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Tunisian Meatballs Recipe

Traditional Tunisian meatballs, perfect when served over couscous.
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1 hour


Serves 4

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For the meatballs

  • 500g beef mince
  • 30g breadcrumbs
  • 1 tbsp chopped fresh parsley
  • pinch of nutmeg
  • 0.5 tsp onion powder
  • 1 egg, beaten
  • generous pinch of salt and pepper
  • 1 tin chopped tomatoes
  • 1 tbsp fresh parsley
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 pinch saffron strands
  • 1 pinch cinammon
  • 1 tsp pepper

For the sauce

  • 1 chopped onion


  • Step 1 : Prepare the meatballs

    Mix all of the meatballs ingredients above. Form into small meatballs.

    Add a dash of oil to a heavy bottomed pan. Bring to a medium high heat then brown the meatballs on all sides. Remove meatballs from the pan.

  • Step 2 : Prepare the sauce

    Add onions and tomatoes to the pan, cook for several minutes until the onions soften.

    Add the meatballs back into the sauce, add all the remaining seasoning. Cover and simmer for a further thirty minutes.

  • Step 3 : Serve

    When the meatballs are cooked through serve them poured over fragrant couscous.