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Sunday, March 28

Beef & fonio meatballs with sweet potato stew

Active: 55 minutes; Total: 1 hour 55 minutes; Serves: 4 to 6

Fonio, cooked according to package direction, cooled

½ cup (measure after cooking!)

Onions, finely chopped

2 mediums

Parmesan, finely grated

1 ounce

Eggs, lightly beaten

1 large

Thyme, chopped

2 tablespoons

Garlic, finely chopped

4 cloves


1 ½ teaspoons +
3/4 teaspoon +

Pepper, freshly ground, 

¼ teaspoon +

Beef, 80% lean ground

1 pound

Peanut oil

¼ cup +
2 tablespoons

Bay leaf, fresh

Tomatoes, whole peeled, crushed by hand

28 ounces

Chicken broth, low-sodium

1 cup +
½ cup

Sweet potato, peeled, cut into 1-inch pieces

1 medium

  1. Combine fonio, 1-cup onions, cheese, egg, thyme, 2-teaspoon garlic, 1 ½-teaspoons salt, ½-teaspoon pepper in a food processor. 
  2. Process until the mixture forms a coarse paste, about 30 seconds. 
  3. Transfer fonio mixture to a large bowl; add ground beef and 1-cup onions. 
  4. Using your hands, gently combine the meat mixture. 
  5. Shape sixteen balls; place on a parchment-lined baking sheet. 
  6. Cover and chill at least 1 hour, or up to 8 hours or overnight. 
  7. Heat ¼-cup oil in a large high-sided skillet over medium heat. 
  8. Add bay leaf, remaining onions (about 2 cups), and remaining garlic (about 2-teaspoons). 
  9. Cook, stirring often, until onions are golden brown, 15 to 20 minutes. 
  10. Add tomatoes, 1-cup broth, 3/4-teaspoon salt, and ¼-teaspoon pepper. 
  11. Cook, stirring often, until the sauce has thickened, 15 to 20 minutes. 
  12. Stir in sweet potato and remaining ½-cup broth. 
  13. Reduce heat to medium-low; cover and cook, stirring occasionally, until the potato is almost tender, 18 to 24 minutes. 
  14. Heat remaining 2-tablespoons oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. 
  15. Working in batches if needed, cook meatballs in hot oil, turning occasionally, until browned on all sides, about 10 minutes; transfer to a plate. 
  16. Nestle meatballs in skillet with sauce; cook, uncovered, over medium-low, until sweet potato is tender and meatballs are cooked through, 5 to 10 minutes. 
  17. Season with salt and pepper to taste; garnish with parmesan. 
Recipe from Food&Wine Magazine, March 2021.

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