So day 1 of Ramadan went very well and everything was ready in time to break fast at precisely 5.38pm. Tonight as it’s a kinder day we’re having a Berber Pizza which has to be one of the easiest Moroccan meals to cook, great for breakfast as well and for those nights where you really are not at all interested in what cooking has to offer or you don’t want to have to think about what to cook.
This is another one to get the kids involved in too as they can help with the squishing of the mince meat, making the meat balls and putting them into the tajine. Served with crusty bread and a salad if you like this will feed a family of 4 being 2 adults & 2 kids.
You will need:
500g of mince meat – Lamb or beef
1 onion diced
2 cloves of garlic crushed
2 tsp ground cumin
2 tsp paprika
handful of chopped parsley & coriander
1 400g tin of crushed tomatoes
Salt & Pepper to taste
Extra Virgin Olive oil.
In a mixing bowl add the meat, 1/2 garlic & 1/2 the herbs and 1 tsp of cumin & 1 tsp of paprika & salt & pepper to taste, mix well & set aside to allow the flavours to develop. In your Tajine or frying pan fry the onions, garlic & remaining spices in olive oil. Add the tomatoes & 1/4 cup of water stir to combine and allow to simmer for 5 – 10 mins until the sauce begins to thicken. Meanwhile shape the meat mixture in to balls and drop into the tomato sauce so they’re evenly spaced around the dish, cover and simmer for about 15 mins. Turn the meat balls once or shake the pan to move them around a bit. Once the liquid has reduced crack the eggs into the pan and cover until they’re set.
Season to taste with salt, pepper, cumin & paprika, garnish with chopped parsley & serve with crusty bread. Best eaten communally with your hands!