Tuesday, March 9, 2021

Spiced Meatballs in Tomato Sauce #NationalMeatballDay

Tender pork and chicken meatballs browned and finished off in a tomato sauce that is chock full of fresh vegetables and fragrant with warm spices.

Spiced Meatballs in Tomato Sauce

Join in the fun as the Festive Foodies celebrate National Meatball Day.......

Ashley of Cheese Curd in Paradise invited us to join her today in celebration of the humble staple in nearly every household and culture.....the Meatball.

Let's see what everyone cooked up for us today..........

Celebrating National Meatball Day!

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  • Best Spaghetti and Homemade Meatballs from Blogghetti
  • Baked Turkey Ricotta Meatballs from The Spiffy Cookie
  • Firecracker Meatballs from Hezzi-D's Books and Cooks
  • Gluten Free Turkey Meatballs from That Recipe
  • Hoisin Asian Meatballs from Making Miracles
  • Sriracha Turkey Meatballs from Sweet Beginnings
  • Spiced Meatballs in Tomato Sauce from A Day in the Life on the Farm
  • Thai Coconut Turkey Meatballs from A Kitchen Hoor's Adventures
  • Vegan Meatballs from Shockingly Delicious

  • Spiced Meatballs in Tomato Sauce

    These meatballs are seasoned with the warm spices of the Middle East, cumin, coriander and allspice.  Then they are browned and set aside until you make the sauce using the same pan.

    Spiced Meatballs in Tomato Sauce

    The sauce is chock full of vegetables.  Tomatoes, onions, carrots, eggplant and zucchini combined with even more fragrant spices of thyme, ginger, cumin, and cinnamon.

    Spiced Meatballs in Tomato Sauce pin

    Like so many other foods, meatballs are made in almost every culture.  I have shared versions from Mexico, Finland, Poland, China, Korea, Greece, Sweden, and, of course, Italy, all of them scrumptious.  

    This recipe was no exception....Enjoy.

    Pork, Chicken, Meatballs, Entrees, Spices
    Entrees, Pork, Chicken
    Middle Eastern
    Yield: 8 servings
    Author: Wendy Klik
    Spiced Meatballs in Tomato Sauce

    Spiced Meatballs in Tomato Sauce

    Tender pork and chicken meatballs browned and finished off in a tomato sauce that is chock full of fresh vegetables and fragrant with warm spices.
    Prep time: 15 MinCook time: 30 MinTotal time: 45 Min


    • 1 lb. ground pork
    • 1 lb. ground chicken
    • 1 small onion, minced
    • 2 eggs
    • 1/4 c. cornstarch
    • salt and pepper to taste
    • 3/4 t. cumin
    • 1/2 t. ground coriander
    • 1/2 t. allspice
    • pinch of red pepper flakes
    • 1 T. olive oil
    • 1 vidalia onion, diced
    • 2 carrots, scraped and sliced
    • 1 T. tomato paste
    • 2 t. paprika
    • 1 t. dried thyme
    • 1 t. cumin
    • 1 t. ginger
    • 1/2 t. cinnamon
    • 1 (15 oz) can diced tomatoes
    • 1 eggplant, diced
    • 1/2 c. chicken broth
    • 1 zucchini, diced


    1. Combine the pork and chicken with the minced onion, eggs, cornstarch, salt, pepper, cumin, coriander, allspice and crushed red pepper.
    2. Shape into meatballs using about a rounded Tablespoon for each.  You should end up with about 40 meatballs.  
    3. Heat the olive oil in a large skillet over medium heat and brown meatballs, in batches if necessary, on all sides.  Remove to a plate and set aside.
    4. In the same skillet, add the onion and carrot.  Cook and stir until fragrant and the onion is translucent.  Stir in the tomato paste, paprika, thyme, cumin, ginger and cinnamon.  Add the tomatoes and juices, chicken broth and eggplant to the skillet.  Cook and stir, scraping up any browned bits stuck to the bottom of the pan.  
    5. Return the meatballs to the skillet containing the sauce, reduce heat to low, cover and simmer for about 10 minutes.  Add the zucchini, cover and cook for another 10 minutes.


    Adapted from a recipe found in Cuisine at Home, Issue #73



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