A Healthy, Hearty Meal for a Cold Wintry Night: Russian Meat Balls with Gravy

Posted by Perspectives Blog Team on Feb 9, 2017 2:10:45 PM

russian meat balls.jpgA delicious hearty meal for a cold night, these Russian Meat Balls with Gravy are light and satisfying at the same time. 


  • 1 1/2 lb ground chicken
  • 1/2 cup uncooked rice, rinsed
  • 1 large egg
  • 3 Tbsp plain Greek yogurt
  • 1 Tbsp chopped fresh dill
  • 3 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1/8 tsp plus 1/2 tsp salt
  • Black pepper to taste
  • 1 Tbsp olive oil
  • 1 large onion, finely chopped
  • 1 large carrot, grated
  • 2 Tbsp all-purpose flour
  • 4 cups reduced-sodium chicken broth
  • 1 Tbsp tomato paste mixed with 1 cup water
  • 1 tsp ground cumin
  • 1/8 tsp ground nutmeg
  • 1 Tbsp paprika
  • 1 Tbsp chopped fresh parsley

Screen Shot 2017-02-09 at 2.04.14 PM.pngPreparation

1. In a bowl, combine the chicken, uncooked rice, egg, 1 tablespoon of the yogurt, dill, garlic, 1/8 teaspoon salt and black pepper. With wet hands, roll the chicken mixture into 1-inch balls.

2. In a large saucepan, heat the olive oil over medium heat. Add the onion and carrot and sauté for about 3 minutes, or until the vegetables begin to soften.

3. Add the flour and mix to coat the vegetables; cook for 1 minute. Slowly add chicken broth and stir until smooth and thickened.

4. Add tomato paste mixture, remaining 2 tablespoons yogurt, cumin, nutmeg, paprika, remaining 1/2 teaspoon salt and black pepper to taste and cook until gravy is thickened and smooth.

5. Add the meatballs. Bring the sauce to a boil. Reduce the heat to low, cover and cook for 25 minutes, or until the meatballs are no longer pink. Sprinkle with fresh parsley.

Yield: 8 servings

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Review Date: February 26, 2013
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