Kashkuleh (Meat balls with vegetables)
This is something my mom used to make for us since we were small .. i think its a traditional dish… its healthy, light and tastes good … basically its meatballs with different vegetables .. u can use what ever vegetables available not necessarily the ones i mention … its simple to make and doesnt take that long … to make it you will need:
- 1 lb minced meat (lamb or beef).. whichever u prefer
- 1 small onion, chopped finely
- 1/2 ts all spice
- 2 tb bread crumbs
- salt and pepper
- 1 big zucchini, chopped
- 1 big potato, chopped
- 1 medium eggplant, chopped
- 1 big carrot, chopped
- 2 to 3 big tomatoes, quartered
- 2 red onions, sliced in half .. then sliced thin
- 4 garlic clove, cut in half
- 1 to 2 celery sticks, chopped
- 2 cups beef stock.. or chicken stock … whichever u have on hand
- salt and pepper
In a bowl … add the meat, onion, bread crumbs, all-spice, salt and pepper… And mix it all well ..
Shape the meat mixture into either oval shape like in the photo or simply into balls … and place it in a baking sheet which is brushed or sprayed with a little oil …
Bake the meat balls until slightly browned and cooked through … around 15 to 20 mins …
Meanwhile cut all the vegetables …
Place all the vegetables in a bowl and mix them all together …
Now you have two choices … either season the vegetables with salt and pepper .. or simply season the stock … i chose to season the stock this time…
Add all the mixed vegetables to the cooked meat balls .. and stir it all together ..
Add the stock (seasoned with salt and pepper) to the vegetables and meat ball mixture … and cover it with aluminum foil ..
Bake covered at medium heat for 30 to 40 mins … until the potatoes and carrots(they take the longest to cook) are fork tender..
Uncover the baking pan and bake for around 15 mins more .. just to give it a nice color ..
Serve with pitta bread…
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