These lamb meatballs are a favorite of mine that I adapted from Gourmet Magazine. I kick it up with cumin and cinnamon and sources out local ground lamb whenever possible. They go great with a simple yogurt dip, similar to tzatziki. Serve these meatballs as a crowd-pleasing appetizer over the holidays for an interesting change of pace. Make the dip a day in advance for best flavor.
Makes about 32 meatballs
1/3 cup minced yellow onion
1 large garlic clove, minced
1 ½ teaspoons olive oil
½ teaspoon dried oregano, crumbled
¼ teaspoon salt
¼ teaspoon ground cumin
¼ teaspoon ground cinnamon
Ground black pepper to taste
1 pound ground lamb
1 cup fine fresh bread crumbs
1 large egg, beaten lightly
2 cups plain non-fat Greek style yogurt
Juice of one lemon
½ cup minced parsley
1 clove of garlic, finely pressed
½ teaspoon salt, or to taste
Pinch each of ground cumin & coriander
Preheat oven to 450°F. Line a heavy duty roasting tray with non-stick aluminum foil.
To make the meatballs:
In a small non-stick skillet heat olive oil over moderately heat, sauté onion and garlic until softened. Set aside to cool.
In a bowl, add spices, lamb, bread crumbs, egg, and onion mixture. Combine well with your hands.
Form level tablespoons of lamb mixture into 1 1/4-inch meatballs, arranging on baking tray.
Bake meatballs in upper third of oven 8 to 10 minutes, turning once half way through, cook till golden brown.
To make the yogurt dip:
Mix all ingredients together. Chill for at least 2 hours before serving with meatballs.
2015 DAR Agricultural Calendar: April posted on May 14
A lamb at the Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine at Tufts University in North Grafton. Photo by David Cawston April’s contest winner was David Cawston who photographed a spring lamb at the Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine at Tufts University in North Grafton. The Cummings School of …Continue Reading 2015 DAR Agricultural Calendar: April
2015 DAR Agricultural Calendar: March posted on Apr 23
Girard’s Sugarhouse in Heath, MA. The sugarhouse was built in 1887 and produces around 250-300 gallons of syrup annually. Photo by Michael Girard March’s contest winner was Michael Girard who photographed his family’s sugarhouse in Heath. Michael Girard has been a sugarmaker since 1961 when he …Continue Reading 2015 DAR Agricultural Calendar: March
2015 DAR Agricultural Calendar: February posted on Feb 25
February’s contest winner was Amanda Bettle, who photographed sheep at The Natural Resources Trust of Easton. This photo features Dog, a former 4-H show animal and sole male sheep among the nine ewes in the Natural Resources Trust of Easton (NRT) flock. It is the mission …Continue Reading 2015 DAR Agricultural Calendar: February