How to make it

  • Bring 2 cups water and 1 teaspoon of the vegetable oil to a boil in a medium-size saucepan.
  • When the water boils, remove the pan from the heat and stir in the couscous.
  • Cover the pan and let it stand until the meatballs are ready to serve. Just before serving, fluff the couscous lightly with a fork.
  • If the meatballs are frozen, run them under hot water so you can remove the packaging.
  • Place the meatballs on a microwave-safe plate and microwave, uncovered, on high power for 2 minutes to partially defrost.
  • Meanwhile, heat the remaining 2 teaspoons oil in a 12-inch skillet over medium heat (or use a 4 1/2-quart soup pot).
  • Peel and coarsely chop the onions, adding them to the skillet as you chop. Cook, stirring, until the onions begin to soften, about 3 minutes.
  • Add the tomatoes and their juice.
  • Add the garlic and the sugar to the skillet.
  • Seed and finely chop the jalapeno. Add it to the sauce.
  • Cook, stirring occasionally, while you rinse and chop the cilantro and parsley (if using).
  • Add them to the skillet.
  • Then add the cumin, cinnamon, ginger, and meatballs (fresh or partially defrosted).
  • Cover the skillet and cook until the meatballs are heated through and are beginning to absorb the sauce, about 10 minutes. Serve immediately over the hot couscous.

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    " It was excellent "
    linda2230 ate it and said...
    I just came accrpss this recipe after I joined the "From Middle Eastern Lands". It looks delicious so I have saved it to add it to my recipe collection. Thank you for sharing. "5" from me. :o)~~
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    " It was excellent "
    lor ate it and said...
    Great meatball recipe. I love couscous as well and from time-to-time I have been using quinoa as a substitute. If you have never tried quinoa it's somewhat similar and yet very different. It's quite an interesting grain and it's packed with nutrients. Thank you for this keeper!
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  • invisiblechef 10 years ago
    Everytime I come here to write on your page, I find a new recipe I've missed the last time. This one sounds really good. And we love couscous, and right in front of me I'm reading this book Called Persian Cooking, that's like Morrocan cooking isn't it? with fruits and rices, it's all so yummy!

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  • krumkake 10 years ago
    I want to experiment more with couscous - this sounds like a good place to start...thanks RD!
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  • cherihannah 10 years ago
    Sounds GREAT Will make
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