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If you have been a long time reader here you may be noticing some recipes that I posted a very long time ago are reappearing. I have been doing my best to better document ingredients, measurements and tips and tricks of some of these favorite dishes. I have also been retaking the images. I hope you'll agree with me that my pictures have improved and include more step by step images. Just in case you forgot how bad they were I'm putting the picture I originally posted with this recipe at the end of this post.
This recipe is one that I used to make very often because it is easy to do and doesn't take long to cook. It's truly a very simple Moroccan recipe. But as we've cut back on red meat, and almost cut it out completely, I hadn't made it in a long time. Instead of ground beef, which is traditionally used, I substitute ground turkey or ground chicken. Any ground meat will work so feel free to experiment or use what you have on hand.
- 1 lb ground lamb or beef
- 1 tablespoon garlic, minced
- 1/2 onion finely diced
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1/2 teaspoon paprika
- Small handful chopped Italian parsley
Tomato Sauce Ingredients
- 2-3 Tablespoons olive oil
- 1/2 onion finely diced
- 3 large tomatoes
- 1 teaspoon turmeric
- 2 teaspoons spicy paprika (sudaniya in Morocco)
- 2 teaspoons salt
- 1 1/2 tsp cumin
- 1 teaspoon chopped Italian parsley
- 1 teaspoon garlic crushed
- 3 eggs
- Using 1 pound of ground meat mix in 1 tbsp crushed garlic, 1/2 onion diced finely, 1/2 tsp salt, and 1/2 tsp mild paprika and a small handful of chopped Italian parsley. Mix well with your hand to combine all of the ingredients.
- Roll into small balls slightly larger than a grape.
- In your tajine add 2-3 tbsp olive oil and 1/2 onion minced finely.
- Place the tajine on the stovetop on medium heat, using a diffuser if you have an electric range.
- While this is heating up grate the insides of 3 large hothouse tomatoes (or a similar variety) into a bowl and discarding the skins.
- Mix into this 1 tsp turmeric, 2 tsp spicy paprika (sudaniya in Morocco), 2 tsp salt, 1 1/2 tsp cumin, 1 tsp chopped Italian parsley and 1 tsp garlic crushed. Pour this into the pre-heated tajine.
- Arrange the meatballs in the tajine so that they each have a little space to soak up the sauce. If you have more meatballs than space in the tajine reserve them for another dish. You do want to make sure there is enough room for some sauce to remain.
- Cover the tajine and continue to cook on low to medium heat. Check after 30 minutes.
- Once the meatballs are cooked through, crack 3 eggs and place on top of the meatballs and sauce. Cover the tajine again so that the eggs can cook through. Some people like the eggs to be steamed just until they are set but the yolk still is runny, however I cook mine until the yolk is hard.
- Eat by scooping up bites with crusty bread, like this Moroccan bread!