Funny you should focus on meatballs this week. I was just in London and had a wonderful lunch of moroccan meatballs at "healthy fast-food chain" Leon. My girls (9 and 11) and I fell in love. They were tasty and very addictive, so as soon as I got home I pulled the Leon cookbook out. With a few adjustments I made meatballs so delicious that my daughters asked for them two meals in a row. - cheryl —cheryl
Test Kitchen Notes
This dish appeases kids and delights adults. The meatballs were extremely tender, and flavorful enough to stand on their own. The subtle sauce was exponentially more interesting when the mix of canned and fresh tomatoes, the harissa’s heat, some sauteed garlic sweetness, and the earthy herbs were allowed to meld for even an hour or two. I highly recommend rounding out the meal with jasmine rice and Lizthechef’s Creamy Cucumber Side. - cheese1227 —The Editors
1 hour 30 minutes
6 - 8
slices of sandwich bread
1 1/4 cups
parsley, finely chopped
fresh mint, finely chopped
cumin seeds, toasted and ground
clove of garlic, minced to paste
salt and pepper
cloves garlic, finely chopped
very large tin of tomato sauce, I used 749 grams
large heirloom tomato, finely diced
salt and pepper
In This Recipe
Soak bread in milk for 10 to 12 minutes.
Mash into bready paste. Then add lamb and all other ingredients, mixing well.
Roll mixture into very small bite sized meatballs.
Now start the sauce. Heat olive oil and gently fry garlic in tall sauce pan over medium to low heat.
Add tomatoes (fresh and tined) and harrissa to garlic. Simmer for 25 -30 minutes.
In a grill pan or deep skillet quickly brown meatballs. You may need to make a couple of rounds to prevent over crowding. Do not fully cook meatballs, just give them a nice charred color.
Spoon meatballs into simmering sauce an continue simmering for an additional 20 minutes.
Stir in herbs just before serving.
Meatballs can be served over a nice bed of pilaff rice with a little greek yogurt and herby sweet slaw or better yet for lunch serve on split roll with melted provolone cheese and slaw.