Meatballs Oriental

5 from 7 votes
Prep Time 40 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 10 minutes
Course Dinner
Cuisine European
Servings 4 people
Calories 212 kcal


  • 1 kg Ground beef
  • 2 small Fresh shallots
  • 1 medium sized Clove of garlic
  • 0,5 tsp Harissa powder
  • 1 tsp Ground cumin
  • 0,5 tsp Freshly chopped thyme
  • 0,5 tsp Dried marjoram
  • 1 Egg
  • 3 piece Dried apricots
  • 2 tbsp Rapeseed oil
  • 800 g Chopped tomatoes (can)
  • Sweet paprika powder
  • Salt and pepper


  • 1 Peel the shallot and cut into fine cubes, peel off the garlic clove and press through a garlic press. Knead both with the minced beef, harissa, egg, thyme, marjoram, 1/2 tsp cumin, salt and pepper in a bowl Shape meatballs. Heat 1 tablespoon of oil in a pan and fry the meatballs on both sides.
  • Preheat the oven to 200 degrees (fan oven 180 degrees). Place the meatballs on a baking sheet lined with baking paper and bake the meatballs in the oven for about 10 minutes.
  • In the meantime, peel off the second shallot and cut into fine cubes. Cut the apricots into small pieces. Heat 1 tablespoon of oil in a saucepan and lightly sauté the shallot cubes in it. Add the apricots and tomatoes, all with 1/2 teaspoon of cumin, paprika powder, salt season with pepper and simmer over a low heat for about 5 minutes.
  • Take the meatballs out of the oven and add the leakage to the sauce. Arrange everything together on plates and serve, with rice.


Serving: 100gCalories: 212kcalCarbohydrates: 4gProtein: 16.5gFat: 14.6g
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Written by John Myers

Professional Chef with 25 years of industry experience at the highest levels. Restaurant owner. Beverage Director with experience creating world-class nationally recognized cocktail programs. Food writer with a distinctive Chef-driven voice and point of view.

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