A ladle scooping some meatballs and potato from the crockpot.
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Slow cooker Syrian Kawaj

Author: Amira Ibrahim


  • 1 ½ lb ground meat .
  • ¼ cup pine nuts . optional
  • ½ cup chopped parsley I used a combination of parsley and cilantro, optional.
  • ½ teaspoon salt or to taste.
  • ½ teaspoon black pepper.
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon.
  • ½ Tablespoon Arabic bahar.
  • 3 Tbsp vegetable oil.

For the slow cooker

  • 1 large onion sliced.
  • 1 large green bell pepper sliced
  • 2 medium potatoes peeled, sliced
  • Additional salt and pepper
  • 2 cans diced tomatoes or 8 medium fresh tomatoes peeled and diced.
  • ¼ cup water


  • In a large bowl, mix the first 7 ingredients well and shape the mixture into golf ball sized meatballs.
  • Heat oil in a skillet and brown the balls, not cook them just brown for about 2 minutes from all sides. Work in batches if necessary.
  • Remove from heat and set aside.
  • In your crockpot arrange onion slices at the bottom. then top with alternate meatballs,potato slice, and green pepper, alternatively.
  • Mix diced tomatoes with salt and pepper and dumb in the crockpot.
  • Pour the water over and let it cook on low for 6-8 hours.
  • Serve with white / brown rice, bread and a nice green salad.
  • Enjoy!!