One Dish Spicy Meatballs

One Dish Spicy Meatballs

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Recipe by NZEggs


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A delicious one dish dinner that’s perfect for any day of the week. Serves 5 for under $15


  • Meatballs
  • 450 g beef mince (for reduced fat version use a premium grade mince)

  • 1/3 cup dried breadcrumbs

  • 1/2 red onion, finely diced

  • 2 cloves garlic, crushed and chopped

  • 2 teaspoons smoked paprika

  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cumin

  • 1/2 teaspoon ground coriander

  • 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper (optional)

  • Sauce
  • 1 egg

  • salt and freshly ground black pepper

  • 1 tablespoon olive oil

  • 1 red pepper, finely chopped

  • 2 cloves garlic, crushed and chopped

  • 400 gm cans chopped tomatoes

  • 4 eggs

  • 3 tablespoons chopped parsley or coriander leaves


  • Mix the mince, breadcrumbs, red onion, 2 cloves garlic, smoked paprika, cumin, cayenne pepper, egg and salt and pepper together in a bowl.
  • Shape the mixture into walnut sized balls.
  • Heat a film of oil in a large frying pan and cook the meatballs over a medium heat until well coloured.
  • Add the red pepper to the pan and cook for a a few minutes until it starts to soften, then add the garlic and canned tomatoes.
  • Simmer for about 15 minutes before making 4 indents in the sauce, large enough to fit an egg. Break the eggs into each indent and gently cook until the whites are set.
  • Season with salt and pepper and sprinkle with the fresh herbs.
  • Serve with crusty fresh bread.

Watch the ‘how-to-video’ below…

Tips & Hints

  • You could substitute the dry spices for a readymade Moroccan spice blend e.g. Gregg’s Moroccan Spice Mix.
  • If using crushed garlic from the jar use 2 teaspoons.

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