North African Meatballs (Boulettes)
75 mins (prep 75)
31 ingredients
4-6 servings
In France, meatballs are called boulettes (sounds better than meatballs), and by far the favorite versions are the spice-scented North African type. Most of the neighborhood Tunisian and Moroccan restaurants in Paris offer them, served as an appetizer or a side, or in a fragrant main-course tagine with couscous. In Morocco, Tunisia and Algeria, former French colonies, that’s what they’re called, too, at least on tourist menus; they also go by numerous other names in local languages. Jewish communities in those countries traditionally serve boulettes on Friday night for the Sabbath meal. Assorted sweet spices, along with chopped cilantro and parsley, are added to minced lamb or goat, then formed into delicate little balls. Simmered in a saffron-scented broth, they are usually accompanied by stewed seasonal vegetables.

Categories:  lamb~sheep , weeknight , african , ground-beef , main-dish , beef , meat , <-4-hours , moroccan , time-to-make ,
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Serving Size (301.45 g)
Servings 4
Amount per Serving
Calories 413.91 Calories from Fat 157.59
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 17.51g 107.74%
Saturated Fat 6.55g 130.99%
Trans Fat 0.27g %
Cholesterol 43.4mg 57.87%
Sodium 961.82mg 160.3%
Total Carbohydrate 54.64g 72.85%
Dietary Fiber 3.47 g 55.59%
Sugars 20.41 g %
Protein 13.4g 107.2%
Vitamin A 1280.91IU% Vitamin C 6.67mg%
Calcium 421.7mg% Iron 3.34mg%
*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your diet value must be higher or lower depending upon your calorie needs:
  Calories 2,000 2,500
Total Fat Less Than 65g 80g
Sat Fat Less Than 20g 25g
Cholesterol Less Than 300mg 300mg
Sodium Less Than 2,400mg 2,400mg
Total Carb   300g 375g
Dietary Fiber   25g 30g
Potassium   3,500 mg
Protein   50 g
Calories Per Gram
Fat 9•Carbohydrate 4•Protein 4
*Nutrition information was calculated excluding the following ingredients:
diced onions, large, salt and pepper, firm white bread, day-old, ground lamb, large egg, grated nutmeg, ground ginger, ground cloves, ground coriander, ground cumin, chopped parsley, chopped cilantro, finely chopped scallions