Sweetie Meatballs in Apricot Sauce

"Submitted for RSC #9. I tinkered around with this through multiple incarnations. I finally landed on this slightly different taste for the meatballs. I really liked the taste. I think if I had to do it all over, I might have just left out the apricot sauce, the meatballs are yummy by themselves."
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Ready In:
1hr 5mins
56 meatballs




  • Place the apricots in a dish; pour the 2 cups hot water over them to completely cover.
  • Allow them to soak for at least 2 hours or overnight.
  • To make meatballs, preheat the oven to 375 degrees.
  • In a bowl mix together all the meatball ingredients.
  • Shape the mixture into 1 inch balls and put on an ungreased baking sheet.
  • Bake for 25-30 minutes, or until meatballs are browned.
  • Put the cooked meatballs into a baking dish and hold to the side.
  • While the meatballs are cooking place the apricots along with the water they have been soaking in, into a sauce pan.
  • Add the two cinnamon sticks and bring to a boil.
  • Lower the heat, cover and simmer until the apricots are soft, about 15 minutes.
  • Remove the cinnamon sticks.
  • Put the mixture (including the water the apricots are cooking in) into a blender or food processor, add the sugar and ginger and blend until smooth. (make sure you remove the center cap of the mixer since the sauce will be hot).
  • Pour the apricot sauce over the meatballs and bake uncovered for 20 minutes in a 350 degree oven.

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  1. Well, the meatballs were good, but the sauce had too much nutmeg and sugar for me.
  2. I like apricots, especially the dried ones, & use them a lot, so this recipe was an eye-catcher. The meatballs were very nice, but I automatically cut back on the amount of nutmeg. When it came to making the sauce, I added more dried apricots & also included a small amount of apricot extract to heighten the flavor. I suspect the added apricots thickened the sauce more than was intended in the original recipe, but I liked that, too! This will definitely be made again & again in my kitchen!
  3. I love apricots so had to give this recipe a try. The meatballs were very tasty and I really liked the idea of baking them in the oven. The sauce is what kept the recipe from being rated with 5 stars. For us there was a bit to much cinnamon flavor and I would use less sugar. The flavor of the apricots were a bit lost and I would have liked to have had that. Thank you for your recipe and good luck!
  4. Out of the 114 contest recipes, this was the first one that I decided to try. However, the entire family did not enjoy the taste. The meatballs were good but no one liked the apricot sauce, sorry. I won't make this again, but I gave the leftovers to my parents and they enjoyed this recipe, so maybe it was just our family?? It was a creative use of contest ingredients, Good luck!


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