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Beef and Bulgur Meatballs in Pomegranate Sauce | dishingouthealth.com

Beef and Bulgur Meatballs in Pomegranate Sauce

Mini cocktail meatballs amped up with whole grain bulgur, enriched with herbs and spices, and tossed in a luscious pomegranate balsamic sauce. Whether you're entertaining guests, or simply feeding the family, kick off the festivities with this elegant and crowd-pleasing holiday appetizer.
Course Appetizer
Cuisine American
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 35 minutes
Servings 20 -24 meatballs
Calories 250kcal


  • 1 tbsp canola oil
  • 1/2 lb ground pork
  • 1/2 lb 90% lean ground beef
  • 1 cup cooked and cooled bulgur
  • 1 egg
  • 1/4 cup fresh parsley finely chopped
  • 3 tbsp fresh mint finely chopped, plus more for garnish
  • 1 shallot minced
  • 2 cloves garlic minced
  • 1 tsp smoked paprika
  • 1 tsp coriander
  • 1/2 tsp sea salt
  • 1/4 tsp black pepper
  • 1 cup 100% pomegranate juice
  • 1/2 cup beef or vegetable broth
  • 1/4 cup balsamic vinegar
  • 1 tbsp cornstarch + 2 tbsp water
  • Optional garnish: pomegranate arils


  • Place all meatball ingredients in a large bowl - ground pork through black pepper. Mix well to combine. Shape into 20-24 (1-inch) meatballs.
  • Heat oil in a large skillet over medium-heat. Place meatballs in pan and cook, turning on all sides, until browned. Transfer to a paper towel lined plate. Repeat with remaining meatballs.
  • Leaving remaining oil and browned bits in pan, add pomegranate juice to deglaze. Add broth and vinegar. Stir to combine. In a smaller bowl, combine cornstarch and water; mix well. Pour cornstarch mixture into pan and use a whisk to thoroughly combine, removing any clumps. Place meatballs back in pan.
  • Bring mixture to a boil, reduce to medium and simmer for 10-15 minutes, until sauce is thickened and meatballs are cooked through. Top with fresh mint and pomegranate arils, if desired.


Serving: 3g | Calories: 250kcal | Carbohydrates: 20g | Protein: 17g | Fat: 11.5g | Saturated Fat: 4g | Sodium: 158mg | Fiber: 1.5g | Sugar: 7.5g