Easy Moroccan Meatballs in Tomato Sauce Recipe
…spiced with Harissa
Before making this recipe I have never made anything with harissa. Crazy, ha? My first though was making BBQ meatballs, but that is so standard. No one likes serving standard food at a party, right? So I decided to give it a little Morrocan twist. It was delicious! Make it a day ahead so you don’t have any worries the day of your gathering, plus the flavor will set in making it even better. The serving is for around 15 people if they all get 2 balls.
- 1.25 kg ground beef
- 1 onion diced
- 250 gr dates diced
- 1 can of diced tomatoes in tomato sauce
- 2 tomatoes diced
- 4 tbsp Harissa
- 1 tbsp thyme
- 3 tbsp garlic powder
- 1/2 cube meat stock
- Salt and pepper to taste
- 2 tbsp of olive oil
- Parsley leaves to garnish
Add the ground beef in a large bowl together with the dates and onions. Add 2 tbsp of harissa, thyme and garlic powder. Mix them all together by hand until all spices (especially the harissa) is well incorporated. Make small balls about 5 cm in diameter.
Add the olive oil in a wide pan and make one layer of balls in the pan. Cook them on medium heat for about 10 minutes all around. Transfer them onto a plate. Repeat until all balls are cooked.
After all the balls are cooked add the can of diced tomatoes, 2 tbsp of harissa, water, meat stock and stir. Add the all the meatballs back in the pan and let it simmer for about 10 minutes.
Transfer the ball to the serving bowl and garnish with parsley leaves..