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Ajvar meatballs

Ajvar Meatballs

  • Author: ashley
  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: 30 minutes
  • Total Time: 45 minutes
  • Yield: 4 servings 1x
  • Diet: Halal


Juicy Ajvar meatballs simmered in a zest tomato sauce. Meal-prep them. Put them into the freezer or consume right away. You will want to make them again and again.



For the meatballs

1 lb. ground chicken

1 cup ajvar

¼ cup chopped dill

¼ cup chopped parsley

½ tsp cumin

½ tsp coriander

½ tsp smoked paprika

1 tsp kosher salt

pepper to taste

1/3 cup banana flour, or flour of choice

Zesty Tomato Sauce

½ cup ajvar

1 (15 oz) can tomato sauce (make sure it is your favorite tomato sauce, as the tomato sauce will be the dominating flavor.)

salt and pepper to taste


In a large mixing bowl, add the ground chicken, ajvar, egg, dill, parsley, and all the spices, salt, and pepper and mix until everything is well incorporated.

Next, add the flour of choice. Mix once more until everything is mixed well.

When ready, form the meat mixture into meatballs with your hands. If the meat mixture is too sticky, wet your hand with water, this will help the mixture to better shape its form.

In a skillet over medium-high heat, add olive oil (just a drizzle) and place each meatball on the surface of the pan. Cook until the bottom of the meatball is golden brown (about 2-3 minutes). Flip the meatballs and repeat them. The internal temperature of the meatballs should reach 165°F.

Once the meatballs are golden brown, add the tomato sauce, ajvar, 1/2 cups of water, salt, and pepper to taste and gently stir to incorporate the ingredients. Cook on medium-low heat for about 15-20 minutes.

To Serve: Place the meatballs over a bed of buttery rice, alongside quinoa, or inside a rustic Italian bread to create an ajvar marinara meatball sub. The options are endless, do whatever makes you happy! 🙂


How long does Ajvar Meatballs last? Store in an air-tight container for up to 3 days. 

How long does Ajvar Meatballs freeze? Freeze in a freezer-safe bag or container for up to 3 months.

  • Category: Dinner
  • Method: Stovetop
  • Cuisine: European-American

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