Meatball and Egg Tajine

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This recipe is a very favorite among my family, (my mother especially loves it!) It also has a place near and dear to my heart as it is the very first Moroccan dish I learned how to make. It’s incredibly simple and so delicious!

You can make it in a ceramic tajine or in a skillet on the stove, and the meat can be either ground beef, ground lamb or ground chicken (I suppose you could use ground pork as well however we do not eat pork). One variation of this I would like to try is with Italian sausage mix, however I will have to reserve that for one of my non-Muslim friends or family to try!

1 lb ground lamb or beef
2 garlic cloves minced
1 small onion minced
1 tsp of cinnamon
1 teaspoon paprika
chopped fresh parsley (or chopped fresh coriander)
2 eggs
Salt & freshly ground black pepper
Olive oil for frying

Tomato sauce (see recipe below)

1 tbsp tomato paste
2 garlic cloves minced
3 medium tomatoes, insides grated
Salt & freshly ground black pepper
Olive oil
1 tsp cumin

1. In a mixing bowl, mix the meat, garlic, onion, spices, salt and pepper and the parsley until it is all thoroughly mixed, knead to a smooth mixture.
2. Roll into walnut sized balls and set aside on a tray.
3. Heat the oil in a fry pan and cook the meatballs until golden brown
4. Combine ingredients for tomato sauce and pour over the meatballs, simmer on the stove top for about 15-20 minutes, and stir so that it does not stick.
5. Beat the eggs as if you are making scrambled eggs and pour on top of sauce and meatballs, and cook until eggs are set.
6. Sprinkle with the chopped parsley (or coriander) and serve immediately.

To make tomato sauce:
1. Heat a little oil in a saucepan; add garlic then cook for about 2 minutes.
2. Add the tomatoes, tomato paste and spices then cook for about 10 minutes

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Amanda MouttakiMeatball and Egg Tajine


  1. Julie/Yakout

    Kefta like this is my favourite dinner…closely followed by beef with prunes and almonds. Delicious!

  2. Dee Dee

    Mandi I am so proud of myself. Tonight I winged it and made this in a frying pan at home and it turned out amazing! I had a friend over and she loved it too. I didn’t make it exactly like you have it listed here but tried to go off my memory and did so well I impressed myself.

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