Meatballs with Prunes

Meatballs with Prunes

Meatballs with Prunes

Prep Time 15 Minutes
Cook Time 15 Minutes

Calories per seving 350

Fat 19g

Cholesterol 90mg

Sodium 840mg

Carbohydrates 22g

Fiber 3g

Sugar 5g

Protein 23g


  • 1 cup dry bread crumbs
  • 3 oz Gorgonzola cheese
  • 1 onion, finely diced
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 1/2 cup Sunsweet® Amaz!n Prunes, finely diced
  • 1 lb lean ground beef
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp dry thyme
  • 1 tsp hot paprika
  • 1/2 tsp freshly ground pepper
  • 2 Tbsp vegetable oil


Combine bread crumbs with 1/4 cup water; let stand for about 5 minutes or until softened.  Cut Gorgonzola into 12 cubes.

Combine soaked bread crumbs, onion, garlic, prunes, groun beef, egg, salt, thyme, paprika and pepper; knead until mixed together.  Divide mixture into 12 portions.

Form into patties; place cheese cubes in the middle and enclose with meat mixture.

Heat 1 tbsp oil in large nonstick skillet set over medium heat; cook half of the meatballs for 3 to 4 minutes per side or until internal temperature reaches 160F.  Repeat with remaining oil and meatballs.

Tip: For a main course, these burgers are delicious with a prune and red wine sauce served with mashed potatoes and red cabbage (or radicchio).  Or serve simply with mustard as a snack.

Prune-Red Wine Sauce: Melt Tbsp butter in skillet set over medium heat; saute 1 diced onion for 3 to 5 minutes or until softened.  Deglaze pan with 1 cup dry red wine; bring to boil.  Add 1/3 cup prunes and 1 bay leaf.  Reduce heat to low and simmer for 30 minutes; remove bay leaf.  Stir in drippings from burgers or meatloaf.  Transfer to food processor or blender, puree misture, thinning with water or stock if necessary.  If desired, add Gorgonzola cheese.  Season wel with desired spices.

Meatloaf Variation: Shape ground beef mixture into 8-inch long retangle, about 1 1/2 inches thick.  Sprinkle Gorgonzola cheese cubes over top, leaving 1-inch border all around edge.  Press lightly into mixture.  Fold mixture over lengthwise to enclose cheese cubes.  Using wet hands, smooth surface of meatloaf.  Place in baking dish and pour in 1/4 cup water.  Bale in 375F over for 35 to 45 minutes or until internal temperatire reaches 160F.  Let stand for 10 minutes before serving.