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.
|Harissa Spice Mix Meatballs with Cilantro||
- 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
- Preheat your oven to 400 F.
- Line 2 baking sheets with aluminium foil. Set aside.
- In a pan heat the olive oil and glaze the onions on medium heat for about 5 minutes.
- In a big bowl mix together the onions with the rest of the ingredients. This works best using both hands.
- Season the mixture with pepper and salt.
- Using an ice cream scoop form round meatballs of equal size and weight.
- Place the meatballs on the prepared baking sheets and bake for about 20 minutes.
Find more inspiring meatball recipes over at Cooking Light.
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