place on greased metal rack (like a cooling rack) set on top of rimmed baking sheet. Bake for 20 minutes or until no longer pink inside.

Step 4: Transfer to platter. Sprinkle with parsley.

Makes about 24 meatballs, 4 to 6 servings


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