SERVES 4
Main Course

Ingredients

Part 1: For the Meatballs
  • Lean Ground Lamb,1,pound,from the leg or shoulder,
  • Sea Salt,1/2,tablespoon,,la-baleine-fine-sea-salt
  • Lebanese 7-Spice Mixture or Allspice,1/2,teaspoon,,ground-allspice-berries
  • Unsalted Butter,1,tablespoon,,
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Meatballs in Sour Cherry Sauce

If there is a dish that symbolizes the cooking of Aleppo, this has to be it. Maria Gaspard Samra, a rare Syrian woman chef who gave cooking classes before the destruction of the city, grinds the cherries before cooking them, while my friends Lena Toutounji (famous for having one of the best tables in Aleppo) and May Mamarbachi (creator of the first boutique hotel in Damascus, Beit Mamlouka) both leave the cherries whole. May very kindly gave me cherries from her frozen stock so I could test the recipe. If you can’t find fresh or frozen sour cherries, use dried. — from Feast by Anissa Helou. Buy this book from Harper CollinsIndiebound, or Amazon.

Excerpt from FEAST: Food of the Islamic World by Anissa Helou. Copyright 2018 by Anissa Helou. Excerpted by permission of Ecco, an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers.

Written By Anissa Helou | Oct 16, 2018

Ingredients

Part 1: For the Meatballs
  • Lean Ground Lamb,1,pound,from the leg or shoulder,
  • Sea Salt,1/2,tablespoon,,la-baleine-fine-sea-salt
  • Lebanese 7-Spice Mixture or Allspice,1/2,teaspoon,,ground-allspice-berries
  • Unsalted Butter,1,tablespoon,,
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Step one: Make the meatballs

Mix the lamb, salt, and spice mixture (or allspice) and shape into small balls, the size of large marbles. Melt the butter in a large skillet over medium heat and sauté the meatballs until lightly browned.

 

Ingredients

Part 2: For the Cherry Sauce
  • Fresh or Frozen Pitted Sour Cherries, 2 1/4,pounds,,
  • Raw Cane Sugar,1,tablespoon,,
  • Pomegranate Molasses,1,tablespoon,,cortas-pomegranate-molasses
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Ingredients

Part 2: For the Cherry Sauce
  • Fresh or Frozen Pitted Sour Cherries, 2 1/4,pounds,,
  • Raw Cane Sugar,1,tablespoon,,
  • Pomegranate Molasses,1,tablespoon,,cortas-pomegranate-molasses
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Step two: Make the cherry sauce

Put the cherries, sugar, and pomegranate molasses in a pot large enough to eventually hold the meatballs and bring to a bubble over medium heat. Reduce the heat to medium-low and simmer for 15 minutes, or until the sauce has thickened. Add the meatballs and simmer for another 15 minutes, until tender.

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Part 3: To Assemble
  • Pita Breads,2 to 3,,split into 2 disks and cut into medium triangles,
  • Unsalted Butter,1,tablespoon,melted,
  • Flat-leaf Parsley, A few sprigs,,most of the bottom stems discarded and finely chopped,
  • Pine Nuts, 1/4, cup,toasted in a hot oven for 5 to 7 minutes until lightly golden,cilgoza-pine-nuts
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Part 3: To Assemble
  • Pita Breads,2 to 3,,split into 2 disks and cut into medium triangles,
  • Unsalted Butter,1,tablespoon,melted,
  • Flat-leaf Parsley, A few sprigs,,most of the bottom stems discarded and finely chopped,
  • Pine Nuts, 1/4, cup,toasted in a hot oven for 5 to 7 minutes until lightly golden,cilgoza-pine-nuts
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Step three:To assemble the dish

Arrange the pita bread triangles all over a serving platter, coarse side up, making sure the pointed ends are nicely arranged on the outside. Drizzle the melted butter all over the bread. Spoon the meat and sauce over the bread. Sprinkle the chopped parsley all over, then the toasted pine nuts. Serve immediately.