Spiced Lamb Meatballs with Ras el Hanout Spice Mix

How Much?

Makes 20 medium meatballs and 3/4 cup ras el hanout

What Do We Need?

For the meatballs:
2 medium garlic cloves
1/3 bunch oregano
1/3 bunch mint
1/4 cup raisins
1 tablespoon tomato paste
1 1/2 tablespoons ras el hanout (see below)
1 pound ground lamb
Salt and black pepper to taste

For the ras el hanout:
4 tablespoons fennel seeds
4 teaspoons black peppercorns
2 teaspoons ground cloves
2 tablespoons ground coriander
2 tablespoons ground cinnamon
2 tablespoons ground cumin
2 tablespoons ground cardamom

How Do We Make It?

  1. For the ras el hanout spice mix: Grind fennel and pepper in a spice mill until turned into a semi-fine powder. Combine with the other spices and store in an airtight container.

  2. For the meatballs: Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.

  3. Peel and mince garlic. Pick oregano leaves from stems and mince. Pick mint leaves from stems and chiffonade. Mince raisins and add to a mixing bowl along with garlic, herbs, and the rest of the ingredients, along with a few healthy pinches of salt and ground pepper. Massage mixture with your hands until fully incorporated.

  4. Form medium-sized meatballs (keep size consistent) and place on prepared baking sheet. Bake for 12-15 minutes until no longer pink inside.