Lamb meatballs are flavorful, tender, and great for loading onto a gyro, or eating as an appetizer.
When I think of lamb I immediately think of time spent in the Mediterranean. My husband and I have been very lucky to visit a great deal of the Mediterranean, and noticed that lamb was a staple in many of the areas we visited. We had it in Greece and Israel, prepared different ways, and it was always good.
Here in the US, I do not see lamb as often, and sometimes forget about it as an option for feeding my family. If you are anything like me, you probably do not buy lamb as much as you should, and that is a shame because it is so flavorful!
But did you know in the US there are more than 82,000 family-owned sheep operations, with sheep in nearly every state? It’s true! You can find local American lamb year round that has great quality, flavor, and tenderness. So now is the time to add it to your dinner rotation.
And what is better is that it can give you global flavors without ever having to leave home. I love being able to introduce my kids to flavors from Latin America, the Mediterranean, Asia, and even Middle Eastern cultures, right at our dinner table. It is far cheaper than taking them to those places…haha, although I hope to take them to see them!
So while lamb is great in kabobs, gyros, bulgogi and stews, I wanted to show you an amazing Mediterranean Lamb Meatball with a Yogurt dipping sauce that will have you licking your chops (lamb chops!!! Haha).
Mediterranean Lamb Meatballs with Yogurt Dipping Sauce
- 1 pound ground lamb
- 1/4 cup finely chopped white onion make it really fine
- 1 Tbs finely chopped fresh mint
- 1 Tbs finely chopped fresh cilantro
- 1 Tbs finely chopped garlic
- 1/2 tsp ground paprika
- 1 tsp ground cumin
- 1 tsp coriander
- 1/2 tsp pumpkin pie spice
- 1-1/2 tsp salt
- 1 cup whole milk plain Greek yogurt
- 1/2 Tbs cilantro chopped fine
- 1/2 Tbs mint chopped fine
- 1 tsp cumin
- 1/4 tsp coriander
- salt and pepper optional
- zest of one lemon
- Mix together meatball mixture with hands, and form balls (between 20-30 depending on size)
- Let sit overnight or for a few minutes
- Preheat oven to 375
- Bake for 15-20 minutes until cooked through
- Mix together all yogurt sauce ingredients, salt and pepper to taste
- Serve meatballs on skewers or with toothpicks, and with yogurt dipping sauce
Our recipe card software calculates these nutrition facts based on averages for the above ingredients, different brands, and quality of produce/meats may have different nutritional information, always calculate your own based on the specific products you use in order to achieve accurate macros for this recipe.
These lamb meatballs with a yogurt dipping sauce will knock your socks off. And they are really easy to make. They can even be made a day in advance and refrigerated to be cooked the day you want them, making them a fast week night option, or fun appetizer for company. And the yogurt sauce is amazing on day one, but the flavors can really meld overnight, making it another great make-ahead option!
If you want global flavor with local lamb, that will have wanting to book a flight right to the Eastern Mediterranean, try this recipe.
And an extra bonus! This recipe makes a great freezer meal! Just prepare the meatballs, and freeze before cooking. Then defrost and cook according to directions day of!
Do you like lamb? What is your favorite way to prepare it? Leave me a comment letting me know!!
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