Savory Meatballs Glazed in Paprika Pear Sauce

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We had a lovely dinner tonight, Savory Meatballs Glazed in Paprika Pear Sauce. It might seem like an odd combination, but it is quite delicious. The meatballs contain a tasty mix of minced parsley, raisins, and Parmesan. But when this dish comes together on your plate and you enjoy all the flavors presented, no one stands out. 

We served the meatballs over brown rice and enjoyed a salad on the side. A perfect dinner, well balanced in flavor and easy on the cook, definitely could be a weeknight dinner. I used a Bosc pear, but next time it will be a Bartlett. For me it is hard to beat a Bartlett pear, they are always juicy and delicious. 

Savory Meatballs Glazed in Paprika Pear Sauce, delicious and easy enough for weeknights!
Savory Meatballs Glazed in Paprika Pear Sauce
Savory Meatballs Glazed in a Paprika Pear Sauce
adapted from: The Farmer's Cookbook, from America's Farm Kitchens

1 pound lean ground beef
1/2 c minced onion
1/4 c raisins, finely chopped
1/4 c minced parsley
1/4 c Parmesan Cheese (finely grated)
1 thick slice bread
1 egg
3/4 t garlic salt
1/2 t salt
fresh ground pepper 

1 1/4 c beef stock - divided
1 T butter
1 T lemon juice or cider vinegar
1 t sugar or honey
1 small bay leaf
2 t paprika
2 t cornstarch

1 or 2 pears, quartered, cored and sliced again lengthwise

Pour 1/4 c stock over the bread to soften, break apart with your hands, add ground beef through fresh ground pepper. Mix well, shape into 20 meatballs.  

Savory Meatballs Glazed in Paprika Pear Sauce. Not too sweet, and easy enough for weeknights.
Making meatballs for Savory Meatballs Glazed in Paprika Pear Sauce.

Melt butter in a skillet, add meatballs, brown on one side, gently turn over and brown the other side. Combine remaining stock with lemon juice, sugar, bay leaf, paprika, and corn starch. Stir well, pour over meatballs, cover and simmer 15 minutes. 

Savory Meatballs Glazed in Paprika Pear Sauce, ready to add the pears. Not too sweet, and easy enough for weeknights.
Savory Meatballs Glazed in Paprika Pear Sauce, ready for the pears.

Remove cover, turn up the heat to high and bring to a boil, reduce heat to simmer. Add pear pieces, spoon sauce over pears and meatballs. Simmer uncovered until sauce is thickened. Serve with brown rice or your choice of side dish. 


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  1. Oh, I bet these are delicious. And I'm thinking made into mini meatballs they'd be great as appetizers.

  2. Paprika pear ! Genius. Have a great week. Cheers from Carole's Chatter

  3. Meatballs in a pear paprika sauce sounds so intriguing.

    1. I thought so also and they really are good. Thanks for dropping by.

  4. These look delicious!! Thanks for sharing on the What's for Dinner link up!


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