Recipe for spicy Moroccan meatballs made with turkey or chicken

Ingredients

For the ras el hanout:
2 tsp ground cinnamon
1 Tbsp turmeric
1-1/2 tsp black pepper
3/4 tsp ground nutmeg
3/4 tsp ground cardamom
3/4 tsp ground cloves

For the meatballs:
450g ground turkey (or chicken)
1/2 cup falafel mix or dry bread crumbs
1/2 cup plain Greek yogurt
1 large egg
3 Tbsp ras el hanout (above)
1/2 tsp kosher salt
1/2 tsp fresh black pepper
1 tsp olive oil
2 Tbsp flat-leaf parsley, roughly chopped

How to
Preheat oven to 220C Line a rimmed baking sheet with a silicone liner or parchment paper, and set aside.

Mix the ras el hanout ingredients in a small bowl, and set aside.

In a large mixing bowl, combine the turkey, falafel mix or bread crumbs, yogurt, egg, 3 tablespoons of the ras el hanout (you’ll have a bit left over), salt, pepper, olive oil and parsley. With your clean hands, bring all of the ingredients together until well-combined, but do not overmix.

To taste for seasoning, heat 1/2 teaspoon of oil in a small frying pan. Take a spoonful of the turkey mix, and fry it in the hot oil. Taste, and adjust as needed with salt and pepper.

Wet your hands with water, and form the turkey mixture into 12 large meatballs. (I use an ice cream scoop with a release — called a disher — to make meatballs that are all the same size.) Place the meatballs on the prepared baking sheet.

Bake for 16-18 minutes or until the meatballs are browned a bit on the outside.

Serve warm or cold, over couscous, as part of a salad or stuffed into a pita bread.

Recipe provided by The Perfect Pantry.
All text and photographs copyright Lydia Walshin 2006-2010 – licensed under Creative Commons.

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