Skillet Meatballs With Juicy Blackberries

Skillet Meatballs With Juicy Blackberries

In this one-skillet dish, fresh blackberries collapse into a sweet-tart sauce alongside juicy meatballs studded with crunchy whole spices and thyme. For the meatballs, use ground pork or lamb as their plentiful, flavorful fat fortifies the pan sauce. As for accompaniments, creamy Greek yogurt or labneh is the ideal backdrop for this sweet-and-savory combination, but grains, cauliflower rice, polenta, mashed potatoes, warmed pita, wilted greens, roasted mushrooms or chickpeas would be good, too.
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  • Serves: 4 persons



  1. Step 1

    Arrange a rack in the upper third of the oven and set the oven to broil.
  2. Step 2

    Set a handful of the blackberries aside for Step 4. In a large (12-inch) cast-iron or other broiler-proof skillet, stir together the remaining blackberries with the sugar, vinegar and a pinch of salt and pepper.
  3. Step 3

    In a medium bowl, stir together the ground meat, panko, egg, seeds, thyme leaves, 1 teaspoon salt and a few grinds of black pepper. Roll into 12 meatballs (about 2 1/2 tablespoons each) and nestle them among the blackberries in the skillet. (The blackberries may not be in a single layer and that’s OK.) Broil until the blackberries are soft and the meatballs are golden and cooked through, 8 to 10 minutes.
  4. Step 4

    Add the remaining blackberries to the skillet and mash some of the blackberries with a fork or spoon to release their juices. If the sauce seems more watery than juicy, simmer on the stovetop over medium-high to thicken (no need to remove the meatballs). Serve the meatballs garnished with more seeds, thyme leaves and black pepper.