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Passover Meatballs with Celery and Mint in a Spicy Sweet Pear Sauce

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This sweet and savory dish from USA Pears Israel will make a wonderful addition to the Passover menu.

For patties:

  • 1 lb ground beef
  • Finely grated celery root
  • A handful of coarsely chopped mint leaves
  • Salt and black pepper to taste
  • 1  egg
  • 1 wet and broken matzah into small pieces

For the sauce:

  • 1  large onion finely chopped
  • 2  cloves garlic
  • 3  Red Anjou pears cut into cubes
  • A generous pinch of chili powder
  • Juice from three oranges
  • 1  tablespoon sugar
  • Three tablespoons of neutral oil for frying
  • A flat teaspoon of salt

1. Make a sauce: In a medium saucepan, fry the garlic and onion in oil until they are translucent but not browned. Add the orange juice, chili and season with Thai fish sauce. Bring to a boil. Add the pears and continue to cook over low heat.
2. Prepare the patty mixture: Mix all the ingredients well in a bowl until a uniform mixture is obtained. You can fry a small patty and taste to correct seasoning.
3. Make round patties the size of falafel balls from the mixture and place in a pot with the hot sauce. Cook together for about half an hour on a medium flame.
4. Serve hot with rice, mashed potatoes or any favorite kosher addition for Passover.

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