check out this marvelous finger food recipe! a delicious authentic/modern combination to impress your guest with !
- 600 g minced lean beef
- 1 big onion grated
- 4 gloves garlic minced
- 4 tbsp pine nuts
- 1 tsp grounded cinnamon
- 1 tsp sweet pepper
- 1 tsp salt
- 1/4 tsp grounded nutmeg
- 1 tsp seven spices
- 2 cups vachna* cored Cherry can be frozen
- 4 onions slice into wedges
- 1/4 cup lemon juice
- 2 sticks cinnamon
- 3 tbsp brown sugar
- 1/2 cup water
- 1/2 tbsp rapeseed oil *
- 1 pack whole wheat puff pastry squares *
- 1/4 cup parsley chopped
- 1 tbsp pine nuts
- 2 tbsp pomegranate molasses
mix all the ingredients together and let it chill in the fridge for 30 minutes.
after 30 minutes remove from fridge and form into balls equal to the size of a walnut. around 1/2 tbsp per ball.
I cooked mine in an air-fryer but you can wipe a non-sticking pan with some oil and grill the meatballs turning over occasional so it brown evenly for about 5-7 minutes.
set aside while preparing the cherry sauce.
soak your cherries for 30 minutes and drain it well before start cooking with it.
keep 1 cup of the cherry water.
heat the oil in a non stick deep pan .
add the onion and saute until it turn transparent.
add the cherry, lemon juice, cinnamon stick and 1/2 cup of the cherry water.
bring to boil . lower the heat and let it simmer for 10 minutes till thicken.
add the meatballs and let it simmer for an extra 10 minutes so the meatballs are completely done.
if the sauce get to dry after simmering you can add the remaining 1/2 cup of the cherry water and simmer it for an extra 5 minutes.
preheat oven on 200 C
defrost the puff pastry squares according to package.
roll out the squares to make it thinner and bigger, as much as you can.
cut it to 4 pieces .
roll each piece separably as much as you can than to make it wider.
spray a mini muffin tray with some oil and put in each mini muffin a piece of puff pastry than push it down in the middle.
put one meatball in each hole with cherry sauce . add as much sauce as you can.
and bake it in the oven for 10 minutes. if it is not yet golden brown add 5 minutes more till it get this golden color.
remove it from oven.
let it cool for a little and remove from the baking tray .
arrange in the serving plate.
drizzle the pomegranate syrup before serving on the bites.
sprinkle the parsley and pine nuts on top of it and serve it with some mashed potato , rice or toasted Arabic bread on the side.
vachna cherry or wachna cherry is a type of cherry that have a sweet and sour taste , it is normally Turkish or Serbian cherry that you can find in the frozen section.
if yo don't have rapeseed oil you can use any kind of neutral vegetable oil .
I found those whole wheat puff pastry squares n the supermarket in the freezer section, it is easy to find and a much healthier choice of the normal ones.
even you can prepare the whole recipe up to 4 days before and store in an airtight container in the refrigerator . and just before serving heated in the microwave for 1 minutes on high or in preheated (200 C) oven for 5 min until warm. drizzle the molasses and garnish with parsley and pine nuts.