North African Meatballs

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Nutritional Info
  • Servings Per Recipe: 6
  • Amount Per Serving
  • Calories: 346.3
  • Total Fat: 26.1 g
  • Cholesterol: 78.0 mg
  • Sodium: 442.9 mg
  • Total Carbs: 14.3 g
  • Dietary Fiber: 3.6 g
  • Protein: 13.7 g

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Number of Servings: 6


    For Sauce:
    2 Tbs of olive oil
    1/2 small onion diced
    1 lemon zested
    1/2 cup pitted and chopped briny olives
    1/2 cup olives
    1/2 cup white wine
    1/4 cup chicken broth
    1 14oz can crushed tomatoes
    1 tsp brown sugar
    1/2 tsp dried red pepper flakes
    pinch of cinnamon
    salt and pepper

    For Meatballs
    1 egg
    2 Tbs tomato paste
    3 Tbs cilantro leaves chopped
    1 Tbs minced fresh ginger
    1 tsp ground cinnamon
    3/4 pound ground beef
    1/3 cup finely ground rolled oats or the fine bread crumbs
    salt and freshly gorund black pepper
    3 Tbs vegetable oil for cooking
    4 Tbs parsley leave chopped


In a large sauce pan heat the olive oil over medium heat and saute the onion and garlic until soft, but not brown, about 3 minutes. Add the lemon zest and olives and cook for 1 more minute. Add the white wine, deglaze the pan, and let reduce for 1 to 2 minutes. Stir in the stock, canned tomatoes, sugar, red pepper flakes, and cinnamon, and simmer to blend flavors, about 7 minutes. Season with salt and pepper to taste.

To make meatballs: In a medium bowl add the egg and tomato paste and stir till sommoth. add the cilantro, ginger, cumin, and cinnamon and mix until well blended. Stir in ground beef and oats and season with salt and pepper to taste, and combine gently after each addition. Do not overmix. Rolling with your hands make about 32 meatballs, about 1-inch in diameter.

In a large saute pan, heat 3 Tbs of oil over medium heat, and brown the meatballs in batches until golden on all sides. Transfer the meatballls on the pan wiht the sauce and let simmer for 20 minutes. sprinkle with fresh parsley and serve over couscous.

Number of Servings: 6

Recipe submitted by SparkPeople user CHEFSOPHIE.

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  • This sounds delicious - and good for leftovers. On grocery list for next week. Echoblue1 - 3/28/10

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  • Another Melissa Darrabian meal I love!! - 1/13/10

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  • Very Good
    Delicious. My one problem is that my meatballs didn't stick together properly, but they were still quite tasty. My husband LOVED them. - 11/12/09

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