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Moroccan Style Meat Balls in Tomato Sauce

The Moroccan spices make this dish fragrant and full of flavour. You can add in a teaspoon of the Moroccan spice mix, Ras al-hanut if you wish. The baked eggs may seem strange at first, but are really worth including.

4 people
1 h
Nutrition per serving
  • kcal
    587kcal
  • protein
    33g
  • iron
    4.5mg
  • carbs
    58g

Ingredients

    • 400g lean minced beef
    • 1 tablesp. olive oil
    • 2 onions, finely chopped
    • 3 cloves garlic, crushed
    • 1 teasp. ground ginger
    • 1 teasp. ground cumin
    • 1 teasp. paprika
    • 1 teasp. Tabasco
    • 2 tablesp. fresh coriander leaves, chopped
    • 2 tablesp. fresh mint leaves, chopped
    • Salt and freshly ground black pepper
    • 4 eggs
    • Extra herbs to sprinkle over when serving
    • 1 tablesp. olive oil
    • 2 tablesp. tomato purée
    • 400g tin of chopped tomatoes
    • 200mls stock or water
    • 1 teasp. sugar

Meatballs

    • 400g lean minced beef
    • 1 tablesp. olive oil
    • 2 onions, finely chopped
    • 3 cloves garlic, crushed
    • 1 teasp. ground ginger
    • 1 teasp. ground cumin
    • 1 teasp. paprika
    • 1 teasp. Tabasco
    • 2 tablesp. fresh coriander leaves, chopped
    • 2 tablesp. fresh mint leaves, chopped
    • Salt and freshly ground black pepper
    • 4 eggs
    • Extra herbs to sprinkle over when serving

Tomato Sauce

    • 1 tablesp. olive oil
    • 2 tablesp. tomato purée
    • 400g tin of chopped tomatoes
    • 200mls stock or water
    • 1 teasp. sugar

Method

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Heat the oven to Gas Mark 4, 180°C (350°F). Heat a tablespoon of olive oil in a large frying. Add the finely chopped onions and sauté them over a medium heat for about 6-8 minutes while you assemble the rest of your ingredients.

When the onions are softened, but not browned, transfer them to a plate to cool.

Meanwhile mix together the beef, garlic, ginger, cumin, paprika, Tabasco, coriander and mint. Season with a little salt and black pepper.

When the onion has cooled add half of it to the meatball mixture. Combine well.

Shape this mixture into small balls, approximately 4cm in diameter. (The meatballs can be frozen at this stage and stored in the freezer for up to three months. Allow to defrost fully before cooking.)

Heat another tablespoon of oil in the frying pan and brown the meatballs. As they brown, transfer them to an ovenproof dish.

Add the remaining sautéed onion to the pan along with the tomato purée, tinned tomatoes, stock or water and the sugar. Bring to the boil, stirring all the time. Reduce the heat and allow the sauce to simmer for 10 minutes. Taste and season.

Pour this mixture over the meatballs and place in the oven, uncovered for 10 minutes.

Remove from the oven and break in the eggs. Return to the oven and cook for another 10 minutes approximately until the egg whites have set.

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Method

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Heat the oven to Gas Mark 4, 180°C (350°F). Heat a tablespoon of olive oil in a large frying. Add the finely chopped onions and sauté them over a medium heat for about 6-8 minutes while you assemble the rest of your ingredients.

When the onions are softened, but not browned, transfer them to a plate to cool.

Meanwhile mix together the beef, garlic, ginger, cumin, paprika, Tabasco, coriander and mint. Season with a little salt and black pepper.

When the onion has cooled add half of it to the meatball mixture. Combine well.

Shape this mixture into small balls, approximately 4cm in diameter. (The meatballs can be frozen at this stage and stored in the freezer for up to three months. Allow to defrost fully before cooking.)

Heat another tablespoon of oil in the frying pan and brown the meatballs. As they brown, transfer them to an ovenproof dish.

Add the remaining sautéed onion to the pan along with the tomato purée, tinned tomatoes, stock or water and the sugar. Bring to the boil, stirring all the time. Reduce the heat and allow the sauce to simmer for 10 minutes. Taste and season.

Pour this mixture over the meatballs and place in the oven, uncovered for 10 minutes.

Remove from the oven and break in the eggs. Return to the oven and cook for another 10 minutes approximately until the egg whites have set.

Serving Suggestions

Sprinkle chopped herbs over the dish and serve with either couscous or rice and a green salad.