Moroccan Beef Meatballs with Bulgar Wheat and Chickpeas

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The bed of Harissa spiked bulgar wheat and chickpeas is the perfect bed for these Moroccan inspired beef meatballs, a wonderful winter warmer!

The bed of Harissa spiked bulgar wheat and chickpeas is the perfect bed for these Moroccan inspired beef meatballs, a wonderful winter warmer!

These Moroccan influenced beef meatballs join an ever growing list of meatballs from around the world. Whether they be my very British Faggots or my Japanese influenced Teriyaki Meatballs and of course there are American Italian Meatballs with Spaghetti and even some Indian Chicken Meatballs and that is without mentioning my Beer and BBQ Meatballs! Meatballs are just magic, a wonderfully economic way of stretching meat a little further and providing a big hearty meal at a bargain basement cost.

The bed of Harissa spiked bulgar wheat and chickpeas is the perfect bed for these Moroccan inspired beef meatballs, a wonderful winter warmer!

As with many of my recipes these Moroccan beef meatballs have a wonderful spicy back flavour, this time from harissa paste, one of my favourite store cupboard ingredients that liven up and change up a typical way of using bulgar wheat.

Yes it is great with lots of fresh herbs but it is winter and my herb pot is empty and I object thoroughly to he cost of buying herbs from the supermarket, how expensive. It is however the end of January, seriously how did that happen? Anyway end of January which means I’ll be filling up my herb plot in a matter of weeks and a whole new year of planting will kick off! Now that is exciting, obviously come July it will be grueling 😉

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The bed of Harissa spiked bulgar wheat and chickpeas is the perfect bed for these Moroccan inspired beef meatballs, a wonderful winter warmer!
The bed of Harissa spiked bulgar wheat and chickpeas is the perfect bed for these Moroccan inspired beef meatballs, a wonderful winter warmer!
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Moroccan Beef Meatballs with Bulgar Wheat and Chickpeas

The bed of Harissa spiked bulgar wheat and chickpeas is the perfect bed for these Moroccan inspired beef meatballs, a wonderful winter warmer!

Course Main Course
Cuisine North African
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 40 minutes
Total Time 50 minutes
Servings 2
Calories 744 kcal
Author Brian Jones

Ingredients

  • 250 g Ground Beef
  • 150 g Onion
  • 2 Cloves Garlic
  • 1/2 Tbsp Tomato Puree
  • 1/2 Tsp Sumac
  • 1 Egg Yolk
  • 50 g Breadcrumbs
  • 1 Tbsp Cooking Oil Neutral
  • 100 g Carrot Cut on to quarters and then in to 4cm batons
  • 200 g Canned Tomatoes
  • 1/2 Tsp Ground Cumin
  • 1 Tsp Ground Corriander
  • 1/2 Tsp Chili Powder
  • 125 g Bulgar Wheat
  • 100 g Chickpeas Cooked
  • 500 Chicken Stock
  • Salt To taste
  • 1 Tbsp Harissa Paste
  • 1 Handful Chives
  • 1 Tsp Zaátar

Instructions

  1. Add the half of the onion, tomato puree, garlic, and sumac to a blender and blitz to a paste.

  2. Add this paste to the ground beef, breadcrumb, salt to taste and the egg yolk then mix.

  3. Form this mix into 10 meatballs around 40-45g each.

  4. Heat the cooking oil in a frying pan and sear off the meatballs.

  5. When seared removed the meatballs and add in the onion and carrots and cook for 5 minutes on a medium high heat.

  6. Add in the cumin, coriander and chili powder and stir to coat before adding in the tinned tomatoes.

  7. Stir this, reduce the heat to low and then add a lid and allow to steam for 15-20 minutes.

  8. Heat the chicken stock and add in the Harissa paste and then cook the bulgar wheat for 12 minutes.

  9. After 12 minutes add in the chickpeas and cook for a further 3 minutes.

  10. Serve sprinkled with chopped chives and zaátar.

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The bed of Harissa spiked bulgar wheat and chickpeas is the perfect bed for these Moroccan inspired beef meatballs, a wonderful winter warmer!
2018-06-15T13:51:11+00:00

10 Comments

  1. Bintu | Recipes From A Pantry January 30, 2018 at 1:19 pm - Reply

    I love the use of harissa paste to add some back flavour – sounds delicious! Definitely need to give these meatballs a try

  2. Anna January 30, 2018 at 1:06 pm - Reply

    My goodness, I didn’t even know about so many different types of meatballs! They look great, and I love the use of the Bulgar Wheat!

    • Brian Jones January 31, 2018 at 9:30 am - Reply

      I’m rpretty sure I made most of them up, but hey if the belly is happy who cares 😀

  3. Chris January 30, 2018 at 11:42 am - Reply

    Wowzers! My stomach is growling just at the sight of these meatballs! They look DELISH!!

  4. Rebecca January 30, 2018 at 10:07 am - Reply

    I bet this is delish!

  5. Marie January 30, 2018 at 9:05 am - Reply

    I love a good meatball! This dish looks simply amazing and so flavourful too. I need to use Harissa paste more often; it is so good!

    • Brian Jones January 31, 2018 at 9:29 am - Reply

      Harissa is such a great flavour, I make my own quite often but am more than aware that keeping spices at home unless you use them regularly leads to both less tasty food and lots of expense that really is not required. You can get such great store cupboard sauces now with harissa being one of them.

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