Slow Cooker Spiced Middle Eastern Meatballs in Tomato Sauce

Author: Canadian Living

Serve topped with cilantro alongside a generous helping of couscous or flatbread. For mild flavour, omit the cayenne pepper.

  • Portion size 10 servings
  • Credits : Canadian Living New Slow Cooker Classics

Ingredients

  • 1 onion finely diced
  • 3 cloves garlic minced
  • 2 teaspoons paprika
  • 1 teaspoon fennel seeds crushed
  • 1 teaspoon cumin seeds crushed
  • 1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 pinch saffron threads (optional)
  • 1 can whole tomatoes
  • 2 tablespoons tomato paste
Meatballs:
  • 1 small onion grated
  • 1 egg
  • 1/3 cup bread crumbs
  • 1/3 cup chopped fresh cilantro
  • 1/4 cup finely chopped green olive
  • 1 teaspoon cumin seeds crushed
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1 1/2 lb medium ground beef
  • 1 1/2 lb lean ground beef

Method

Meatballs: In large bowl, stir together onion, egg, bread crumbs, cilantro, olives, cumin seeds, oregano, salt, pepper and cinnamon; mix in beef. Shape into 24 balls.

In slow cooker, combine onion, garlic, paprika, fennel seeds, cumin seeds, cayenne pepper, salt, and saffron threads (if using). Stir in tomatoes and tomato paste, crushing tomatoes with hands or potato masher. Top with meatballs.

Cover and cook on low until digital rapid read thermometer inserted in a few meatballs registers 160°F (71°C), about 6 hours.

Nutritional facts Per each of 6 servings: about

  • Sodium 769 mg
  • Protein 25 g
  • Calories 350.0
  • Total fat 21 g
  • Potassium 734 mg
  • Cholesterol 99 mg
  • Saturated fat 8 g
  • Total carbohydrate 16 g

%RDI

  • Iron 36.0
  • Fibre 0.0
  • Folate 14.0
  • Sodium 0.0
  • Sugars 0.0
  • Calcium 9.0
  • Protein 0.0
  • Calories 0.0
  • Total fat 0.0
  • Vitamin A 9.0
  • Vitamin C 35.0
  • Potassium 0.0
  • Cholesterol 0.0
  • Saturated fat 0.0
  • Total carbohydrate 0.0
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