Comfort Food

Kountry as you know I’ve been a bit ragged lately, something about taking a bite bigger than I could possibly chew! 😉 This means I’ve not been up to much in terms of domesticated things such as cooking or making food, but have no fear –  I’ve not lost the consuming side of me!

I received a lovely dish the other day, something comforting, simple and yet surprisingly delicious. Can you say yay and yum?! Of course you can! 😉

A friend cooked a traditional dish for me, this was a meatball type of stew and rather yummy!

Here’s what you need:

1 lb lean ground beef or lamb or a combination
1 lb tomatoes, peeled and cut in small pieces, or use a large can of peeled tomatoes
2 tablespoons tomato paste, dissolved in 1 cup water
2 medium onions, finely sliced
2 tablespoons vegetable oil
1 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon pomegranate molasses
1/4 teaspoon sugar
1/4 teaspoon white pepper, or black if that’s what you have

Here’s what you do:
Combine meat, cinnamon, salt, sugar and pomegranate molasses into a nice mixture. Some people will use a food processor to make a very fine paste, but this isn’t needed.

Take the meat mixture and roll into small balls, roughly the size of a small plum. You will need to frequently wet your hands so that the meat doesn’t stick to them.

In a fairly deep sauce pan, if you have one, heat oil and add meatballs. Cook thoroughly and then remove. You can drain the meatballs on towels if you wish.

In the same pan, fry the onions until tender. Once tender, add the tomato paste and water mixture and tomatoes. Cook over medium heat until boiling. Once boiling, reduce heat and cover. Simmer for 15 minutes. Add the meatballs into the sauce to warm them back up. Serve over rice or noodles.

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2 thoughts on “Comfort Food

  1. Wow Town, that sounds really good – I could go for some of that! Is pomegranate molasses like sorghum molasses or does it taste different? Not sure where one would buy that… could a person sub in regular old molasses and get the same taste?

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    • No subbing at all I’m afraid bc you lose the sweet and sour fruit flavour.
      You can buy it at the lovely shop where we had those super puffy pitas or most other Middle Eastern stores.

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