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Morrocan inspired meatballs with tomatoes, olives and lemon

March 11, 2010

in Beef, Dairy free, Recipes, Slow cooking, Uncategorized

My husband asked for some meatloaf. Good old meatloaf. The baby was napping and the meat was on the counter. All I had to do was assemble one of the easiest dishes known to mankind and then drink my coffee in peace. Almost too easy. Too easy. Boring. I just couldn’t do it. My palate was in serious need of some amusement and meatloaf just wasn’t cutting it. Then I came up with these bad boys. If you want to jazz up your good old meatballs, this recipe is for you. Spicy (but not hot),tangy and savory, it is a whole new ball game (pun very much intended).

Moroccan inspired meatballs with tomatoes, olives and lemon

for the meatballs:

1 kg minced beef
2 medium onions minced
1 cup parsley leafs minced
1 egg
1 cup breadcrumbs
tsp salt
tsp pepper

Mix well and shape into golf ball size meatballs. spray a baking sheet with oil,  arrange meatballs on the tray, spray with some more oil and bake for 20  minutes in 450 F (220 C) oven.

For the Sauce:

1 can crushes tomatoes (800 ml)
1 can diced tomatoes (800 ml)
1/4 cup canola oil
Tbsp and a half paprika
2 cups pitted green olives (rinsed)
3 crushed garlic cloves
1 lemon, sliced, pitted

Mix in crockpot, add meat balls and cook on low for 5 hours. Goes great on couscous or rice.

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Alisa - Frugal Foodie March 13, 2010 at 12:33 am

I just popped over from your email and you already got me with the first recipe! This looks fantastic. I love the blend of flavors, and your photography is beautiful!

kanmuri March 14, 2010 at 11:12 pm

Looks delicious! I would probably add a little bit of harissa to spice things up!

ayallawt March 15, 2010 at 9:32 am

Now that’s a good idea! Yum. I’ll try that next time, thx.

ayallawt March 15, 2010 at 9:33 am

I’m glad you like this! thx.

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