Moroccan Meatball Kefta Tagine

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Nov

For the sauce

kefta6-8 medium tomatoes, cored and roughly chopped
1 tablespoon paprika
1 teaspoon cumin
1⁄2 teaspoon cayenne pepper
3-4 tablespoons chopped fresh flat-leaf parsley
2 garlic cloves, minced salt & freshly ground black pepper, to taste
1⁄4 cup vegetable oil

For the meatballs

400g ground beef
1 tablespoon paprika
1 teaspoon cumin
1⁄2 teaspoon cayenne pepper
3-4 tablespoons chopped fresh flat-leaf parsley
2 garlic cloves, minced salt & freshly ground black pepper, to taste
Directions:

Mix all the ingredients for the sauce together in the tagine, cover and let simmer gently over a medium heat for 15 minutes, stirring occasionally.

Meanwhile, use your hands to mix the ingredients for the meatballs together and then roll the meat into small balls, about 1 inch round.

After the tomatoes have simmered for about 15 minutes, stir the sauce and add a little water if you feel it is needed. Place the meatballs in the sauce. Do not stir but just let them sit on top of the sauce.
Lower the heat, cover and cook for another 8-10 minutes. Uncover and let simmer another couple minutes if you feel the sauce needs thickening.

Serve with lots of crusty bread for dipping in the sauce or over spaghetti with parmesan cheese on top.
If you want to make these ahead of time and freeze them, leave the parsley out and place the meatballs in a rigid container like a Tupperware dish before freezing.

To reheat, thaw in the fridge (you can do this overnight) and reheat on the stovetop over medium-low until bubbly. Add chopped parsley before serving.  Serves 2-3.

Photo and recipe from FOOD.com.

 

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