Daoud Basha Recipe – Lebanese Meatballs

If you fancy a taste of Beirut with its energetic, soulful and friendly atmosphere but don’t have a holiday lined up, then at least enjoy the flavours of some great flavoursome Lebanese dishes. If you can’t go to Beirut, bring a piece of Lebanon into your kitchen with this Daoud Basha recipe. These deliciously tender Lebanese Meatballs will provide a welcome change to your mid-week meals.

Daoud Basha Lebanese Meatballs

Daoud Basha Recipe – Lebanese Meatballs

Everyone has tried meatballs but there are so many variations that no two meatball recipes are the same. You’ve probably tried Italian and Swedish meatballs, but if you haven’t tried Lebanese meatballs give this Daoud Basha recipe a go.

You can easily adapt this meatball recipe depending on your meat preferences. So, you can choose if you want beef or lamb, you can also try it out with chicken or turkey. This recipe suggests using beef or lamb as it gives it more of an authentic Lebanese flavour. Lebanese meatballs are made in a tomato sauce and contain a mix of nuts and spices that make it different to other meatball recipes. The pine nuts in this Daoud Basha recipe also makes this dish more authentically Lebanese.

Meatballs are always a firm family favourite and they can be quite fun to make. They’re a homey comfort food and they’re filling so they’re great for a mid-week treat. You can choose to eat these meatballs in different ways, served over rice, on their own or with vermicelli pasta. So depending on your preferences you can easily tailor this Daoud Basha recipe to make it your own way.

Daoud Basha recipe, Lebanese meatballs

If you are a lover of meatballs you might also be interested in our Swedish meatball recipe. Alternatively, if you want to experiment with other Lebanese dishes, why not try this Lebanese Manakish recipe?

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Daoud Basha
Recipe adapted from hadiaslebanesecuisine.com
Daoud Basha recipe, Lebanese meatballs
Course Main Dish
Cuisine Lebanese
Servings
Ingredients
For the meatballs
Course Main Dish
Cuisine Lebanese
Servings
Ingredients
For the meatballs
Daoud Basha recipe, Lebanese meatballs
Instructions
  1. In a bowl, mix the meat, onion, parsley, allspice, cayenne pepper and salt.
  2. Divide the meat into portions, about the size of an apricot. Gently roll each portion between your palms, creating round shaped balls. Set aside.
  3. Add oil to a wide skillet and roast the pine nuts over medium heat stirring constantly until golden in color. Remove with a slotted spoon and set aside.
  4. Add the meatballs in batches to the same skillet and sear the balls on both sides, about 5 minutes. Remove the meatballs with a slotted spoon and set aside.
  5. Sautee the onions, in the same skillet, to translucent
  6. Add the diced tomatoes and salt and cook over medium heat until the tomatoes start wilting, bout 5 minutes.
  7. Pour the water and add the tomato paste. Stir to incorporate.
  8. Sprinkle the white pepper and cayenne pepper. Return the meatballs to the skillet and bring the mixture to the boil. Reduce heat to low, cover the skillet and simmer for 5 minutes. Add the toasted pine nuts and serve it with plain rice or rice and vermicelli.
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