Speedy Moroccan meatballs

Speedy Moroccan meatballs

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Prep: 5 mins Cook: 15 mins

Easy

Serves 4
A great twist on meatballs for a quick and tasty supper

Nutrition and extra info

  • Freezable

Nutrition: per serving

  • kcal388
  • fat25g
  • saturates9g
  • carbs24g
  • sugars17g
  • fibre6g
  • protein18g
  • salt1.58g
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Ingredients

  • 1 tbsp olive oil
    olive oil

    Olive oil

    ol-iv oyl

    Probably the most widely-used oil in cooking, olive oil is pressed from fresh olives. It's…

  • 350g pack ready-made beef or chicken meatballs (approx 16)
    Beef

    Beef

    bee-f

    The classic cut of meat for a British Sunday roast, beef is full of flavour, as well as being a…

  • 1 large onion, sliced
    Onion

    Onion

    un-yun

    Onions are endlessly versatile and an essential ingredient in countless recipes. Native to Asia…

  • 100g dried apricot, halved
  • 1 small cinnamon stick
    Cinnamon

    Cinnamon

    sin-ah-mun

    A fragrant spice which comes from the inner bark of a tropical tree. When dried, it curls into…

  • 400g tin chopped tomato with garlic
    Tomato

    Tomato

    toe-mart-oh

    A member of the nightshade family (along with aubergines, peppers and chillies), tomatoes are in…

  • 25g toasted flaked almond
  • handful coriander, roughly chopped

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.

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lydiamaria50
14th Aug, 2012
5.05
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
25th Jun, 2012
4.05
I found this a bit too sweet, but would make again. I'd recommend adding some spice (cumin perhaps) and maybe fewer apricots.
frozenpixie
24th Feb, 2011
5.05
Quick, tasty and absolutely delicious. A very easy dish with wonderful flavours.
hparkes
16th Feb, 2011
5.05
really lovely. I used passata and also added some orange juice and a pinch of chilli flakes. YUM!
shellyc
6th Feb, 2011
4.05
This is lovely, I added some extra chilli powder, some sultanas and a little cumin for more flavour, works great with quorn meatballs.
foulkesy123
9th Nov, 2010
5.05
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
5th May, 2010
3.05
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
18th Nov, 2009
4.05
great, easy recipe!
mvdsterren
25th Oct, 2009
4.05
Lovely, with falafel instead of meatballs.
kerryburnett
16th Oct, 2009
5.05
Loved it. Used Sainsbury's Moroccan lamb burgers and made them into meatballs then followed the rest of the recipes. Very tasty.

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