Lamb Meatballs with Lemon Mint Yogurt Sauce

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These lamb meatballs are spiced up with cumin, cilantro and mint and served with a traditional Greek yogurt sauce. Makes for a fancy appetizer for a cocktail party.

These lamb meatballs are spiced up with cumin, cilantro and mint and served with a traditional Greek yogurt sauce. Makes for a fancy appetizer for a cocktail party.

 I was at an event for my husband’s job last year and the restaurant that catered this event served these absolutely incredible lamb meatballs for an appetizer that I could not get out of my head ever since.  Since on a normal basis I have 8 zillion things and/or ideas of what to make for my blog running through my head, the lamb meatballs were soon forgotten about and pushed aside.  I finally got around to making them thanks to inspiration from partnering with American Lamb Board to create an original lamb recipe as a part of their global flavors project and was so happy with the result.  Their lamb is known for it’s quality, flavor, and tenderness and was so tasty and VERY easy to cook with – if you can cook with any other meat, you can cook with lamb.  There are more than 82,000 family-owned sheep farms in almost every state and American Lamb is local, with grass-fed lamb available year round. It’s not just for Easter anymore!  Lamb naturally lends itself so well to global flavors, including Latin, Middle Eastern, Asian and Mediterranean… and even Greek, like these meatballs!  It works great in all sorts of recipes.  I had never cooked with lamb before, believe it or not, so this was a great opportunity for me to try something new.

Ground lamb meatballs are with cumin, cilantro and mint and served with a traditional Tzatziki yogurt sauce. Makes for a fancy appetizer for a cocktail party.

This is a great alternative to regular meatballs and there are no breadcrumbs or flour in them making them gluten free.  I honestly thought if I left these ingredients out that the meatballs would be dry or tough, but they weren’t at all.  These would be a huge hit at a cocktail party!  They can even serve as your main course with a side salad and some rice or potatoes.  I served them with an arugula salad with almonds and brown rice.  It was a nice, light meal!  If you make these for a party, make lots, because people love them. The creamy, cool yogurt dipping sauce really gives a fabulous flavor and puts these over the top and shouldn’t be bypassed.  Topping the meatballs with the sauce and a mint leave gives a nice touch and gives them that impressive “wow” factor.  Your dinner guests will love “ewe” for it.  Enjoy!

Lava Lake American Lamb Board

Natural lamb meatballs are spiced up with cumin, cilantro and mint and served with a traditional Greek yogurt sauce. Makes for a fancy appetizer or main course.

Lamb Meatballs with Lemon Mint Yogurt Sauce
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Serves: 30 meatballs
 
These lamb meatballs are spiced up with cumin, cilantro and mint and served with a traditional Greek yogurt sauce. Makes for a fancy appetizer for a cocktail party.
Ingredients
Meatballs:
  • 1 pound ground lamb
  • ¼ cup finely diced shallots (or white onion)
  • 1 tablespoon finely chopped fresh mint
  • 1 tablespoon finely chopped fresh cilantro
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 teaspoon ground coriander
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • ½ teaspoon ground cumin
  • ¼ teaspoon cinnamon
  • ¼ teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
Yogurt Sauce:
  • 6 ounces Greek yogurt
  • 3 teaspoons finely chopped fresh cilantro
  • 3 teaspoons finely chopped fresh mint
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • Zest of 1 lemon, minced
  • pinch of sea salt and freshly ground black pepper
Instructions
  1. Preheat the oven to 375°F.
  2. Combine all meatball ingredients in a large bowl and mix thoroughly with your hands.
  3. Form into about 30 meatballs (about 2 teaspoons each) and place on a lightly greased baking sheet.
  4. Bake until meatballs are no longer pink in the middle, about 14-15 minutes.
  5. Meanwhile, combine all yogurt ingredients in a small bowl and season with salt and black pepper. Mix well. Serve on top of meatballs and/or with a side to dip the meatballs into.

Recipe source:  inspired by Owl House restaurant and chow.com

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Author:Ashley

These are a few of my favorite things: cooking, baking, Broadway musicals, cruises, Disney World, Christmas, thunderstorms, 80's and country music, and my favorite pastime has ALWAYS been baseball. Go Yankees!

21 Responses to “Lamb Meatballs with Lemon Mint Yogurt Sauce”

  1. October 30, 2014 at 12:59 AM #

    Delicious little bites and with the dollop of mint yogurt sauce on top perfect for a party. So pretty.

  2. October 30, 2014 at 4:52 AM #

    ive never cooked with lamb either! These look deliciouse and with those blend of cumin,cinnamon,and coriander I don’t think you could go wrong!

  3. October 30, 2014 at 7:44 AM #

    I had a similar tapas at an event earlier this year — and it was amazing. This looks so good, and so pretty! Perfect for all those holiday parties that are coming soon.

  4. October 30, 2014 at 8:58 AM #

    Lamb is one of those ingredients that I always order when we go out for dinner but rarely make at home. We are big meatball fans in our house, so this would be a great way to make a lamb dish on my own!

  5. October 30, 2014 at 9:14 AM #

    These look divine!! Love the lemon and mint yogurt sauce!

  6. October 30, 2014 at 9:32 AM #

    Who doesn’t love a good tender meatball? I’ll take 10!

  7. October 30, 2014 at 10:16 AM #

    Ashley, I love the flavor combination of these meatballs – it actually made my mouth water reading your description of them! We love lamb, and I don’t make it often enough – this is a great reminder that I need to! Delish!

  8. October 30, 2014 at 10:23 AM #

    Lamb is one of my favorite meats to cook with and eat. These meatballs are definitely going to make an appearance at my table!

  9. Ginny McMeans
    October 30, 2014 at 3:06 PM #

    I bet you get to see and eat lots of good food when you go to your husband’s events. Lucky girl! People will loves these.

  10. October 30, 2014 at 4:28 PM #

    So yum! My hubby would LOVE these!

  11. October 30, 2014 at 4:36 PM #

    Mmm, I absolutely love lamb. These meatballs have amazing flavors, I know I’d gobble them up.

  12. October 30, 2014 at 11:05 PM #

    These sound absolutely perfect for a holiday appetizer!

  13. October 30, 2014 at 11:50 PM #

    This is probably the easiest meatball recipe, that’s healthy too, I’ve seen in a long time. And its already gluten free.

  14. October 31, 2014 at 11:08 AM #

    I love lamb! These look awesome!

  15. October 31, 2014 at 7:07 PM #

    You had me at lamb…and mint. These meatballs look super tasty!

  16. October 31, 2014 at 8:06 PM #

    I love lamb and all the flavors here are just fantastic.

  17. October 31, 2014 at 8:06 PM #

    I love lamb and usually make lamb meatballs or lamb burgers once a month or so! The yogurt sauce on top sounds great!

  18. November 2, 2014 at 3:05 AM #

    What beautiful meatballs, your photos look gorgeous! I bet they would be an awesome appetiser 😀

    Cheers
    Choc Chip Uru

  19. November 2, 2014 at 11:42 AM #

    Oh, I just love lamb!! The flavors you added to these little bites is fantastic!!

  20. November 2, 2014 at 8:26 PM #

    I love making turkey balls without any flour – but never have I tried lamb! Ashley – love the cumin and coriander in them!

  21. November 3, 2014 at 8:11 AM #

    What a nice bite to offer at parties AND its GF friendly!! I was first introduced to lamb meatballs through Dom Deluise believe it or not when I was a kid.

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