Wednesday, May 12, 2010

Safta Rachel's Moroccan Meatballs

This is a delicious and so very tasty all in one dish perfect for dinner. It warmed us up tonight!

It's my grandmother's recipe (she's Moroccan) and my mum taught me how to make it. It's not very hard and it is sooooo delicious.

1kg of mince meat
3/4 packet of frozen peas
1 bunch of celery
2 x zuchinis
2 x small onions
Flat leaf parsley, one handful
Spices - mace, ginger, cloves, turmeric, salt and pepper

Heat a wide pan with about 1 cup of water, 1/2 teaspoon of turmeric and 2 tablespoons of olive oil. Chop the celery and zukes and simmer on a medium heat in the water with the lid on. (The turmeric will colour the water and the vegies giving it a nice colour.)

While it's cooking, fill your food processor with the parsley, onions, mince meat, salt pepper and the spices. You don't need to have all the spices. I've made this dish with various combinations, and it always tastes good. The amount of spices you use will depend on your preference, but allow about 1/3 - 1/2 teaspoons per spice. Chop in the processor until well combined.

Lift the lid and roll meatballs, gently putting them in a circle around the pan. Close lid, reduce to medium heat and cook for another 10 minutes. Using a wooden spoon, gently turn the meatballs in the sauce. Add your frozen peas, then cook for another 15 minutes or so. Add some salt and pepper to the vegies and sauce. Serve with rice. Yum. Your house will smell amazing and if you're like me, feel good about serving your family a nice hearty meal. Watch your kids inhale and pat yourself on the back.

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