Moroccan Kefta Meatball Tagine with Tomato and Egg

(Last Updated On: May 29, 2019)

Meatball Tagine is Moroccan comfort food at it’s best. We spent a month in Marrakech and tried out quite a few tagine dishes. Tagine or Tajine dishes get their names for the pottery dish with a cone-shaped lid in which they are slow cooked to perfection. In this dish, meatballs are slow cooked in a tomato broth.

Eggs are added at the end and can either be cooked through or the yolk can be left slightly runny to be combined with the sauce and be sopped up with traditional Moroccan Khobz or other crusty bread. As you might have guessed, that’s my favorite way to enjoy this dish. If you don’t happen to have a tagine, a dutch oven or heavy skillet will do just fine. And, if you do have a tagine, make sure not to put it directly on the heat of the stove – use a diffuser so you don’t crack the clay dish.

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Follow the Turkish Meatball mix recipe although the shape, size and cooking instructions are included in the recipe below. You can make them a day ahead of time and keep them covered in the refrigerator.

Moroccan Kefta Meatball Tagine with Tomato and Egg

Moroccan Kefta Meatball Tagine with Tomato and Egg

Moroccan Meatballs in a tomato sauce seasoned with cinnamon, paprika and cumin and topped with poached eggs.

Ingredients

  • 1/2 Pound Turkish Meatball Mix
  • 3-4 Tablespoons Olive Oil
  • 1 LB Tomatoes, Seeded, Peeled and Chopped (or 14.5 oz can crushed tomatoes)
  • 1/2 Onion, finely diced
  • 3 Cloves Garlic, Finely Diced
  • 1 Teaspoon Cumin
  • 1 Teaspoon Sweet Paprika
  • 1/2 Teaspoon Cinnamon
  • 1/2 Teaspoon Salt
  • 1/2 Teaspoon Black Pepper
  • 1/8 Teaspoon Cayenne Pepper
  • 4 Eggs
  • 3 Tablespoon Chopped Cilantro or Parsley
  • Olives, optional
  • Harissa, Moroccan Hot Pepper Sauce Optional

Instructions

  1. Form meatballs into 3/4 inch to 1 inch balls.
  2. Add the meatballs to a pan over medium heat coated with olive oil. Brown on all sides (approximately 5 - 7 minutes). Set aside.
  3. Add the onions to the pan coated with olive oil and saute for about 3 minutes. Add the garlic and continue to cook for 2 - 3 minutes until the onions are translucent.
  4. Add the tomatoes, dry spices and meatballs to the pan. The meatballs should be fully covered - if not add some additional water or stock to the dish. . Bring it to a boil and then reduce to a simmer and cover. Continue cooking for 30 minutes.
  5. Carefully crack the eggs into the pan. Cover and cook until the whites are set and the yolks are cooked to your desired level of doneness. Alternately, you can mix the eggs to break the yolks prior to adding them to the dish if you like your yolks fully cooked.
  6. Garnish with Olives and Chopped Parsley or Cilantro and serve with crusty bread and harissa (Moroccan hot sauce) on the side.

Nutrition Information

Yield

4

Serving Size

1

Amount Per ServingCalories 442
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