A North African casserole ideal for a small party. Just adjust the ingredients to your liking.


Recipe Summary

20 mins
45 mins
30 mins
1 hr 35 mins
8 servings


Original recipe yields 8 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified


Instructions Checklist
  • Soak dried chile peppers in hot water for 30 minutes. Drain. Remove stems and seeds.

  • Blend chiles with 2 tablespoons olive oil, garlic, and 1/2 teaspoon salt in a food processor. Add coriander, caraway seeds, and cumin; blend to form a smooth paste. Transfer to an airtight container. Drizzle about 2 tablespoons olive oil on top to keep fresh.

  • Chop 1/2 of the cilantro and stem the rest. Combine chopped cilantro with beef, onion, cilantro, fresh chile, cumin, and cloves. Add egg and sea salt; mix to combine. Form into about 26 small meatballs, each about the size of a walnut.

  • Heat olive oil in a large frying pan. Fry meatballs in batches until browned all over, about 5 minutes. Remove meatballs and add 2 tablespoons harissa to the pan; cook, stirring, for 1 minute. Add tomatoes, chicken stock, and cinnamon. Simmer for 15 minutes.

  • Return meatballs to the pan and stir in sausage. Simmer until sausage is heated through and no longer pink in the center, about 20 minutes. Stir in remaining cilantro.

Cook's Notes:

Store harissa in an airtight container and keep for a month in the refrigerator.

Use any good-quality sausage you like.

Editor's Note:

Nutrition data for this recipe includes the full amount of harissa. The actual amount consumed will vary.

Nutrition Facts

345 calories; protein 20.1g; carbohydrates 9.6g; fat 25.1g; cholesterol 90mg; sodium 534mg. Full Nutrition

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Rating: 5 stars
Okay, I'm one of *those* people, I admit it. I already had harissa and meatballs made, and I had to sub linguica for the sausage. And I sauteed onions and garlic. And served with basmati rice. BUT. The flavor of this stew was so outstanding I want to make it again tomorrow. I can't wait to see how good this will be actually following the recipe. Thank you! Read More