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How to make meat balls (mediterranean flavour)

Almost in every cuisine there a recipe of meat balls. The differences are spices and sauces. Mediterranean flavors are tomatoes, garlic, onions, parsley. And pine seeds.

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To start the sauce onions, garlic, pepper, salt, green chili and 2 TBsp of olive oil.

To start the sauce onions, garlic, pepper, salt, green chili and 2 TBsp of olive oil.

In a deep skillet. Put 2 TBsp of olive oil add the onions. Start sweating them.

In a deep skillet. Put 2 TBsp of olive oil add the onions. Start sweating them.

Add the garlic

Add the garlic

The green chili

The green chili

Add salt

Add salt

Add pepper

Add pepper

1.2 kg 8 peices

1.2 kg 8 peices

Prepare to peel. And dip in boiling water

Prepare to peel. And dip in boiling water

Peeled and pittd

Peeled and pittd

Crush the tomatoes by hand or by the potato masher.

Crush the tomatoes by hand or by the potato masher.

Add in the skilet

Add in the skilet

I used 2 green bell peppers grilled

I used 2 green bell peppers grilled

Grilling

Grilling

Or you can broil them in the oven

Or you can broil them in the oven

Grilled bell pepper and chopped

Grilled bell pepper and chopped

Add over tomatoes

Add over tomatoes

30 g grilled or raw

30 g grilled or raw

500 g of filet steak. Beef or lamb. It is a personal choice. In Lebanon they mix beef and lamb.  But mostly lamb is used.

500 g of filet steak. Beef or lamb. It is a personal choice. In Lebanon they mix beef and lamb. But mostly lamb is used.

Put the pine seeds. Pulse until you get a coarse consistency

Put the pine seeds. Pulse until you get a coarse consistency

Then add 1 diced small onion, 1/2 bunch minced parsley, 4 TBsp of olive oil, 1TBsp flaxseed, 1TBsp tahini, salt and pepper. Pulse few times

Then add 1 diced small onion, 1/2 bunch minced parsley, 4 TBsp of olive oil, 1TBsp flaxseed, 1TBsp tahini, salt and pepper. Pulse few times

Until you get that

Until you get that

The sauce is cooking

The sauce is cooking

Form the meat balls. I use the 1tbsp measure to make them the same size as much as possible. I get 32-35 meat balls

Form the meat balls. I use the 1tbsp measure to make them the same size as much as possible. I get 32-35 meat balls

Put them delicately in the sizzling sauce. Cover. Cook 5 mins the turn them cover and cook for another 5 mins. Here we are using filet steak. It is very tender. It doesn't need much time

Put them delicately in the sizzling sauce. Cover. Cook 5 mins the turn them cover and cook for another 5 mins. Here we are using filet steak. It is very tender. It doesn't need much time

Finish with the rest of the pine seeds and the minced parsley. Serve with rice or the way you like

  • Recipe for 4-6 people
  • 500.0g Filet steak beef or lamb
  • 80.0g Pine seeds 30+50
  • 6.0Tbsp Olive oil 2+4
  • 2.0 Onions 1+1
  • 1.0Tbsp Tahini
  • 1.0Tbsp Flaxseed-ground
  • 1.0bnch Parsley 1/2 + 1/2
  • 1.0kg Tomatoes 9-10peeled & pitted
  • 2.0kg Green bell pepper grilled
  • 1.0 Green chili (according to taste)
  • 1.0tsp Peppercorns/salt