Greek Style Braised Lamb Meatballs
Greek Style Braised Lamb Meatballs
Greek Style Braised Lamb Meatballs

Greek-style Braised Lamb Meatballs

    

December 11, 2015

Traditional Greek flavors allow the flavors, and the lamb, to shine through.

  • Prep: 45 mins
  • Cook: 45 mins
  • Yields: 4 Servings

Ingredients

4-6 tbsp heavy cream

2 slices white bread, crust removed, diced

1 lb ground American Lamb

4 tbsp toasted breadcrumbs

3 tbsp cooked long-grain rice

2 tbsp diced Greek olives

2 tbsp minced mint

1 tbsp chopped fresh dill

1 tbsp chopped fresh parsley

3 garlic cloves, minced

1 large egg

1/2 tsp salt

Oil, for frying

SAUCE

2 tbsp unsalted butter

1/4 cup all-purpose flour

1 cup chicken broth or stock

1 cup lamb broth

1 lemon, zest and juice

dash Salt and black pepper, to taste

3 tbsp cold, diced unsalted butter

GARNISH

3 Roma tomatoes, peeled, seeded, and diced

2 tbsp chopped green Greek olives

1 tbsp extra-virgin olive oil

Directions

1For Meatballs: In a large stainless steel bowl, add the heavy cream to the diced bread and let sit for 10 minutes. Add the lamb, breadcrumbs, rice, olives, mint, dill, parsley, garlic, egg, and salt. Knead all ingredients together and form the mixture into walnut-size balls. Refrigerate.

2For Sauce: In a saucepan over medium heat, add the butter. Stir in the flour until smooth. Whisk and cook for 2 to 3 minutes. Gradually whisk in the chicken broth, lamb broth, lemon zest, and juice. Bring to a simmer for 3 to 5 minutes and season to taste with salt and pepper. Whisk in additional butter as needed. Preheat the oven to 375°F.

3To Serve: In a heavy skillet, pan-fry the meatballs in oil until browned. Place the meatballs in a casserole dish and cover with the sauce. Bake for 30 minutes. Transfer meatballs to a serving dish.

4Toss the tomatoes and olives in olive oil and spoon it on top of the meatballs. Garnish the meatballs with crumbled feta cheese, chopped parsley, and toasted pine nuts and serve over orzo pasta or rice pilaf.Recipe and image provided by the American Lamb Board

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