Moroccan Mkaouara

Moroccan Mkaouara

Mkaouara is a popular Moroccan Kefta Tagine with cherry-sized meatballs and eggs. Tomatoes are not supposed to be added to this sauce. It’s just pure gravy from the juicy meatballs. Comfort food at its best. For a faster version, you can form the meatballs a bit larger.

Variations
  • Substitute broccoli with zucchini, pumpkin, green beans, turnips, or a fresh salad.
  • Substitute cilantro with parsley.
  • Substitute beef with veal or pork.
The Mkaouara Culinary Spice Kit includes the following spices:
[1] Paprika, cumin, cinnamon, mint, black pepper

[2] Cayenne

Moroccan Kefta Tagine

Mkaouara Gnocchi

For a change and quick dinner fix, add the Mkaouara spice blend to a tomato sauce for gnocchi.  

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Mkaouara
Cuisine Moroccan
Keyword cinnamon, mint
Servings
3-4
Ingredients
Shopping list
  • 2 lbs ground meat beef or lamb or half-half
  • 1 cup parsley and cilantro chopped (packed full, save some for garnish), half-half
  • 10 oz broccoli florets
  • 4-6 pieces of bread e.g. naan
  • 1 shallot or small onion finely chopped
  • 2 - 4 eggs
  • 2 oz butter
  • salt
Culinary Spice Kit
  • [1] Paprika, cumin, cinnamon, mint, black pepper
  • [2] Cayenne
Cuisine Moroccan
Keyword cinnamon, mint
Servings
3-4
Ingredients
Shopping list
  • 2 lbs ground meat beef or lamb or half-half
  • 1 cup parsley and cilantro chopped (packed full, save some for garnish), half-half
  • 10 oz broccoli florets
  • 4-6 pieces of bread e.g. naan
  • 1 shallot or small onion finely chopped
  • 2 - 4 eggs
  • 2 oz butter
  • salt
Culinary Spice Kit
  • [1] Paprika, cumin, cinnamon, mint, black pepper
  • [2] Cayenne
Instructions
Meatballs
  1. In a LARGE BOWL, mix herbs and shallot, Mkaouara Spices [1], salt (1 tsp recommended) and Mkaouara Spices [2] to taste.
  2. Add meat and knead well.
  3. Form little cherry-sized meatballs.
  4. In a PAN, melt 1 tbsp butter.
  5. Distribute meatballs in one layer (see notes).
  6. Cover the PAN with a lid and cook over medium-low heat for 10 minutes.
Broccoli
  1. In a POT, bring salted water to boil.
  2. Add broccoli. Cook over medium heat for 5-8 minutes until the florets are done but not falling apart.
  3. Drain and keep warm.
Eggs
  1. In a SMALL BOWL, crack the eggs.
  2. Gently slide the eggs one by one on top of the meatballs, each in a different corner.
  3. Add salt to taste. Cover the PAN and cook until the egg white is cooked.
Serve
  1. Serve Mkaouara on a large plate and sprinkle with herbs.
  2. Add bread and broccoli on separate plates.
  3. Enjoy!
Recipe Notes

If your pan is not large enough, cook the meatballs in two batches. The taste turns out better.