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Spiced ground lamb (coriander and cinnamon, meet meatball) is made into tasty ’lil morsels and grilled to perfection. Juicy, golden brown, crispy-on-the-outside, melt-in-your-mouth-inside lamb meatballs.


Servings

2

Total time

50 minutes

Cuisines

Greek

Courses

Dinner, Lunch


Ingredients

  • ⅔ cup plain Greek yogurt
  • ¼ cup unsweetened coconut milk (or sour cream)
  • 2 tbsp mayonnaise (optional)
  • 1 tsp lemon zest + 1 tsp. lemon juice
  • 2 tsp fresh dill
  • 1½ tsp granulated sugar
  • 1 dash salt and ground black pepper
  • ½ english cucumber (diced)
  • Mint pesto
  • 2 cups fresh mint leaves
  • 1 cup fresh spinach
  • ¼ cup unsalted nuts {almonds or walnuts}
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • zest and juice of ½ lemon
  • dash salt and ground black pepper
  • ¼ cup extra virgin olive oil
  • meatballs
  • 1 lb ground lamb {or chicken}
  • 1 tsp dijon mustard
  • ½ yellow onion (finely minced)
  • 2 cloves garlic, finely minced {or 2 tsp. garlic powder}
  • 1 large egg
  • ½ cup breadcrumbs
  • 1 tsp ground coriander
  • 1 tsp ground cumin
  • ½ tsp coarse salt
  • ¼ tsp ground cinnamon
  • ¼ tsp ground black pepper
  • cooking spray
  • for SERVING
  • 4 whole grain pita rounds, toasted or grilled
  • ½ english cucumber, diced or sliced
  • ½ cup feta cheese
  • fresh cilantro (for garnish)


Method

  1. To prepare Tzatziki sauce, combine ingredients through sugar in a food processor. Season with a dash of salt and black pepper; pulse until smooth. Taste and adjust seasoning, if necessary. Add diced cucumber and fold with a spatula. Spoon into a bowl and refrigerate.

    Rinse food processor with water. To prepare mint pesto, combine ingredients through lemon in a food processor and add a dash of salt and pepper. Pulse while drizzling olive oil in through the vegetable shoot until you reach desired consistency. Taste and adjust seasonings, if necessary.

    Preheat a grill to medium-high heat. In a bowl, combine all meatball ingredients {except oil}. Work with your hands until everything is thoroughly combined. Form meatballs using your hands and place them on a plate. Brush meatballs with canola oil or spritz with cooking spray.

    Place them on the grill and cook, rotating a few times, about 8-10 minutes or until cooked through.

    To serve, place meatballs in toasted or grilled pita bread. Drizzle with Tzatziki and mint pesto and top with cucumbers, feta and fresh cilantro leaves.

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