Last May, my family and I went to Armenia for our yearly vacation. Asides from the amazing and stunning scenery, the one thing I really loved was the food. It was sort of like a mixture of Mediterranean and middle eastern cuisine. Everything was fresh and delicious. There was one restaurant we ate in that had a really yummy meat dish with a tomato-carrot sauce. I do not know exactly what all the flavors were in it but I tried to recreate something similar. I decided making it into meatballs and researching some Armenian flavors and recipes online. I also used some spices that we had picked up at the local market there.
Ingredients for the Meatballs: Pepper, Salt, Ground Coriander, Turmeric Powder, Saffron powder, oregano leaves, red onion, garlic and ground beef.
Ingredients for the Sauce: tomato sauce, pepper, salt, ground coriander, turmeric, ground saffron, paprika, pimientos, onion, garlic.
It is basically the same ingredients as the ground meat plus paprika and pimiento.
You also need some carrots for the sauce. (sorry, I forgot to include in the photo!)
Chop up the oregano leaves, onions and garlic. Together with all the spices mix it all up with the meat.
I added up more of the spices just to make sure the meat is flavorful.
Roll up the meat into balls and place in a baking dish.
Bake them for about 15 minutes. Flip them once after about twelve minutes.
Meanwhile,get started on the sauce. Saute the onions and garlic in olive oil. Cook the carrots first and then add in the pimientos.
Add in the tomato sauce and then put in all the spices. Season with salt and pepper according to your taste. Simmer the sauce for a few minutes and then turn off the heat. Cool it before the next step.
Once the sauce is cooled, puree it in a blender.
Once you reach it into this consistency bring it back to the pan to heat it up a bit.
Once the meatballs are done, serve it in a plate and pour the sauce all over it. Serve with some couscous and cilantro leaves on the side.
What do you guys think?
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