Tunisian meatballs


  • 1 lb. chopped beef
  • 1/2 cup bread crumbs
  • 1 Tbs chopped parsley
  • a dash of nutmeg
  • 1/2 tsp onion powder
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 1 egg, slightly beaten

For the sauce

  • 1/2 cup chopped onion
  • 2 tomatoes, chopped
  • 1 Tbs chopped parsley
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • a dash of saffron
  • a dash of cinnamon
  • a dash of pepper
  • 1/2 cup tomato juice


  1. Mix the meat, bread crumbs, parsley, nutmeg, onion powder, salt, pepper, egg and water.
  2. Form the mixture into meatballs and brown in broiler until golden brown.
  3. Steam the tomatoes and onion.
  4. Put the meat, steamed tomatoes and onions and all remaining seasonings into a pot along with the tomato juice. Close tightly and simmer gently for 30 minutes.
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