Inspired by Jamie Oliver and Alex on youtube, this is my fancied up, yet simple meatballs–soft like clouds–in a rich tomatoey middle eastern inspired sauce.
This will serve 4–6 depending on how hungry you are.
Start the clouds
Blitz the crap out of the beef cloud ingredients in a blender until it looks like the inside of a sausage
Roll into a number of balls (big or little, whatever floats your boat)
Fry the clouds
Fry clouds briefly in a little oil a few at a time until they are brown on the outside, still raw in the middle though - (Due to the breadcrumb content they may burn easily so don’t push them too hard or it’ll taste like a bbq sausage someone forgot about) - They are ok if they are raw inside still.
Set aside your half cooked beef clouds on a plate
Get saucy - fry onion
Fry onion until soft. (probs min 5 mins. People tend to under cook onions). Add a tiny bit of water if they look like they will burn. I really don't like raw onion.
Add garlic and cook for a min
Grind cumin and corry and pepper (if it’s not) and add it now.
Once the spices are smelling add 2 tsp of Harrisa paste.
Add 2 tsp of the zaatar last, you don’t want it to fry much at all.
Hit the pan with the Woichy and Red Vinegar
Go in fast with a good whack of woichester sauce and red wine vin. Probs a couple tbs of each. Let it cook down. You’ll know it’s done when the aggressive vinegar smell goes away and the liquid reduces
Chickpeas - juice and all
Once reduced throw in the chickpea can juice and all, stock cube and lentils (no juice). Stir
Add passata and bring to the boil
Add passata, rinse the jar and put a little bit of that jar water in too. Bring to the boil over medium heat
Reduce heat and gently add the clouds
Reduce heat if it’s out of control and add in clouds gently (they make break up if you are rough at this stage)
Cook, add herbs
Cook for 5 mins. Add some chopped parsley. Add another tsp of za’atar now too (this is the secret). Then cook for another 10m and we are done!
Serve with Greek yog and cous cous
Serve with a doulop of Greek yog over some cous, drink some wine and call it a day.
Serve with Greek yoghurt and cous cous. It is super hearty and yum.