Ground Lamb Meatballs with Loquats

  • Serves

    serves 4-8

Loquats grow all over Turkey; late May is the height of the season. We recommend using firm, fresh loquats for grilling, but prefers soft, bruised ones for eating.


  • 34 lb. lean ground lamb or beef
  • 14 cup finely chopped fresh parsley
  • 1 clove garlic, peeled and minced
  • 34 tsp. baharat kariºimi
  • Pinch cayenne
  • 2 tsp. flour
  • 2 tbsp. soda water
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 10 loquats, fresh or canned
  • Vegetable oil
  • 12 tsp. pomegranate molasses, diluted in 2/3 cup water
  • 1 tsp. fresh lemon juice
  • 2 tbsp. chopped scallions


Step 1

Mix together lamb, 3 tbsp. parsley, garlic, baharat, cayenne, flour, and soda water in a medium bowl. Season to taste with salt and pepper, then form into 16 meatballs.

Step 2

If using fresh loquats, trim ends, halve each, and remove pits and inner membrane. If using canned, drain, then halve.

Step 3

Preheat broiler. Alternate loquats with meatballs on 4 long metal or wood skewers (soak wood skewers for 1⁄2 hour in water before using), then brush lightly with oil. Place skewers on a baking sheet and broil, turning several times, until meat is browned all over, about 8 minutes. (Alternately, grill over a charcoal fire.)

Step 4

Once meat is browned, slide meat and loquats off skewers and into a nonstick skillet. Add diluted pomegranate molasses and lemon juice. Cover and simmer over medium-low heat until sauce has thickened and coats meat well, about 20 minutes. Remove from heat and serve garnished with scallions and remaining 1 tbsp. parsley.

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