Braised Meatballs

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  • Makes about


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    • Ready in

      1 hr 50

Appears in
Tasting Georgia: A Food and Wine Journey in the Caucasus

By Carla Capalbo

Published 2017

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These substantial meatballs, from Grand Hotel Ushba, are perfect for a cold winter’s day in the mountains (or the city). They’re the size of a small apple, so two make a good-sized main course. Serve in small bowls with their cooking liquid and some of the cabbage. At a supra one per person should be plenty.


  • 100 g / oz / ½ cup uncooked white rice or 1


Cook the rice according to package instructions. While the rice is cooking, prepare the other ingredients. Cool the rice before adding it.

In a food processor, process the onion and eggs with the spices until smooth. Add the rice and process again. Add half of each type of meat and process again. The mixture will be thick. If your processor is big enough, add the rest of the meat and pr