Speedy Moroccan meatballs

Speedy Moroccan meatballs

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Cooking time

Prep: 5 mins Cook: 15 mins

Skill level

Easy

Servings

Serves 4

A great twist on meatballs for a quick and tasty supper

Nutrition and extra info

Additional info

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Nutrition info

Nutrition per serving

kcalories
388
protein
18g
carbs
24g
fat
25g
saturates
9g
fibre
6g
sugar
17g
salt
1.58g

Ingredients

  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 350g pack ready-made beef or chicken meatballs (approx 16)
  • 1 large onion, sliced
  • 100g dried apricots, halved
  • 1 small cinnamon stick
  • 400g tin chopped tomatoes with garlic
  • 25g toasted flaked almonds
  • handful coriander, roughly chopped

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Method

  1. Heat the oil in a large deep frying pan, then fry the meatballs for 10 mins, turning occasionally until cooked through. Scoop out of the pan and set aside, then cook the onion for 5 mins, until softened.
  2. Add the dried apricots, cinnamon stick, tomatoes and half a can of water to the pan, then bring to the boil and simmer for 10 mins. Remove the cinnamon stick. Return the meatballs to the pan and coat well with the tomato sauce. Serve sprinkled with the almonds and coriander.

Recipe from Good Food magazine, December 2006

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cforsey's picture

Lovely Saturday night quick meal, however the sauce didn't go far and my husband and I polished off the whole pan! The sauce was missing something, not sure what though. I added cumin as advised, would make again but probably experiment again with different spices.

rosievimes's picture

A wonderfully delicious and simple recipe, and a good crowd pleaser. The flavours work well together and give that authentic Moroccan taste. Would be tempted to do more meatballs per person than the recipe states as you'll certainly have people coming back for more!

katsuya's picture
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Easy and delicious!

starrigby's picture
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Delicious, I made my own meatballs and cut up fresh chills to put in them, the spice goes well with the sweetness. Also added paprika and cayenne pepper too the sauce.

lydiamaria50's picture
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I made this for my friends, one of whom must have a wheat free diet. So made my own lamb meat balls and fried them to brown the outside, then put in oven for 1 hour - turned out very well. The sauce was really good and tasty and went well with Basmati and wild rice.
Will def. make again!

dawnwithoutsound's picture
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I found this a bit too sweet, but would make again. I'd recommend adding some spice (cumin perhaps) and maybe fewer apricots.

frozenpixie's picture
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Quick, tasty and absolutely delicious. A very easy dish with wonderful flavours.

hparkes's picture
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really lovely. I used passata and also added some orange juice and a pinch of chilli flakes. YUM!

shellyc's picture
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This is lovely, I added some extra chilli powder, some sultanas and a little cumin for more flavour, works great with quorn meatballs.

foulkesy123's picture
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Delicious! The apricots and cinnamon really worked well with the tomatoes to make it taste quite sweet and lovely! Made my own meatballs with ground cumin, chilli powder and a bit of nutmeg though to give it a more Moroccan taste!

amyspurdle's picture
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I also made the Spicy Meatball recipe as I thought it would be pretty bland without it. I also added some cumin and chickpeas to the sauce. Will make again but won't hold back on adding more flavour

stacey07708's picture
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great, easy recipe!

mvdsterren's picture
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Lovely, with falafel instead of meatballs.

kerryburnett's picture
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Loved it. Used Sainsbury's Moroccan lamb burgers and made them into meatballs then followed the rest of the recipes. Very tasty.

vrog's picture
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Good. Nice combination of flavours, but we felt it needed a bit more spicing up - will add some chilli or tagine paste next time.

corney32's picture
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I thought this was fab, and so did both my young boys. I thought the apricot/tomato/corriander/cinnamon combo was out of this world, and you couldn't ask for an easier recipe! I seared the meatballs in a pan, then chucked the lot in a slow cooker on high for 3 hours. Fantastic.

sandraleeben's picture
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OK dinner, but nothing special. Would not make it again.

worldtravelbug's picture
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Very Good, a great meal. Not out of this world, but still very very good. The apricots give an interesting bite to the meal. This literally can take 10 minutes to prepare plus simmering time. I just made it for the second time today!

firefly07's picture
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Interesting flavors, it went really well with cous-cous. Well worth a try.

renomate's picture
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different from the usual meatballs in tomato sauce with spaghetti. would use less apricots next time tho. goes well with cous cous.

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