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Sweet and Spicy Sesame Lamb Meatballs

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Recipe

For some reason, our students seem slightly intimidated by the thought of ground lamb, probably because its availability in the United States has been limited. But with the growing popularity of lamb, ground lamb can now be found in almost any good butcher shop. For these meatballs, we take advantage of its wonderful flavor by pairing it up with a Middle Eastern mix of spices and tossing them in an orange chutney glaze.

Yield: Makes about thirty-two meatballs

Ingredients

  • 1½ teaspoons olive oil
  • 1/3 cup minced onion
  • 1 large clove garlic, minced
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ½ teaspoon ground cumin
  • ¼ teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • ¼ teaspoon ground allspice
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 pound ground lamb
  • ½ cup fine fresh breadcrumbs
  • 1 large egg, beaten lightly
  • ¼ cup sesame seeds, lightly toasted
  • 1 cup chutney (use your favorite)
  • ¼ cup orange juice

Directions

Heat the oil in a small, nonstick skillet over medium-low heat. Add the onion and garlic and cook, stirring, until softened. Transfer to a large bowl and stir in the salt, cumin, cayenne, allspice, and cinnamon. Add the lamb, breadcrumbs, egg, and sesame seeds and combine well. Form the mixture into ¼-inch meatballs, arranging them on a tray.

Preheat the oven to 450°F. Bake the meatballs in the upper third of the oven until golden and just cooked through, 8 to 10 minutes.

Meanwhile, heat the chutney and orange juice in a large saucepan. Toss in the cooked meatballs and stir gently to coat. Remove the meatballs to a warm serving platter and serve with the yogurt dip.

Notes

Make-ahead: The uncooked meatballs can be prepared 1 day ahead, covered loosely, and chilled. You can also freeze the uncooked meatballs in one layer on a baking sheet until solid, and then transfer them to a freezer bag where they will keep for a month. Thaw them in the refrigerator on a baking sheet and then bake as directed.

Tip: If you can’t find ground lamb in your local butcher shop, ask your butcher to grind up some lamb shoulder for you. Any good butcher will be happy to do it.


© 2006 Meredith Deeds, Carla Snyder

Note from Cookstr's Editors

Nutritional information is based on 16 servings, but does not include Cucumber and Cilantro Yogurt Dip. For nutritional information on Cucumber and Cilantro Yogurt Dip, please follow the link above.

 

Nutritional Information

Nutrients per serving (% daily value)

173kcal (9%)
41mg (4%)
4mg (7%)
5mcg RAE (0%)
115mg
18mg
6g
10g
34mg (11%)
3g (16%)
9g (13%)
1g
18g
125mg (5%)
1mg (6%)
 

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