North African Lamb meatballs: Incredible flavors with saffron, apricots, amonds in a rich tomato sauce. A super easy weeknight meal!
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Saucy Lamb Meatballs

These tasty meatballs have a wonderful combination of exotic spices. They are fabulous as an appetizer or a main dish. You need these in your life.

Course Main Course
Cuisine North African
Keyword homemade sauce, lamb meatballs, sweet and savory, tapas
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 45 minutes
Servings: Change to adjust-> 6
Calories 290 kcal



For the stew:

  • 1 onion medium sliced
  • 2 garlic cloves minced
  • 1 Tbsp olive oil
  • 1 1/2 cup vegetable broth
  • 14 oz diced tomatoes can
  • 1/3 cup dried apricots coarsely chopped
  • 1/4 tsp saffron
  • 2 Tbsp parsley chopped


  1. To make the meatballs: Place all the dry spices in a small bowl and blend well. Mix into the meat. Add in the cilantro, mint leaves and breadcrumbs.
  2. Form lamb into 1" meatballs.
  3. For the stew: Heat olive oil in a Dutch oven, and saute onions and garlic until translucent. Add in the lamb meatballs and brown lightly.
  4. Add the vegetable broth, and tomatoes. Bring to a light boil.
  5. Turn down heat and add parsley, apricots, and saffron. Cook covered for about 25 minutes.
  6. Serve with rice.
Nutrition Facts
Saucy Lamb Meatballs
Amount Per Serving
Calories 290 Calories from Fat 180
% Daily Value*
Fat 20g31%
Saturated Fat 8g50%
Cholesterol 55mg18%
Sodium 701mg30%
Potassium 422mg12%
Carbohydrates 12g4%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 6g7%
Protein 14g28%
Vitamin A 670IU13%
Vitamin C 9.8mg12%
Calcium 56mg6%
Iron 2.6mg14%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.