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I was taught how to make this recipe during a vacation in Morocco, where I was lucky enough to spend some time with the chef of a restaurant, Naima. In Morocco, people eat it straight out of the tagine with lots of bread to soak up the sauce but it also makes the best spaghetti and meatballs I've ever tasted! The key is to use the freshest, juciest tomatoes you can find. If you aren't lucky enough to have a tagine, you should be able to make this dish in a deep frying pan, as long as it has a cover. I think a non-stick pan would be best. One other thing, be careful of adding onions to this dish as they are very watery and will make the sauce runny. If you do add onions, you will probably have to let it simmer uncovered for a few minutes to reduce the sauce.
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For the sauce
- 6 -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
- 1Mix all the ingredients for the sauce together in the tagine, cover and let simmer gently over a medium heat for 15 minutes, stirring occasionally.
- 2Meanwhile, use your hands to mix the ingredients for the meatballs together and then roll the meat into small balls, about 1 inch round.
- 3After the tomatoes have simmered for about 15 minutes, stir the sauce and add a little water if you feel it is needed.
- 4Place the meatballs in the sauce.
- 5Do not stir but just let them sit on top of the sauce.
- 6Lower the heat, cover and cook for another 8-10 minutes. Uncover and let simmer another couple minutes if you feel the sauce needs thickening.
- 7Serve with lots of crusty bread for dipping in the sauce or over spaghetti with parmesan cheese on top.
- 8If 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.
- 9To 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.
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Nutritional Facts for Moroccan Meatballs -- Tagine Kefta
Serving Size: 1 (415 g)
Servings Per Recipe: 2
- Amount Per Serving
- % Daily Value
- Calories 780.1
- Calories from Fat 536
- Total Fat 59.6 g
- Saturated Fat 15.5 g
- Cholesterol 136.0 mg
- Sodium 166.0 mg
- Total Carbohydrate 22.1 g
- Dietary Fiber 7.7 g
- Sugars 10.7 g
- Protein 42.5 g