Meatballs in Cherry Sauce – a Ground Veal Recipe

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I received a package of veal from Adriana’s Best Recipes and veal.org You can visit vealdiscoverdelicious on instagram. I have to admit that I had never used ground veal before. Veal cutlets – yes. Chops, uh-huh. But ground. Honestly never thought it existed. Probably should have but it is now on my radar. This ground veal recipe is a result of my education in all things new in the world of veal.

plated veal piccata

I shared my recipe for Classic Veal Piccata using the cutlets I received and today I have a recipe that is from my imagination.

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Cherry Meatballs – a Ground Veal Recipe

Serves 3 – 4

  • 1 lb ground veal (or lamb or beef)
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 2 tsp grated gingerroot
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 cup plain bread crumbs
  • 1 TBS canola oil

For the Cherry Sauce

  • 1 cup cherries either frozen or fresh
  • 1/2 cup apple juice
  • 1/4 cup white wine
  • 1 TBS unsalted butter

For the Carrots

  • 1 bunch rainbow carrots
  • drizzle of olive oil
  • salt and pepper

Make the Meatballs:

  • Preheat the oven to 350
make ground veal recipe
  • In a large bowl gently mix together the ground meat, ginger, garlic, breadcrumbs, salt and egg.
  • Using a small cookie baller or a TBS at a time form the meatballs.
cook veal meatballs
  • Heat a fry pan over medium heat. Add the oil
  • Fry the meatballs on each side for two minutes. Do a few at a time and do not crowd the pan. Remove the ones that have been cooked to a plate.
  • When all of the meatballs have been fried return them all to the pan and finish cooking in the preheated oven for 7 – 10 minutes.
  • When the meatballs are done add them to the cherry sauce to coat.

Make the Cherry Sauce

  • add the apple juice and white wine to a small saucepan over med heat and reduce by half.
  • stir in the cherries and cook until soft.
  • Remove from the heat and add the unsalted butter. Stir until it dissolves.
  • Taste and adjust seasonings.
  • Add the meatballs and coat with the sauce.

To Make the Carrots:

  • clean and cut the carrots into slices
  • place in a baking pan
  • drizzle with olive oil and sprinkle with salt
  • bake in the preheated oven for 15 – 20 minutes

How Were the Meatballs in Cherry Sauce?

These were some very tasty meatballs. The ginger went so very well with the cherries and we both enjoyed them very much. I served them over jasmine rice – which you must figure by now is my go/to rice.

The husband enjoyed his carrots very much. I am not a big fan of carrots – rainbow or otherwise but I am happy to cook them for him.

It is nice to add a ground veal recipe to my catalog. I honestly didn’t know it was out there. It has a richer taste than ground beef and it did pair wonderfully with the cherries.

I have used cherries before in main dishes as in this rice salad with seared ahi or this salmon and cherries in a cherry ale sauce. They are wonderful when it’s their season but it’s also great to have some in the freezer to use any time of year for a sweet surprise in a savory dish.

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