Meatballs in Strawberry Rhubarb Sauce

5 meatballs topped by strawberry rhubarb sauce on a blue plate with a serving of couscous

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WHAT?! You thought strawberry and rhubarb was just for dessert? Think again. This tart sauce was perfect for savory meatballs served on couscous and made for a delicious dinner. I used the ground beef that came in my ButcherBox to make the meatballs but any ground meat will work. We both really enjoyed this dinner.

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Strawberry Rhubarb Meatballs

Serves 4

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For the Meatballs:

  • 1 pound ground meat
  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 cup bread crumbs
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp pepper
  • 1 clove garlic, pressed
  • 1 tsp dried oregano
  • 1 tsp dried basil
  • 1 tsp dried thyme

For the Strawberry Rhubarb Sauce:

  • 1 cup quartered strawberries
  • 1/2 cup diced rhubarb
  • 1/4 cup light brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup soy sauce
  • 2 TBS rice vinegar
  • 1 TBS unsalted butter

Make the Meatballs:

  • Preheat oven to 350
  • Mix the ground meat, egg, breadcrumbs, garlic and spices in a mixing bowl.
  • Form meatballs – I use a medium scoop so they are all the same size, about 2 TBS.
  • Pan fry the meatballs to brown them, then finish cooking them in the oven.

Make the Sauce:

  • Add the butter to a saucepan over medium heat, when melted add the rhubarb.
  • When the rhubarb starts to soften add the strawberries.
  • After the strawberries have started to cook down add the brown sugar, rice vinegar and soy sauce.
  • Cook until thickened.
  • Taste and adjust seasoning if needed.
  • Add the meatballs to the sauce to coat.

Make the couscous according to package directions.

Serve the meatballs and sauce with the couscous and a side salad.

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