moroccan meatballs

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Comfort food! Gimme comfort food, now! Moroccan meatballs with creamy, garlicky sweet potato mash is a plate full of comfort and your name is all over it.

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Give it a try – I promise you won’t regret it.

MOROCCAN MEATBALLS WITH GARLIC SWEET POTATO MASH
serves 4

ingredients for the meatballs

  • 1 kg lean beef mince
  • 60 ml rolled oats soaked in cold water for 20 minutes and drained
  • 15 ml fine salt
  • 5 ml dried chilli flakes
  • 2.5 ml ground cinnamon
  • 5 ml ground cumin
  • 2 sprigs fresh thyme, leaves removed
  • 2.5 ml freshly ground black pepper
  • half an onion, finely chopped and fried in a little oil

ingredients for the tomato sauce

  • 20 ml olive oil
  • 2 cloves garlic, chopped
  • 2 x tins whole peeled tomatoes
  • 5 ml salt
  • 5 ml honey

ingredients for the garlic sweet potato mash

  • 600 g sweet potatoes, washed and steamed
  • 100 g butter
  • 2 cloves garlic, finely chopped
  • salt and pepper to taste

method

  1. Make the meatball mixture by combining all the ingredients together in a large bowl.
  2. Shape the meatballs into desired size, taking care not to pack the meat too tightly together. Place the meatballs on a tray and place them in the fridge for about 30 minutes.
  3. In the meantime prepare the tomato sauce by sauteeing the garlic in the olive oil.
  4. Once the garlic starts to turn a light golden colour, add the tomatoes, salt and honey. Bring to a gentle simmer and allow to cook for about 10 to 15 minutes until thick and sweet.
  5. Place the meatballs into the sauce and bring to a gentle simmer. Allow to cook for about 20 minutes, semi-covered, until the meatballs are cooked through and tender.
  6. In the meantime, finish the sweet potato mash by peeling the steamed sweet potatoes and place them into a large bowl. Add the butter, finely chopped garlic and seasoning. Mash with a potato masher until smooth and creamy.
  7. Serve warm mash with cooked meatballs, sauce and fresh coriander.

If sweet potato is not your vibe, then regular mash will do just fine – FYI.

Cheerio

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