Moroccan Meatballs

Throwing a dinner party in Brooklyn can be a bit trying. While I am lucky enough to have what just might be the biggest kitchen in New York City, the rest of our space is much less…well…spacious. I think that our apartment is just under 700 square feet – that includes our bedroom, living room, kitchen, bathroom, and one big closet that has to serve as storage for anything that doesn’t have a permanent place on the bookshelf or in our living room. Don’t get me wrong, I love our apartment and I love New York, but sometimes I think it might be nice to have a dining room or a living room that is separate from the kitchen, or, perchance to dream, enough outdoor space to grill. One day we’ll realize that dream, but for now, when we have people over, we need to get a bit creative as far as how we go about serving food. Everything has to be easy to eat, but at the same time, delicious and filling. As much as I love sandwiches, those can get old, so when McCormick Spices asked me to be a part of their Dinner Party Chain along with their Go Gourmet promotion to launch some of their new gourmet spices, I got really excited! McCormick sponsored the party I threw for a few close friends, but all the opinions on their products are my own. McCormick is a brand that I think everyone knows and loves, so I want to share some of the recipes I created with their gourmet collection of spices. I love throwing parties, and I was really inspired by all of the new possibilities with these products. I was particularly interested in the ras el hanout spice blend, as well as their roasted cumin and dried mint flakes. I decided to go for a (vaguely) Moroccan theme with my dinner party, centering the meal about these Moroccan Meatballs. You can also enter for a chance to win your own dream dinner party, so I hope this makes you want to get out there and enter to win!

Moroccan food is something that I discovered after living in New York, and it’s absolutely addicting. All of the fragrant spices are irresistible, and there is always something new to try. I mentioned ras el hanout, which is a blend of turmeric, cumin, cinnamon, chili peppers, and more, and it really packs a punch of flavor. I also used some roasted coriander and extra roasted cumin from the gourmet spice collection by McCormick, and paired them all with a combination of ground lamb and ground beef. I fried the meatballs in a little bit of oil, then finished them off in a spicy tomato sauce. I liked to spread a bit of goat cheese on some bread and top it with the sauce and meatballs – the creamy goat cheese helped to cut through some of the heat of the meatballs, and the toasts were the perfect way to enjoy the meal as a whole. All of these meatballs were gone by the end of the night, and I made about 40 of them, so I think that I can confidently say that they were a big success. This is just the start of my week of dinner party food, so come back soon to see what else I made!

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