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Cinnamon and spice meatballs (over chard)

January 19, 2010

I’ve never made meatballs. This is a first. They are not what people would consider traditional meatballs. I was prompted to think about meatballs because Van made some recently.

These turned out very well and I think it’s a nice way to prepare ground meat of any kind really. I’m sure these would be good with turkey or pork as well.


  • 3/4 lb grass fed ground beef
  • 1/4 cup currants
  • 1/4 cup pine nuts
  • 1/2 cup bread crumbs soaked in just enough milk to moisten it all (I don’t think I have wheat sensitive or gluten free readers on a regular basis, but I make my own breadcrumbs out of home made gluten free cornbread, of which I’ve not yet posted the recipe! I simply save a nice sized piece each time I made cornbread and crumble it and let it dry out and then freeze for later use)
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • 2 tsp garlic powder
  • 1 tsp cayenne pepper (I actually would put more next time…wasn’t as spicy as I’d like)
  • salt to taste

Mix all above ingredients and then shape into balls. I broiled these until brown on both sides. I didn’t keep track of the time but it doesn’t take long and it’s good to be nearby while they are cooking.

I served them on top of chard cooked with garlic and olive oil.

8 Comments leave one →
  1. January 19, 2010 10:35 am

    I love the addition of cinnamon in those meatballs!!!! I can smell them from here :) Fantastic recipe.

  2. January 19, 2010 2:03 pm

    with raisins, cinnamon, pine nuts….it sounds Sicilian….I’m sure they are good – mua`

  3. January 19, 2010 9:18 pm

    Oh, they look WONDERFUL. Love the pine nuts, cinnamon and cayenne! A nice kick would be a pleasant surprise in any pasta dish.

    I have to say that I’m impressed. =)

  4. January 20, 2010 7:18 pm

    Wowowowow! So it is not often that I see savory recipes with cinnamon in them. But whenever I do, I know that I need to make them. These look fantastic!

  5. January 21, 2010 11:27 am

    Intriguing. Definitely not your average meatball, I wonder if I could convince my girlfriend to try them. Heh.

  6. January 24, 2010 2:09 pm

    What a nice twist to the traditional meatball. I love the idea that they are served on a bed of swiss chard. This dish looks very healthy.

  7. January 24, 2010 3:15 pm

    thanks everyone for commenting…I gotta get back to posting!

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