Turkish Recipes Turkish Meatballs

Turkish beef meatballs


  • 2 tsp olive oil
  • 12 British organic beef meatballs
  • 2 banana shallots, chopped
  • 1 crushed garlic clove
  • ½ tbsp plain flour
  • 2 tsp ras el hanout spice mix
  • 300ml chicken stock
  • 150g houmous
  • 150g natural yogurt
  • Handful of freshly chopped mint
  • Handful of freshly chopped parsley
  • 3 tbsp pomegranate seeds
  • 3 tbsp toasted pine nuts


  1. Put 2 tsp olive oil in a flameproof casserole (with a lid) over a medium heat and brown 12 meatballs all over.
  2. Add 2 chopped banana shallots and 1 crushed garlic clove and cook gently, stirring, for 8 minutes or until the shallots are soft and the meatballs are cooked through. Remove the meatball/shallot mixture with a slotted spoon and set aside.
  3. Whisk ½ tbsp plain flour and 2 tsp ras el hanout spice mix  into the oil, then gradually whisk in 300ml chicken stock to form a smooth sauce.
  4. Combine 150g houmous and 150g natural yogurt in a bowl, then stir half into the sauce and heat through.
  5. Return the meatball/shallot mixture to the casserole, cover with the lid and cook for 2-3 minutes to reheat.
  6. Serve the meatballs topped with the remaining houmous/yogurt mixture, a small handful each of freshly chopped mint and parsley, 3 tbsp pomegranate seeds and 3 tbsp toasted pine nuts. Serve with couscous or flatbreads.
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