Thursday, October 13, 2011

Paleo Tunisian Beef & Meatball Stew

This recipe for T'fina Pkaila came from Saveur, and it's perfect for a rainy day.  With beef ribs and meatballs, you get a double dose of bovine, and the color from the carrots and spinach make it a gorgeous dish to serve.

olive oil
1 small onion, diced
2 lbs ground veal (or ground beef)
1 tbs cumin
1 tbs pepper
2 tbs fresh cilantro, chopped
2 tbs fresh parsley, chopped
1 tsp salt
1 tsp paprika
1 tsp cinnamon
1 egg, beaten

Heat oil in a large pot (I used a dutch oven), and cook onions until trabsulcent.  Transfer to a bowl and mix all remaining ingredients together (using your hands works best), then form the mixture into balls.  Add a little more oil to the pan, and brown all sides of the meatballs - this will probably take a few batches.  Put meatballs on a plate and set aside.

Olive oil
2 lbs beef short ribs* 
4 gloves garlic, mined
1 large onion, chopped
3 large carrots, peeled and cubed
5 cups beef stock
10+ oz spinach leaves, roughly chopped
salt & pepper

Season beef with salt and pepper, browning the sides.  Remove from pan and add onions and garlic and cook about 5 minutes.  Return beef to pot, add stock and carrots and simmer on low (covered) for about an hour.  Add meatballs and cook about 10 more minutes, add spinach about 5 minutes before serving so it stays green and doesn't get too soggy.

*When I was at the market there were 2 beautiful beef shanks/osso bucco on sale so I bought them instead of splurging on the short ribs. 


V.Grover said...

Can I make the stew without the shortrib if I'm short on cash? If i Just made the meatballs and the stew?

V.Grover said...

also, there is a typo: it says "ass spinach" instead of, presumably, "Add spinach." I couldn't find ass spinach in the grocery store...

Seaside Kitchen said...

Nice catch V Gover - ass spinach sounds terrible :) Also, you can use some beef stew meat in place of short ribs.


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