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Moroccan Lamb Balls with Eggs Recipe

Moroccan Lamb Balls with Eggs

Rating 4-0 out of 5 - Most cooks definitely will make this recipe again
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Graham

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Moroccan Lamb Balls with Eggs is one of those yummy dishes that just scream to be eaten on a cold, winter's evening near the fire. Of, course, being a tagine recipe from Morocco, it's unlikely that that was their original mode of consumption, but nobody can accuse us of not thinking laterally here at NeedARecipe!

Ras el hanout is a spice mix from North Africa and is used extensively in Moroccan savoury recipes, sometimes being rubbed on meat or stirred into rice. It is widely available from any good spice store.

      Preparation Time: 40 Minutes

      Cooking Time: 30 Minutes

Ingredients for Moroccan Lamb Balls with Eggs

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to serve 4:
1 medium
onion
3 tablespoons
olive oil
2 oz
fresh breadcrumbs
9 oz
lean minced (ground) lamb
½ teaspoon
ground cinnamon
5 medium
eggs
 
salt and pepper
2 cloves
garlic
1
courgette (zucchini)
2 x 14oz cans
chopped tomatoes
2 teaspoons
honey
1 teaspoon
ras el hanout spice mix
small bunch
fresh coriander
1 x 14oz can
chickpeas

 

How to Cook Moroccan Lamb Balls with Eggs

  1. Peel and finely chop the onion and fry it gently in one tablespoon of the oil until soft. Allow the onion to cool a little then mix with the breadcrumbs, lamb mince, cinnamon, 1 egg, ½ teaspoon of salt and lots of freshly-ground black pepper. Mix well then, with wet hands, shape into about 20-24 meatballs.
  2. Fry the meat balls in the remaining oil in a shallow pan for about 8 minutes, turning them frequently until they are evenly browned. Lift out and set aside.
  3. Peel the garlic and slice thinly. Add the garlic to the oil left in the pan and fry until softened. Meanwhile, wash and thickly slice the courgette and add to the pan. Fry for 1-2 minutes, then add the tomatoes, honey, ras el hanout, about ¾ of the coriander (chopped). Season well, stir and cook until pulpy.
  4. Rinse the chickpeas and drain well. Stir these into the sauce and add the meatballs. Make 4 hollows in the sauce and break in the remaining eggs. Cover the pan and cook for 4-8 minutes over a low heat until the eggs are set. Scatter with the remaining coriander and serve straight from the pan with crusty bread for scooping up the sauce or on top of simple Boiled Rice to absorb the juices.

 
Graham GRAHAM'S HOT TIP:
If you like the flavour of garlic but don't like the "after taste", before slicing, cut the cloves down the middle long-ways and remove the central 'germ' (the thin stem that looks like a pale green or translucent vein). You will still be able to enjoy the flavour without everybody referring to you as "The Garlic Dragon" afterwards.
 
GRAHAM'S WINE RECOMMENDATION: GrahamA nice simple Cabernet Sauvignon like the surprisingly good 2007 Clos du Bois Cabernet Sauvignon Reserve from Alexander Valley, works very well indeed with Moroccan Lamb Balls with Eggs
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Reviews of Moroccan Lamb Balls with Eggs

Rating 4 out of 5 - Many cooks will make this recipe again November 29 2014
Really delicious!! The first time I made this, we found it wasn't really spicy enough for us so next time I put a whole teaspoon of cinnamon in the meatballs because I love cinnamon and it worked really well (could have added chillis to the meatballs instead to make them stand out a bit more). Apart from that I followed the recipe to the letter and everyone loved it!
(2 reviews)
 
Rating 4 out of 5 - Many cooks will make this recipe again February 01 2014
Lovely. Only gave 4 stars cause I changed a few things! Used 2 tsp ras el hanout spice mix (found it in Tesco) in the sauce and added a little cayenne to the meatballs. I browned the meatballs and cooked the sauce (excluding courgette) then put it all in the oven. Cooked for 30 mins then added the eggs and cooked for another 20 mins on 180c.
(4 reviews)
 

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