Warm spices and a sprinkling of fresh herbs give these Moroccan Meatballs, served with chickpeas and tomatoes, the flavor boost your dinner plate has been lacking. Familiar enough for the “spaghetti and” lovers in your home, yet with enough tweaks (cinnamon! feta cheese!) to wake up your palate, our version of this Moroccan street food will become a new favorite. Once you’ve mastered this easy recipe, you can branch out and try making Moroccan meatballs tagine-style (browned meatballs poached in a spiced tomato sauce) or even tiny marble-sized versions that kids (and adults) will adore.
What can I use in place of beef?
The traditional version of these meatballs (known as or ) are usually made with ground beef or lamb, but if those aren’t your thing, you can try making them with ground chicken as well. If you’re looking for ways to get more plant-based foods in your diet or just want to stretch a smaller amount of meat, try mixing in some cooled sautéed mushrooms or even some cooked bulgur in place of the beef.
Any tips for forming meatballs?
Try to avoid over-mixing or over-kneading the beef while forming the balls — it can lead to tough little nuggets instead of tender meatballs. Separate your mixture into 12 more or less equal portions first, then form each into a ball. If your meat mixture is a little sticky, try dampening your hands with a little water in between forming each ball.
How else can I serve them?
For variety or if you want to serve them as an appetizer, try making the balls smaller and broil only a minute, or less. Add some of chopped flat-leaf parsley or fresh mint into the meat mixture for extra freshness. Skip the couscous and serve over rice or toast some pita bread for everyone to build their own sandwiches.
Nutritional Information (per serving): About 395 calories, 21 g fat (7.5 g saturated), 29 g pro, 655 mg sodium, 23 g carbohydrate, 5 g fiber