North African Meatball Stew
We are slowly digging out from under with our boxes. I have yet to fully unpack and comfortably organize the kitchen.
In addition, the move has brought up many emotions in my family.
Last week, I found myself writing more on my non-food blog, coffeeklatchinsight.wordpress.com.
So, if anyone is interested in knowing how my week was last week, please stop by and visit!
I am open to feedback: I periodically think I should only have blog. But, my understanding of blogging rules is that a blog is best suited to one subject. Many readers find it too disconcerting to keep switching gears.
What is other people’s experience?
In the meantime, my cooking is even more rudimentary than before the move.
I am slowly getting up to speed, much to my family’s delight.
This is a dish that was inspired by Mona at healthyindiancooking.wordpress.com’s recipe on Easy Meatball Stew. The link is here for anyone who would like to see the original:
It is a wonderful blog, full of my favorite food. I highly recommend that you stop by for a visit!
However, although I love the original recipe, I had already packed up most of my spices. What was left were my spice mixes and the very basic spices. So, I combined Mona’s recipe with my previously posted North African Meatballs recipe. I am happy to say that this version is much better. “The potatoes and carrots give more flavor and texture to the sauce,” according to Raizel, my budding gourmet.
2 lbs. ground meat
1 tablespoon North African Spice Mix, or to taste
1 clove garlic crushed
North African Spice Mix:
1 tablespoon salt, ginger, turmeric, coriander, cumin, garlic powder
2 tablespoons paprika
1/2 teaspoon pepper, cayenne, cloves
1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
1 onion, chopped
3-4 potatoes, peeled and cut in quarters
4 carrots, peeled and sliced on the diagonal. I prefer to keep slices on the larger side.
3 cups water or broth
1 can diced tomatoes
3 oz. tomato paste
Alternative: I have only used 6 oz. tomato paste, with success. It all depends on what I have available.
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon, or to taste
Salt and pepper to taste
2 cloves garlic, crushed
Optional: chopped fresh parsley and/or cilantro
Place all the ingredients for the sauce in a pot. I usually add the crushed garlic at the end.
Blend all ingredients for the meatballs together. Shape into balls and place in sauce.
Stove top: bring to boil and let simmer until done. Add crushed garlic and adjust seasonings to taste.
Crockpot. Cook on low until done. Less water is required.
In pressure cooker: 4 minutes to pressure and then use the quick release method by running cold water over the lid when done.
This week, I made it in the crockpot overnight. I adjusted the seasonings when I got up this morning before going to work.
Fresh herbs always add a gourmet touch, but I am not up to that yet.
Here are the pictures:
Everyone was soooooo happy!
I made it for this past Shabbat, and everyone wanted to have some. It was a hit!
Thank you Mona at healthyindiancooking.wordpress.com!
And thank you to all my fellow bloggers for sharing your wonderful recipes. I feel like I am able to have a virtual glimpse of the kitchens of so many, all over the world!