Harissa Spice Mix Meatballs with Cilantro

by Kirsten on September 16, 2013 · 5 comments

in Beef & Bison, Main Dishes, Pork & Lamb

Harrissa Spice Mix Meatballs with Cilantro

I often find myself looking for a new twist on an old classic. Harissa spice mix meatballs are a tasty spin on traditional meatballs with a North African spice inspiration. The flavor direction usually gets decided after going through my spice cabinet, but in this case I also wanted to use up some left over curry sauce. Besides the Harissa spice mix I also added some fresh cilantro and ginger to round up the flavor profile. The Harissa spice mix meatballs complemented the curry sauce very well. I served them over some organic white rice.

I purchase my Harissa spice mix at a local spice shop, but you can also make your own. Find a great recipe here.

Harrissa Spice Mix Meatballs with Cilantro

Harissa Spice Mix Meatballs with Cilantro
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Recipe type: Main
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Serves: makes 34 meatballs
  • 1 pound (450 g) ground beef
  • 1 pound (450 g) ground pork
  • 4 eggs
  • 2½ cups (140 g) breadcrumbs, (not store bought!), I made mine from fresh (glutenfree) baguette
  • 1½ cups (200 g) onions, diced
  • olive oil
  • ¼ cup fresh cilantro, chopped
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 2 teaspoons Harissa spice mix
  • ½ teaspoon ginger powder
  • salt and pepper to season
  1. Preheat your oven to 400 F.
  2. Line 2 baking sheets with aluminium foil. Set aside.
  3. In a pan heat the olive oil and glaze the onions on medium heat for about 5 minutes.
  4. In a big bowl mix together the onions with the rest of the ingredients. This works best using both hands.
  5. Season the mixture with pepper and salt.
  6. Using an ice cream scoop form round meatballs of equal size and weight.
  7. Place the meatballs on the prepared baking sheets and bake for about 20 minutes.
I served my meatballs with an Indian coconut curry sauce (store bought) over some organic rice.

Find more inspiring meatball recipes over at Cooking Light.

Harrissa Spice Mix Meatballs with Cilantro

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Simply Sweet Justice September 29, 2013 at 9:10 pm

What great flavors! Meatballs on rice sound really good. I hope you had a great trip to Germany!

Gerald September 25, 2013 at 3:12 am

Lovely receip! As a huge rice enthusiast, I bet it would come out nice if you serve it with some basmati rice – okay, it’s probably because it’s my favorite rice but it is always nice with some of the indegrients you used for the meatballs 🙂

Susan September 19, 2013 at 7:21 am

I love the use of the new flavors and bet I can convert this to a vegetarian version and still have a wonderful dish! These do look delicious for an Autumn evening meal, XOXO

Karen Harris September 18, 2013 at 8:56 am

Yum! These look wonderful. I love the spicy flavors you have added to these meatballs. What a great way to kick up the ordinary.

rebecca September 16, 2013 at 6:08 pm

these look wonderful we adore meatballs and its a spice blend I need to use more

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