1 medium onion, quartered
1/2 cup coarsely chopped fresh flat-leaf parsley
3 tablespoons freshly squeezed lemon juice
1 pound lean ground veal or beef
1/2 cup ground almonds
1/2 cup ground walnuts, plus 20 walnut halves
1/3 cup pine nuts
1/3 cup toasted bread crumbs
1/4 cup olive oil, plus more for brushing
1 large egg, lightly beaten
1 teaspoon Aleppo pepper, or pinch of crushed red pepper flakes
1/2 teaspoon salt
20 pitted prunes
1 cup chicken or beef stock
2/3 cup dry red wine
2 to 3 tablespoons red wine vinegar
Sprigs of fresh flat-leaf parsley, for garnish
In a food processor or blender, combine the onion, chopped parsley and lemon
juice and pulse to chop.
In a large bowl, combine the onion mixture, meat, almonds, walnuts, pine nuts,
bread crumbs, oil, egg, pepper or pepper flakes and salt and knead into a
homogenous mixture. Cover and refrigerate for at least 30 minutes and up to 4
Preheat oven to 450 F.
Shape 1/4-cup portions of the meat mixture into oval rolls and arrange in a
13-by-9-inch baking dish. Brush the rolls with oil and bake for 15 minutes.
Meanwhile, insert 1 walnut half into each prune (you may need to halve the
Reduce the oven temperature to 400 F. Arrange the stuffed prunes between the
meat rolls, add the stock, wine and 1 to 2 tablespoons of the vinegar and bake
for 15 to 20 minutes more. Baste with the pan juices, turn off the oven and
leave the dish in the oven for 5 minutes.
Taste the sauce and adjust the seasonings with vinegar, salt and/or pepper or
pepper flakes. Garnish with parsley sprigs and serve.
Yields 4 servings (of about 3 meat rolls each).