I don’t know why it’s taken me so long to post this recipe. I’ve already done it twice–and once was for my very not-Paleo parents. Huge hit…no big deal or anything. I love it when that happens.
The apricot is what really makes them something special. As they bake, the sweet juices from the fruit carmelises and makes a sinfully sweet-and-savory glaze and syrupy sauce on the bottom of the pan. Both times I made this I’ve gone back to the pan cooling on the stove and spooned apricot goo out of the bottom into my mouth with a big spoon. So classy.
I’ve been horrible about posting a lot of stuff lately. My backlog is a little ridiculous but I won’t lie to you. I’ve been super lazy lately. I blame the cold. And random snowstorms in March. Global warming is a bitch.
I also blame giving up caffeine. Look, I’m totally sleeping like a baby, which is so awesome and worth the pain, but OMG I’m such a zombie the rest of the day. A well-rested zombie, but still. Reading this article was what pushed me over the edge, but I’ve known for a while that the absurd amount of coffee I was drinking on a daily basis was getting bad. It’s been a cycle my whole adult life…I’ll be cool with 2 or 3 cups in the morning for a while, then I’ll get on this kick where I kill a whole pot (like a normal POT, not one of those wussy 4-cup dealios) in…a couple hours? Then grab a grande at lunch hour. And another one after work…still tired. Then wonder why I can’t sleep. Alright I won’t bore you…I’ll do an article on its own about this stuff once I get my wits about me. So, meatballs.
- 2 lbs Ground Lamb
- 2 Eggs
- 1 c Dried Apricots
- ½ c Pine Nuts
- 1 t Salt
- ½ t Allspice
- Put the apricots in a food processor and pulse until they are finely chopped. Set Aside.
- Put the Pine Nuts into the food processor and pulse until it resembles a coarse meal. Set aside.
- In a large bowl, combine all ingredients.
- With your hands, mix the ingredients until blended but DO NOT overmix or else the meatballs will be tough.
- Shape the mixture into meatballs (golf-ball size for me), and arrange in a greased baking dish.
- Bake for 40 minutes at 375 degrees.