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Moroccan Meatball Recipe

Ingredients

For the Meatballs

  • 1.5 lb ground beef or lamb
  • 3/4 cup almond flour
  • 1 egg
  • 1/4 cup chopped fresh cilantro
  • ½ tsp cumin
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp paprika
  • 1/4 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp ground ginger
  • 1/4 tsp coriander
  • 1/4 tsp all spice
  • 1/4 tsp ground black pepper
  • 1/8 tsp cloves

For the Sauce

  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 medium onion diced
  • 1 tbsp ginger root minced
  • 2 cloves garlic minced
  • 1 tsp cumin
  • 1/2 tsp paprika
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 28 oz can of crushed tomatoes
  • 2 tbsp lemon juice
  • 1 tsp salt + more to taste

Instructions

  1. Preheat your oven to 400 degrees.
  2. In a large bowl, combine the meat, spices, almond flour, egg, and fresh cilantro. Mix with your hands and incorporate the spices completely. Form into 1 - 1.5 inch balls, and place on a prepared baking sheet.
  3. Bake for about 15 minutes, or until cooked through.
  4. Meanwhile, make your sauce. Heat oil in a large saucepan or dutch oven, over medium heat.
  5. Add the onion and saute for 1-2 minutes, or until it begins to turn translucent. Stir in garlic and ginger. Cook for another 2 minutes until fragrant.
  6. Add the spices, bay leaf and tomatoes. Bring to a simmer and let cook for 5 to 10 minutes, or until the sauce is reduced and thickened.
  7. Add the cooked meatballs to the sauce and let simmer for another 10 to 20 minutes.
  8. Flavor with lemon juice, salt to taste
  9. Garnish with additional cilantro.
  10. Serve warm.