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Moroccan Meatballs

Chef Leticia, author of The Brazilian Kitchen cookbook, shares her recipe for a tasty rice pudding.

Servings: 6


  • 1 lb. ground turkey
  • 1 egg yolk
  • 1 slice whole-wheat bread, crustless
  • 1 onion, minced
  • ¼ tsp. ground cinnamon
  • ¼ tsp. ground cumin
  • ½ tsp. Hungarian paprika
  • 2 tsp. Spanish paprika
  • 1 tsp. ground coriander
  • 1 Tbsp. fresh parsley, chopped
  • 2 Tbsp. olive oil
  • 1 ½ tsp. Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • For the Sauce:
  • 3 Tbsp. olive oil
  • 4 small onions, peeled and chopped
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 1 ½ tsp. ground ginger
  • saffron
  • 1 ½ tsp. ground cumin
  • ½ tsp. Hungarian paprika
  • ½ tsp. Spanish paprika
  • ground turmeric
  • ¼ cup fresh parsley, chopped
  • ¼ cup fresh cilantro, chopped
  • 1 Tbsp. lime juice


1. Place all the ingredients for the meatball in a bowl and combine well with a rubber spatula (or knead the mixture with your hands). Scoop a tiny portion and fry in a small pan to make sure the season is just right. Chill the mixture for at least 30 minutes, preferably 2 hours.

2. Have a small bowl of water nearby, wet your hands, and form ½-inch balls. Reserve on a plate until ready to poach.

3. In a large deep skillet, broad saucepan over low-medium heat, warm the olive oil and cook the onions until soft and translucent, about 6 minutes. Add the bay leaf, ginger, saffron, cumin, paprika, turmeric, salt and pepper, and cook, stirring frequently with a wooden spoon until spices become fragrant. Add about 1½ cup hot water and bring to a boil.

4. Add the meatballs and poach them in the sauce, over low heat, covered, for 20 minutes, checking and stirring halfway through. Add more water if necessary.

5. Finish with the lime juice, parsley, and cilantro and stir carefully. Transfer to a serving plate with all the sauce.

Nutrition Information

Nutrition information (1/6 of recipe) Calories 264; Fat 18 g; Saturated fat 3 g; Cholesterol 74 mg; Sodium 363 mg; Carbohydrates 11 g; Sugar 3 g; Fiber 2 g; Protein 17 g


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