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Pork adds richness, but you can use all beef if you prefer. If you won't be using the rest of the meatballs soon, freeze them in a ziplock bag for up to 2 months; thaw them overnight in the refrigerator or in the microwave for 1 to 2 minutes. Serve this dish with mashed potatoes and roasted Brussels sprouts for an easy dinner, use on top of Banh Mi Bowls, or stuff them into pitas for a Greek-style sandwich.
Serves 4 (serving size: 4 meatballs and about 1/3 cup sauce)
1. Heat 1 tablespoon oil in a large skillet over medium-high. Add onion, garlic, 1 teaspoon salt, fennel seeds, black pepper, and red pepper; cook 10 minutes or until onion is very tender, stirring occasionally. Place onion mixture in a bowl; cool completely.
2. Tear bread into small pieces. Place onion mixture, bread pieces, beef, and pork in a large bowl; mix gently with your hands to combine. Shape beef mixture into 42 meatballs (about 1 1/2 tablespoons each). Reserve 2 of the meatballs. Arrange the remaining 40 meatballs on 2 large foil-lined baking sheets coated with cooking spray.
3. Preheat broiler.
4. Broil meatballs for7 minutes or until browned and done. Reserve 24 meatballs for Ban Mi Bowls and Greek Stuffed Pitas.
5. Heat remaining 1 teaspoon oil in a saucepan over medium-high. Add 2 uncooked meatballs to pan; cook 4 minutes, stirring to crumble. Add flour and allspice; cook 1 minute, stirring constantly. Add remaining 1/4 teaspoon salt and stock; bring to a boil. Cook 10 minutes or until sauce is reduced to about 1 cup. Remove pan from heat. Stir in sour cream, butter, and vinegar. Spoon sauce evenly over meatballs. Sprinkle chopped dill evenly over top.