Wednesday, May 21, 2014

From My Pinterest Recipe Board: Tried It & Liked It

Moroccan Meatball Stew. So yummy!
I love Middle Eastern food and Moroccan food. When I saw this recipe on Pinterest, I knew I had to try it.

Moroccan Meatball Stew with a Christine Twist

Serves 4 - 6

Soak together:

  • 1/2 cup bread crumbs (I used Planko crumbs)
  • 1/4 cup milk (I used skim milk)


  • 2 lbs ground lamb (or beef)--I used Costco's ground turkey

  • 1 tsp dry oregano
  • 1/4 tsp ground nutmeg
  • 1 beaten egg
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp black pepper
  • 2 tbsp Worcestershire sauce
Turkey Plops--Note the missing Plop. Feline naughtiness.

Mix well and form into 1 1/2 inch balls. Fry the meatballs in in olive oil to brown on all sides. Remove meatballs to a covered, oven safe pan.

Note:  I didn't make balls, the turkey was too soft. Plus I decided to bake the meat rather than fry it. So I basically had to drop plops of the turkey onto a lightly oil sprayed cookie sheet. I baked them for 35 minutes at 350 degrees, the brought them out to cool. Only one went missing because a naughty cat likes spicy food, too. Who knew?

Then I took my Dutch oven and put a little olive oil into it and cooked the following ingredients.
  • 1 diced carrot
  • 1 stalk diced celery
  • 4 cloves chopped garlic
  • 1 diced red onion
  • Cooking the veggies. 

Saute together until the onions soften, then add this mixture to the pan with the meatballs along with:

  • 6 cups diced canned tomatoes
  • 3/4 cup currents -- my local Alabama grocery store didn't have currents, so I got golden raisins and regular raisins instead. Still yummy, but would love to have currents in my pantry.
  • 1/2 cup raisins
  • 3 bay leaves
  • 1 tsp ground coriander
  • 1 tsp ground cardamom
  • 1 tsp turmeric
  • 2 tsp ground cumin
  • 4 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp ground cloves
  • 1/2 tsp ground nutmeg
  • 1 small red chile minced or 1 tbsp chili paste
  • 2 tbsp brown sugar
  • All the delicious ingredients combined. 
  • salt and pepper to season

Place in a 350 degree oven, covered for about and hour, then add:

  • 2 cups cooked or canned chickpeas, rinsed

Return to the oven for an additional hour at 325 degrees F. In the last 10 minutes of cooking time you can add:

  • 1 cup olives (optional) I left out the olives. I didn't think they were necessary and might have overpowered the meal. Had I added olives, I would have added black pitted ones.

Serve over couscous.

I LOVED this recipe. So aromatic and delicious. And really easy to make. I might try to make it with lamb next time, but I liked the ground turkey plops just fine. Hope you try it and while you're waiting for the stew to cook through, check out my heroes on my Pinterest board here.

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