Annabel Karmel’s Pork and Beef Meatballs with Tagine Sauce

  • Makes 4 portions

Introduce your toddler to the Middle Eastern flavours of this dish


For the sauce

  • 1tbsp oil
  • 1 small onion, finely chopped
  • 150g butternut squash, grated
  • ½tsp fresh ginger, grated
  • 1tsp garam masala
  • ½tsp ground cinnamon
  • ½tsp ground coriander
  • 1x400g can chopped tomatoes
  • 250ml chicken stock
  • 1tsp sundried tomato purée
  • 1tsp honey

For the meatballs

  • 125g pork mince
  • 125g beef mince
  • 30g fresh breadcrumbs
  • 15g Parmesan, grated
  • ½tsp chopped fresh coriander
  • 1 egg yolk

To serve

  • 200g rice or couscous


  • Step 1

    First make the tagine sauce: Heat the oil in a saucepan and add the onion and butternut squash. Sauté for 5 minutes, then add the ginger.

  • Step 2

    Add the spices and fry for 1 minute. Add the remaining ingredients. Season and simmer for 10 minutes until the onion and squash are soft.

  • Step 3

    Blend using a hand blender until smooth. Pour back into saucepan.

  • Step 4

    To make the meatballs put all the ingredients into a bowl. Season and mix together, then shape into 20 balls.

  • Step 5

    Bring the sauce to the boil, then drop in the meatballs in a single layer. Cover and simmer for 15 minutes.

  • Step 6

    Meanwhile, cook the rice or couscous according to the instructions on the packet. Drain and serve with the meatballs.

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