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Wednesday, March 24, 2010

Aviva’s Meat Balls

Evening All,


One of my best memories from growing up in Israel was (and now I can appreciate it better), always having a hot home cooked meal on the table.

My mom since I remember had a full time job, she and my dad did everything to provide for us with all we wanted, even if it meant going door to door at night and selling pictures. And still, dinner was always there!!

I can still taste is, and it's even better than ever.

Whenever my mom comes to visit me here in NY the one thing (well... maybe not just one) I always ask is her Meat Balls.

And don't get me wrong – we follow the same recipe, but I don't know why – hers always tastes better.

Maybe it's the taste of childhood that comes back to me and allows me to be that little girl again, and this is what I wish for my kids – that great feeling when you are far...far.. Away from home.


So Mommy - this is for you, with all the love in the world.

This is a note to all the Italian out there, I know this is not quite what you expect - but it has the Mediterranean kick to it. After all, I am half Moroccan and half Egyptian.


So here goes:

1 pound of ground beef (I use the 80% lean; you got to have some fat in it…)

1 egg

½ cup breadcrumb (I like the panko, gives it a bite)

¼ teaspoon black pepper

¼ teaspoon garlic powder

¾ teaspoon salt

3 tablespoon chopped parsley

¼ teaspoon of Arissa (it's a Tunisian hot pepper paste, go easy on it since it's very hot)

1 tablespoon sweet paprika



1 cans stewed tomatoes

1 cans tomato sauce

½ teaspoon of mashed garlic

¼ teaspoon of Arissa

¾ teaspoon salt

¾ teaspoon sweet paprika



Put all the Meat balls ingredients in a large ball and mix until combined, let the meat rest while you make the sauce.

In a large deep pan, combine all the sauce ingredients and let the sauce simmer.


Form the meat balls and drop then to the hot sauce.


Cook on medium for about 25-30 min.


And that's it … a nice meal.

Told you its easy didn't I?


You can serve it with white rice, or my personal favorite Couscous. (Here is the Mediterranean kick again).

The only left over on the plate will be the side... J

See you all soon




















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Sharon D said...

Hi Tal -
It tastes better when your Mom makes it..because it is made by your mom and made with Love. I know...because some of the receipes that I make that my mom and grandma have given me never quite take the same. :) :) Thank you for sharing the recipe. I am going to try it. :) Sharon

talital699 said...

Thank you darling, you are 100% correct.
don't forget to let me know how they came out

Good Luck!

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