Mo' Rockin' Meatballs

8:27 PM

I’m learning many lessons these days.  Today I learned not to make my youngest wait so I could configure our dishes for a photograph.  What a day.  I still managed to complete the meal and bring it to the table, but I wasn’t at all pleased.  I substituted ground turkey for ground beef and I should have known better.  Have you ever tried to make meatloaf with ground turkey?  It’s not the same.  I’m not a red meat eater, but even I know not to do this.  I was stubborn.  The flavors were fantastic, but the meatballs could have been firmer.  I am sharing the recipe because it tastes good, the consistency could have been better. (A Variation of Melissa D’Arabian’s meatballs on ground BEEF
What You Will Need:
3/4 1b ground BEEF
1 egg
2 T tomato paste
1 T fresh ginger, minced
1 tsp cumin
½ tsp cinnamon
1/3 cup rolled oats
3 to 4 T vegetable oil
1 cup dried cous cous
1 cup water
1 cup chicken broth
For Sauce:
2 T olive oil
1 small onion, diced
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 lemon, zested

½ cup green olives, pitted and chopped
¾ cup chicken broth
1 (14 oz) can diced tomatoes
1 tsp brown sugar
½ tsp crushed red pepper
¼ cup dried dates, chopped
1 cup cous cous
1 cup water
1 cup chicken broth
Medium bowl
2 Large skillets
For sauce:
1)      In large skillet, heat olive oil over medium-high heat.  Add onion and garlic.  Cook for 1 minute. 
2)      Add olives and lemon zest.  Add ½ cup of chicken broth.  Cook for 2 minutes.
3)      Stir in tomatoes, sugar, red pepper and remainder of chicken broth.  Simmer for 10 minutes.  Season with salt and pepper.

For meatballs:
1)      In medium bowl, mix egg and tomato paste.  Add ginger, cumin and cinnamon until well-mixed.  Add ground BEEF and mix together with hands.
2)      Roll 16 balls. (she calls for 32, maybe another mistake i made)
3)      Heat vegetable oil in large skillet over medium-high heat until hot.  Add balls in batches.  Brown on all sides.  Transfer to sauce skillet.
4)      Serve with Cous Cous and Dates.
For Cous Cous and Dates:
1)      Bring 1 cup broth and 1 cup water to boil.
2)      Stir in ¼ cup chopped dates and 1 cup dried cous cous.  Cover and remove from heat.

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