Herb Meatballs with Maple Sweet and Sour

March 21, 2013

Herby MeatballsAlthough I prefer fresh herbs in general, the ones we dried last fall still smell and taste outstanding. I chose the earthy flavours of sage and thyme with a few refreshing notes of mint, knowing this combination would compliment and not overpower the beef, which I got from Scenic Valley Farm over in Margaree and highly recommend. For a sweet and sour sauce to drizzle on before serving, I reduced some maple syrup and apple cider vinegar, but if you’re in the mood for pasta, skip that and go with a tomato sauce. Enjoy!

dried herbsmeatballs and mapple drizzle

Makes 18-24

Herb Meatballs

• 1 1/2 lbs ground beef (or a mix w/pork)
• 1 egg
• 1/4 cup parmesan cheese, grated
• 1 tablespoon dried sage
• 1 tablespoon dried mint
• 1 teaspoon dried thyme
• 2 teaspoons sea salt
• few cracks or black pepper
• dash of hot sauce (optional)
• grapeseed or sunflower oil

In a large bowl, mix all the ingredients well.
Form 20 golf-sized balls and lay them on a plate or pan.
In a shallow pan, heat the oil on medium-high until it sizzles.
Lower the heat and cook the meatballs in two batches, about 7-9 minutes each, turning them once in a while to cook on all sides.
Set aside on a plate and repeat.
Serve with the maple drizzle and some sea salt flakes.

Maple Sweet and Sour

• 1/2 cup maple syrup
• 4 tablespoons apple cider or white wine vinegar

In a small saucepan, simmer the maple syrup and vinegar for about 5 minutes.

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Sue/the view from great island March 21, 2013 at 1:41 pm

Is there anything more tempting than a plate of meatballs? I don’t think so. Except maybe a sizzling pan of meatballs, great shot there! The sweet and sour maple sauce is already being filed away in my brain for future uses. Nice recipe!


Karista March 21, 2013 at 7:28 pm

What an enticing plate of meatballs! Your photography is captivating Bryan. Loving this meatball recipe. One can never have too many meatball recipes. 🙂


Sarah March 25, 2013 at 6:47 am

Meatballs and maple syrup are my favourite things!! I’m drooling!


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