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February 16, 2013

Moroccan Meatballs in Pita


One of the best meatball recipes I have tried to date! You needn't serve this with Pitas,... rice, mashed potatoes or even polenta will be great!

I found the recipe in a magazine, and made no changes at all - I know, that's a new for me ...

Moroccan Meatballs in Pita

{+/- 25 golf ball size meatballs}

TOMATO SAUCE

750g Italian Plum Tomatoes, quartered
1 Red Onion, sliced into wedges
1 TB Ground Cumin
1 TB Ground Coriander
3 t Garlic, crushed
3 TB Olive Oil
1 can (410g) Chopped Tomatoes
1 TB Sugar

MEATBALLS

2 TB Olive Oil
1 Onion, finely chopped
2 t Garlic, crushed
1 t Fennel Seeds
2 t Ground Cumin
2 t Ground Coriander
1/2 t Dried Chilli Flakes
1 Extra-Large Egg, beaten
1 cup Fresh Bread Crumbs
Small handful Fresh Coriander, chopped
Small handful Fresh Mint, chopped
500g Lean Ground Beef {Mince}
Salt & Pepper

Pita Breads, to serve

1.) SAUCE :Pre-heat oven to 200 deg C (400 deg F) - Place the Plum Tomatoes and the Red Onion on a roasting pan - sprinkle over the Coriander, Cumin, Garlic and Olive Oil - Roast until beginning to char.
2.) Spoon into an oven dish and stir through the canned Chopped Tomatoes and Sugar - set aside.

3.) MEATBALLS :Turn the oven temperature down to 160 deg C (325 deg F) - Heat the Oil in a pan and saute the Onion and Garlic until soft - add the Fennel Seeds, Cumin, Coriander and the Chilli Flakes - cook a few minutes until fragrant - remove from pan and cool.
4.) Once the Onion mixture has cooled, add the beaten Egg, Bread Crumbs, Fresh Coriander and Mint, Ground Beef and mix until combined - season to taste with Salt & Pepper - mix one more time - form golf ball sized meatballs - place in the refrigerator to firm up a bit.
5.) Fry Meatballs until browned all over - place meatballs into the Tomato Sauce mixture, cover with aluminium foil and roast for 40 - 45 minutes.

Serve immediately with Pita Bread.

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3 comments:

  1. Gosh, I can't wait for life to settle down again! These sound like they are full of flavor! Pinned.

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  2. This sounds wonderful, and I will be trying it. One of my sons spent some time in Morocco and loved the food there.
    xo,
    Lisa

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