Spice Blend


Instructions Checklist
  • To make the spice blend: Mix together the paprika, sumac, parsley, and jalapeno powder.

  • To make the meatballs: Position 1 oven rack 6 inches from the broiler and 1 in the center of the oven. Preheat the oven to 400°.

  • Coat a large oven-safe skillet with 2 tablespoons oil, and set over medium-high heat. Add the onion, 1 teaspoon spice blend, and 1/2 teaspoon salt. Cook, stirring occasionally, until onion is just translucent but still has a little bite, about 5 minutes. Transfer to a large bowl, and let cool completely; reserve skillet.

  • Add the meat, tahini, panko, egg, remaining spice blend, 1 tablespoon oil, and 2 teaspoons salt to the bowl with onions. Mix with your hands until evenly blended.

  • Coat skillet with oil. Form the meat mixture into twelve 2-inch balls. Put them in the skillet in a single layer; scatter the tomatoes all around.

  • Roast for 20 minutes on the center rack. Set the broiler heat to high, and move the skillet to the upper rack. Broil meatballs until browned and an instant-read thermometer inserted into the center registers 160°, 2 to 8 minutes more. Serve hot with the tomatoes.


Recipes reprinted from Mastering Spice, by Lior Lev Sercarz. Copyright 2019. Published by Clarkson Potter, an imprint of Penguin Random House, LLC.