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The Hirshon Medieval Moorish Meatballs With Saffron Sauce - كرات اللحم مع صلصة الزعفران

The Hirshon Medieval Moorish Cumin Meatballs With Saffron Sauce – كرات اللحم مع صلصة الزعفران

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  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 lbs. ground lamb
  • 4 Tbsp. onion juice
  • 1 tablespoon chopped fresh parsley
  • 1 teaspoon minced garlic, about 1 large clove
  • 1 Tbsp. freshly-ground cumin or more to taste
  • 1/2 Tbsp. freshly-ground coriander seed
  • 2 large eggs, beaten
  • 2 1/2-inch-thick slices French bread, soaked in water and squeezed dry
  • 3 tsp. modern murri mix
  • 1 tsp. freshly-ground black pepper
  • All purpose flour
  • ***
  • Saffron Sauce:
  • 2 Tbsp. olive oil
  • 1 medium yellow onion, chopped
  • 1 tsp. minced garlic, about 1 large clove
  • 2 tsp. smoked Spanish paprika
  • 1 1/2 cups reduced-sodium chicken broth
  • 1/2 cup dry sherry
  • 3 large pinches crumbled saffron threads
  • 1/4 cup chopped fresh parsley, plus additional for garnish
  • Finely chopped sliced almonds, for garnish
  • ***
  • For optional garnish – edible gold leaf on each meatball


  1. Coat the bottom of a large cast iron pan with olive oil and set aside over medium-high heat. Mix lamb, parsley, garlic, egg, bread, murri mix and pepper in medium bowl. Mix well and shape meat mixture into 1-inch meatballs. Place flour on a plate, roll meatballs in flour, and then place in the prepared pan. Cook until browned on all sides.
  2. While the meatballs cook, heat olive oil in a separate large skillet over medium-high heat. Add onion and sauté until tender, about 5 minutes. Add garlic, paprika, broth, sherry, saffron and ¼ cup of parsley, use an immersion blender and create a smooth sauce. When the meatballs are done, add them to the skillet and cook, covered, for 20-25 minutes, until the sauce thickens and the meatballs are done.
  3. Taste sauce and season with salt and pepper as needed. Serve on a platter and sprinkle with more chopped parsley and chopped almonds. Garnish meatballs with optional edible gold foil and serve immediately.
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