This easy meatball dish is best served with plenty of crusty bread or couscous for mopping up the delicious garlic-tomato sauce.
Ras el hanout is a spice blend commonly used throughout North Africa. It can be found in the spice aisle of most large supermarkets.
Wonderful dinner! I served it over rice and substituted a few pinches of cumin and lemon zest for the ras el hanout, and fresh parsley for dried. Also left out the water as the tomatoes made it saucy enough and made the meatballs a bit more bite-sized. Otherwise, terrific! - 15 Nov 2010 (Review from Allrecipes US | Canada)
These meatballs put inside a French baguette make a pretty good meatball sandwich. However, I think I would throw a little ras el handout into the ground beef if I made it again to give the meat a little more flavor. - 28 Jan 2011 (Review from Allrecipes US | Canada)
I loved these. I made them exactly as called for - but used minced onion instead of chopped. For the tomato sauce - I got creative and added: 1 can rotel, 1 can of italian stewed tomatoes, sofrito (from the spanish isle), some salsa, splash of A1 bold, a 1/2 lime (squeezed), more sofrito, pepper and some cumin. Sofrito adds a little zip and spice to the sauce, as I did not have ras el hanout. Simmer on low and added on top of the meatballs. It was SO good and my company for dinner that night were AMAZED! This is my new "go to" recipe for meatballs. My FAVE! - 12 Jan 2011 (Review from Allrecipes US | Canada)