Coclo, Algerian Big Meatballs

Servings: 6
Total time: 45min

1 lb ground beef
1/2 cup rice
1 garlic head
1 medium egg, beaten
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 tsp ground bay leaf
1/8 tsp ground mace
1/4 tsp pepper
1/8 tsp thyme
2 tbsp olive oil
1 medium onion, finely chopped
1/2 bunch cilantro, tied in a bundle
3/4 cup water


1. Mix beef, rice, garlic, egg, salt, bay leaf, mace, pepper, thyme and olive oil together well. Shape into 2 large meatballs.

2. Put onion, cilantro and water in a pan. Add meatballs. Cover pan and simmer over low heat for 2 hours or a bit more.

3. Remove and discard cilantro. Serve with rice or couscous.

* Adapted from The Great Book of Couscous by Copeland Marks