North African Meatballs

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Total Time
1hr 10mins
Prep
25 mins
Cook
45 mins

Was relaxing with the Food Network yesterday and I caught Melissa d'Arabian's new show. These looked so delicious I just had to get right on the recipe. She served them with couscous with dried dates and glazed carrots but it's the meatballs that had me drooling.

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Ingredients

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Directions

  1. MAKE THE SAUCE:.
  2. Sauté the onions and garlic in a large saucepan until soft. Add zest and olives; cook for 1 minute. Add wine and deglaze the pan and let reduce for a few minutes. Add stock, tomatoes, sugar, red pepper flakes, and cinnamon. Simmer for about 7 minutes. Season to taste.
  3. MAKE THE MEATBALLS:.
  4. Whisk the egg and tomato paste until smooth. Add the cilantro, ginger, cumin, and cinnamon. Mix until well blended. Add in the ground beef and rolled oats and season to taste. Combine well but do not overmix. Make 32 1-inch meatballs.
  5. Heat the vegetable oil over medium heat and cook meatballs until browned on all sides. Add oil as needed. Add to the sauce and simmer for 20 minutes.
  6. Sprinkle with fresh parsley and serve over couscous with dried dates.