Moroccan turkey meatballs with citrus couscous

Moroccan turkey meatballs with citrus couscous

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Cooking time

Prep: 15 mins Cook: 15 mins

Skill level

Easy

Servings

Serves 4

Lighter than pasta and packed with protein - these meatballs make for a satisfying and superhealthy supper

Nutrition and extra info

Additional info

  • Freeze meatballs only
  • Healthy
Nutrition info

Nutrition per serving

kcalories
348
protein
36g
carbs
41g
fat
6g
saturates
1g
fibre
1g
sugar
6g
salt
0.45g

Ingredients

  • 500g pack turkey mince
  • 2 tsp each chilli powder, ground cumin and ground coriander
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 onion, coarsely grated
  • zest 1 orange, then peeled and orange segments chopped
  • 250g couscous
  • 250ml hot chicken stock
  • 2 tsp olive oil
  • small bunch coriander, roughly chopped

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Method

  1. In a big bowl, mix the mince, spices, onion and orange zest together really well with your hands. Roll the mixture into about 20 walnut-sized meatballs.
  2. Put the couscous in a bowl, pour over the hot chicken stock, cover with cling film and leave to stand for 10 mins.
  3. Heat the olive oil in a frying pan. add the meatballs and fry, turning often, for about 12 mins until browned all over and cooked through.
  4. Fluff the couscous up with a fork, stir in the chopped orange, coriander and some seasoning. Pile onto plates and serve with the meatballs.

Recipe from Good Food magazine, July 2011

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geekgirl101's picture

What can I say, this was absolutely terrible! The meatballs were fine, had some amazing flavour to them with a hint of orange, but the dish was then spoiled by the texture and taste of chicken stock flavoured couscous, yeuck! The orange segments didn't do anything for the couscous.

delts28's picture

Fairly good recipe, the couscous worked well. The meatballs were rather dry (I did make them rather large though). Used the same recipe but added a grated apple to make turkey burgers and it worked great that time. I'd add something in to the turkey to stop it drying out.

jrbdxb's picture

This was good. My husband was a bit skeptic of the orange in the couscous, but he liked it. Don't know if I will make again, but worth a try.

philmore's picture
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I made this with my mum and it was yum!
it was a bit on the spicy side so next time we make we will put less spices in we also put peas and sweetcorn in with the couscous.

fleeeur's picture
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I tried this last night... wasn't very happy with the end result. I added 2 eggs to the mixture cos i was afraid that the meatballs would not keep their shape in the pan. I don't think I'll do again.

alicekicks1988's picture
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Made this for the first time. Great success.

I used cayenne pepper instead of chilli, added an egg to the mince (I had some to use up) and also dried mint. The egg and juice from grated onion made mine juicy and moist.

I use bulgar wheat instead of cous cous, and used satsuma, fine grated carrot, parsley and rocket. Bright colours and fresh flavours. Lovely, will be great for spring/summer!

sonyaritchie's picture

I made the moroccan turkey jackets and raita it was lovely very tasty, quick and full of flavour...

lizleicester's picture
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Bit dry but very tasty - especially the couscous which had loads of fresh coriander in it.

jrodgers's picture
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Easy to make and tasted fine although dry as others have said. I used lemon instead of orange. Meatballs tasted mostly of chilli so next time I would decrease that; I also used less than half the amount of cinnamon because I don't care for cinnamon in meat dishes. Makes a fine mid-week supper, with a green vegetable to go along with it.

sarahmtango's picture
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Delicious and healthy - a new favourite. On the recommendation of others I made a yoghurt, mint and cucumber raita. I feel it added some moisture and a different texture to the dish. Looking forward to making this again!

yvonnelove's picture
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Enjoyed these. I did add more spice then recommended and didn't find it too spicy so it probably needs it. A little bit dry but tasty anyway! Have made extra to pop into the freezer and will look forward to them again the next time.

katrinaferg's picture
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Really enjoyed this and would make again. We especially loved the couscous!

alisonpg's picture
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Very tasty and not dry at all. I added more spice than suggested. Will be having these again soon, recommended :)

curried2's picture
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Tasty recipe, I added basil to the couscous as had no fresh coriander. Couscous was a little dry for my taste and might have been better served warm.

lucky7's picture

We're into couscous at the moment so I thought I'd give this recipe a go. Easy to prepare, great taste but both the meatballs and couscous were dry, couscous more so. Such a delight when a piece of orange segment hit the taste buds!

Frantic Flapjack's picture
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This was warmly received around the dinner table. Went really well with the couscous (which was lovely with the oranges). It could do with some sort of sauce though.

mother_ship's picture
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Tasty but dry, I made some cucumber raita to go with it and it definitely needed it.

magsf23's picture
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This was tasty and easy to make. I used extra lean turkey mince and roasted the meatballs with very little oil, so they were quite dry, but delicious nonetheless. The orange in the couscous helped to counteract the dryness anyway. I will definitely make these again.

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