Meatball Tagine with Onions and Raisins and a Reminder to Vote

Once upon a time there were onions and raisins.

There was ground chicken and pumpkin pie spice.

And there was a girl. A passionate girl who comes from a faraway land. And so this dish, inspired by the flavors of her homeland, was born for her readers to enjoy.

Please vote for my video audition:)

Meatball Tagine with Onions and Raisins Recipe

4 servings

For the meatballs
1 pound ground chicken
1 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice (buy or make)
Sea salt and freshly ground pepper
2 tablespoons grated onions
1 egg yolk

For the sauce
3 tablespoons olive oil
1 small onion, cut into thin strips
½ cup raisins
½ cup water
½ cup half and half (optional)

In a medium bowl, combine the ground chicken with the pumpkin pie spice, salt, pepper, grated onion and egg yolk. Shape into medium meatballs the size of a small plum.

Place the olive oil and onions in a medium/large pot or tagine over medium heat. Cook the onions until they’re translucent, 3 to 4 minutes. Add the meatballs and sauté them, turning occasionally, about 5 minutes. Add the water, cover with a lid and cook for 10 minutes. Add the half and half and raisins, and cook for an additional 2 minutes. Let cool just a bit.

Serve warm with a dollop of strawberry or fig jam, if you wish



22 Responses to “Meatball Tagine with Onions and Raisins and a Reminder to Vote”

  1. 1

    ROFO — 06/16/2010 @ 9:34 pm

    بارك الله فيك
    you're a great and patriotic girl :)
    I'm Tunisian.

  2. 2

    Bridgett — 06/16/2010 @ 11:01 pm

    This sounds delicious! You have such interesting recipes.

  3. 3

    Foodessa — 06/17/2010 @ 12:09 am

    Alright…your recipes are very good. The least I can do is help you reach you life's dream. I'm going right now! Good luck.
    Flavourful wishes, Claudia

  4. 4

    Nisrine Merzouki — 06/17/2010 @ 12:27 am

    Thanks, Claudia.

    I truly appreciate everybody's support. You guys are the best!!

  5. 5

    Sonia (Nasi Lemak Lover) — 06/17/2010 @ 10:06 am

    This look really delicious,what a comfort food !

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    Joanne — 06/17/2010 @ 10:40 am

    I have two tiny containers of pumpkin pie spice in my cupboard that I never use because I generally just mix my own spices now. This is perfect because now I can use them up!

    Just voted! Good luck babe!

  7. 7

    Mademoiselle Poirot — 06/17/2010 @ 11:54 am

    I've voted! Of course I have! Good luck, you deserve it, your food is lovely, interesting and inspirational. Bisous & Love from London x

  8. 8

    Cathy — 06/17/2010 @ 12:20 pm

    Yummy looking meatballs, Nisrine. I know I would like the sweetness of the added raisins. I'm off now to check out the site you give us.

  9. 9

    Yasmeen — 06/17/2010 @ 12:32 pm

    Yum meatballs,love the onions and raisins toppin :D

  10. 10

    Trix — 06/17/2010 @ 12:40 pm

    I voted!! BEst of luck, you totally deserve it.

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    rosanna — 06/17/2010 @ 1:05 pm

    Wow, I'm sooooo impressed! you are really good for this! you are really talented! I have voted for you, of course, and I wish you all the best. I'll be so proud of you if you won your own cooking show on tv!!!!!!!!! You deserve it. Good luck!

  12. 12

    elra — 06/17/2010 @ 1:55 pm

    I did! Best of luck Nizrini.

    Your tagine look delicious.

  13. 13

    Cool Lassi(e) — 06/17/2010 @ 2:21 pm

    Lovely post on the Tagine dish dear. I voted for you today and also mentioned a link in my latest post here –

    Best of luck.

  14. 14

    Cinnamon-Girl — 06/17/2010 @ 2:22 pm

    These are so different from any meatballs I've ever eaten – in a good way! Exotic and delicious! I've been voting for you a few times everyday. xo

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    Nisrine Merzouki — 06/17/2010 @ 2:37 pm

    Cool, you're so cool! Thank you so much!
    Cinnamon, I appreciate that a bunch!!

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    Katie@Cozydelicious — 06/17/2010 @ 3:32 pm

    This looks fantastic! I love the ide aof serving the meatballs with fig jam – how fun, and what a great mix of flavors and textures. Yum!

  17. 17

    sophia — 06/17/2010 @ 6:12 pm

    Wow that sounds AMAZING! I love that you used pumpkin spice…what a kick! You're so creative!

  18. 18

    Mademoiselle Poirot — 06/17/2010 @ 6:51 pm

    Thanks for your comment Cinnamon-Girl, good tip ;-) I had no idea you could vote more then once, off to vote again ;-) xo

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    George [Athens/Greece] — 06/18/2010 @ 3:03 pm

    Hi everyone here!
    Well I'd like to know what's the composition of that "pumpkin pie spice"…before I start searching on Google! Have never heard it before, or seen it on any supermarket shelf here in Athens!
    I just love the special touch of raisins and their combination with onion in this recipe, Nisrine!
    Thanx a lot in advance.

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    Rosa's Yummy Yums — 06/18/2010 @ 4:59 pm

    I voted for you. Good luck!

    That tajine looks lovely! Moroccan food is great!



  21. 21

    Nisrine Merzouki — 06/18/2010 @ 6:23 pm

    George- in the US you can buy it ready at the supermarket. If you can't find it where you live, click below for the recipe:

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    Cara — 06/21/2010 @ 11:00 pm

    I love sweet and savory combinations like this one! I made a similar dish a while ago, now I don't know why I haven't made it more often!

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