Meatball Tagine

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Meatball Tangine

Festive enough for Shabbat dinner or easy enough for weeknights, Meatball Tagine is versatile, fragrant, and very savory. Serve with couscous, rice, or roasted sweet potatoes.

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  • 6Servings

Ingredients

Meatballs

  • 2 pounds ground turkey, beef, or lamb dried
  • ½ cup fresh soft bread crumbs (I use leftover challah and whirr it up in my food processor)
  • 3 tablespoons cold water
  • 2 whole eggs, whisked
  • ¼ cup fresh chopped mint or 1 tablespoon dried
  • ¼ cup fresh chopped parsley
  • ¼ cup fresh chopped cilantro
  • 2 tablespoons fresh chopped dill or 2 teaspoons dried
  • 2 tablespoons fresh chopped savory or fresh oregano or 2 teaspoons
  • ¼ cup chopped scallions
  • Salt
  • Freshly ground black pepper
  • Extra virgin olive oil, such as Colavita extra virgin olive oil

Braising Liquid

  • 1 large red onion, thinly sliced
  • 1 fennel bulb, sliced
  • Extra virgin olive oil
  • 2 medium carrots, sliced
  • 5 garlic cloves, minced
  • ½ cup raisins (I love golden raisins for their color and complex flavor)
  • 1 cup cooked chickpeas
  • 1 (15-ounce) can whole tomatoes, broken up with your hands
  • 1 cup chicken broth
  • 3 teaspoons ground coriander
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • Pinch crushed red pepper (optional)
  • ½ teaspoon saffron threads
  • Kosher salt
  • Freshly ground black pepper
  • Garnish: fresh mint, fresh parsley, and fresh cilantro

Preparation

Meatballs:

1. Place turkey, bread crumbs, water, eggs, mint, parsley, cilantro, dill, oregano, scallions, salt, and pepper in a large mixing bowl and combine thoroughly.

2. Dip your hands in cold water and gently roll the meat mixture to form meatballs or use a scoop to form meatballs.

3. Heat a large sauté pan, lightly coated with evoo, over medium heat. Brown meatballs in the pan about 5 to 7 minutes. Alternatively, preheat oven to 350°F. Heat a baking sheet with evoo in preheated oven. When the sheet is hot, add meatballs and return the sheet to the 350°F oven, occasionally shaking the pan until meatballs are browned on all sides.) After browned, transfer meatballs to a tagine, casserole dish, or Dutch oven.

Braising Liquid:

1. In the same pan that was used for browning the meatballs, add additional evoo if needed, add onion and fennel, and sauté until they are caramelized and medium brown. Transfer sautéed onion and fennel to the tagine, casserole dish, or Dutch oven.

2. Add more evoo to the pan, if needed, and sauté carrots until they are browned. Add garlic and cook 2 minutes more. Transfer carrot mixture to the tagine.

3. Preheat oven to 350°F. Add raisins, chickpeas, tomatoes, broth, coriander, cumin, cinnamon, crushed red pepper, saffron, salt, and pepper to the tagine and cover. Place the tagine in the preheated oven and cook at 350°F for 1 hour until the meatballs are cooked through and the vegetables are soft.

4. Garnish with additional mint, parsley and cilantro. Serve with couscous.