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Meatballs in a ruby red cherry sauce from Aleppo, drizzled with coriander and pine nuts

Aleppo Cherry Meatballs

Traditionally from Syria, these delicious sour cherry meatballs can be found all over the levant region in various forms.
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 20 mins
Cook Time 25 mins
Course Main Course
Cuisine Middle Eastern
Calories 1195 kcal


Cherry Sauce

  • 1 tbsp butter
  • 1/2 cup pearl onions or chopped regular onions
  • 50 g butter
  • 400 g sour cherries frozen or fresh, pitted
  • 3 tbsp sugar
  • 1/4 tsp ground ginger powder
  • 1/4 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 2 tsp pomegranate molasses
  • 1 tsp Aleppo chilli


  • 500 minced beef or lamb 5-20% fat depending on your preference
  • 1 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 3/4 tsp allspice
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp freshly ground black pepper
  • 60 g grated or finely chopped onions


  • 2 tbsp coriander chopped
  • 1 tbsp pine nuts


Cherry Sauce

  • Place butter in a small saucepan, and melt on med-low heat. Add the pearl onions or regular onions, cook till a little soft for 4-5 minutes and translucent. Add all the remaining cherry sauce ingredients bring to a boil and reduce to a simmer and cook on gentle heat for 25 minutes or so. If sauce is too thick add a tablespoon or two of water to get the desired consistancy. Taste for salt, sugar and adjust balance.


  • Place all meatball ingredients into a mixing bowl and combine well with your hands. Roll into meatballs around 2.5" wide and place on a lightly oiled plate.
  • Heat oil in a large non-stick frying pan, gently roll the meatballs into the skillet and cook for 4 or 5 minutes on one side and turn as they start to go golden. Turn and cook the ohter side on low heat for 10 minutes or so till golden all over.
  • Pour your cherry sauce over the meatballs and bring to a boil before reducing to a simmer for a minute or two. Roll the pan back and forth to cover the meatballs in sauce.
  • Drizzle with fresh chopped coriander and pine nuts and serve immediately.



This recipe can be prepped in advance and reheated in a microwave or stove top. Sprinkle on garnishes just before serving.


Sodium: 2731mgCalcium: 238mgVitamin C: 38mgVitamin A: 438IUSugar: 84gFiber: 12gPotassium: 2970mgCholesterol: 317mgCalories: 1195kcalTrans Fat: 2gSaturated Fat: 13gFat: 35gProtein: 116gCarbohydrates: 107gIron: 15mg
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