2017-08-21
Moroccan Meatball Feast
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Moroccan Meatball Feast

(6 ratings - rate this recipe)
This meal is packed full of delicious Moroccan flavors and is sure to satisfy a hungry household.
<b>Prep:</b> 15 mins Prep: 15 mins
<b>Cook:</b> 10 mins Cook: 10 mins
Serves 4-6 Serves 4-6
Excellent source of iron Excellent source of iron
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Ingredients

Meatballs

  • 500g Quality Mark lean lamb mince
  • 1 onion, finely chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic, crushed
  • 2 teaspoons whole cumin seeds
  • 2 teaspoons ground coriander
  • ½ teaspoon ground ginger
  • ¼ teaspoon ground cloves
  • ¼ teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/3 cup couscous soaked in 1/3 cup boiled water
  • 2 tablespoons tomato paste
  • 1 egg, lightly beaten
  • ½ cup finely chopped parsley
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 1 tablespoon oil

Yoghurt sauce

  • ¾ cup unsweetened plain yoghurt
  • ½ cup mayonnaise
  • Zest of 1 lemon
  • 1 clove garlic, crushed
  • ½ cup finely chopped fresh coriander (or parsley/ basil)

To serve

  • Hummus
  • Pita breads, wraps or flatbreads
  • Fresh salad (e.g. tomatoes, lettuce, red onion etc)

Method

Meatballs

Place all the meatball ingredients in a large bowl with some cracked pepper. Using clean hands, mix until well combined. Roll into walnut-sized balls.

Heat a little oil in a large frying pan over a medium-high heat. Add half the meatballs, cook for a couple of minutes then turn gently using tongs, being careful not to break them up. Cook for another 7-10 minutes, turning to brown all over until cooked through. Transfer to a warmed plate, cover with foil and repeat with the remaining meatballs.

Yoghurt sauce

Combine all ingredients in a small bowl and mix to combine. Taste and season as required.

To serve

Spread some hummus on a pre-warmed wrap, pita or flatbread. Top with meatballs, salad, the yoghurt sauce and the feta and olive crush if using (see Tips & Tricks below).
  • Suitable Cuts
  • Nutrition
  • Tips & Tricks

Nutrition Information Per Serving

Serving size: 375g
Energy kJ (kcal) 2585 (617)
Protein (g) 27.6
Fat (g) 35.7
Saturated (g)
8.3
Carbohydrate (g) 45.7
Sugars (g)
5.8
Sodium (mg) 615
Iron (mg) 4.5
Zinc (mg) 4.5
Vitamin B12 (ug) 2.0
Vitamin D (ug) 0.75
Selenium (ug) 9.6

This protein and carbohydrate rich dish is perfect for after exercise to help your body recover before the next workout.
  • Lamb mince is a great, affordable way to serve up a lamb dish for the whole family and it’s packed with flavour.
  • Always defrost mince in the fridge – only use the microwave if you plan to cook it immediately.
  • Don’t worry if you don’t have all the spices – as long as you get the cumin and coriander in there you’ll have a nice flavour. To really bring out the flavour, dry toast the cumin seeds in a pan over a medium heat for a couple of minutes until aromatic.
  • You can try squeezing the mince mixture around skewers and barbecuing them for an extra smoky summer flavour.
  • If you don’t have couscous, you can use the same amount of breadcrumbs soaked in milk for the meatballs.
  • To make a feta and olive crush, combine 1/2 cup finely chopped olives with 1/2 cup of crumbled feta and a squeeze of lemon juice. It’s tangy and delicious and brings out the flavours of the meatballs.
  • You can reduce the sodium and fat content of this dish by reducing the amount of mayonnaise used.

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Comments & Reviews

There are: 6 reviews, with an average rating of 4.2 out of 5
Thanks for the fabulous feedback Anna :)
Posted by Beef + Lamb NZ 2016-06-24 07:38:58
Whoops, forgot to give a rating -a 5 star recipe this one!
Posted by Anna 2016-06-23 21:48:40
These meatballs were divine! And scoffed up by the family. I will be making these again, thank you!
Posted by Anna 2016-06-23 21:47:20
so yumyyyy
Posted by yasmin 2015-07-23 17:58:15
Hubby, myself and all three boys loved this meal! Will repeat!
Posted by Nzdreamchasers 2015-04-21 23:12:07
Easy to do & absolutely beautiful. Took longer than stated though.
Can't wait to do it again AAA+++
Posted by Grunta 2015-01-17 08:10:03
 

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