Meatballs in a Turkish Tomato and Pomegranate Sauce
A BRUCE AIDELLS SIGNATURE RECIPEAlthough Aidells Caramelized Onion Meatballs are not flavored with Turkish spices, when they are cooked in the tomato-pomegranate sauce they take on the taste of Turkish cooking. You could also skewer the meatballs and grill them (see cook's notes) and then serve the tomato-pomegranate sauce on the side.
Heat the olive oil in a heavy large skillet over medium-high heat. Add the meatballs and fry until lightly browned, turning occasionally about 6 minutes. Using a slotted spoon, transfer the meatballs to a plate.
Reduce the heat to medium and add the onion and garlic to the skillet. Stir and cook until the onion is soft, about 5 minutes. Add the tomatoes and their juices, mint, lemon juice, cumin, allspice, and cinnamon. Bring to a boil, scraping any browned bits from the bottom of the pan. Stir in the pomegranate molasses and add back the meatballs. Adjust the heat so the mixture simmers, cover the pan and simmer until the sauce thickens and develops a rich flavor, adding a little water if the sauce is dry, 10 to 15 minutes. Stir in the cilantro and green onions. Season to taste with salt, pepper, and a little Tabasco if you like. Serve 3 or 4 meatballs per serving over bulgur or rice.