A little variety can go a long way towards keeping things fresh. Move over beef, pork, and chicken! There are other animal proteins to explore!
Lamb is one such option. But what to do with it? Consider meatballs.
Making meatballs or another recipe using ground meat is an approachable and affordable way to try different muscle meats such as lamb. By using 50% ground beef, or another ground meat with which we are already comfortable cooking and eating, and 50% ground lamb, trying something new feels more familiar. Sometimes we humans are funny like that. We want something “new and different,” but not “too new and different.”
Herby lamb meatballs, not eel sushi.
It can be like that with haircuts, too. But that’s another story…
Sometimes this idea of wanting something “a little different” resonates with me. If I am going to make the effort preparing something, I want to be reasonably sure my audience will eat it (and enjoy it). I want to be reasonably sure I will enjoy it.
Other times we feel more adventurous. And some of us are more food-adventurous than others by default. Whatever your mood, these Mediterranean Meatballs are a crowd-pleaser. Consider serving atop a bed of zucchini noodles to lighten-up the meal.
- 1 pound ground lamb
- 1 pound ground beef
- 1 egg or 2 egg yolks
- 1 shallot, minced
- 4 tsp capers, minced
- 1 Tbsp garlic, minced
- 1 tsp lemon juice
- 1 handful parsley, finely chopped
- 2 sprigs fresh oregano, finely chopped
- 2 sprigs fresh rosemary, finely chopped
- 1 1/2 tsp salt
- 1/2 tsp black pepper
- 1/2 cup gluten-free breadcrumbs I use Trader Joe's Rice Crumbs. Check the ingredient list on your product.
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. Mix all ingredients together in a large mixing bowl.
- Using a large spoon or cookie scoop, spoon out evenly sized amounts of meatball mixture. Roll with hands into round balls. Place formed meatballs into muffin pan, one meatball per muffin placeholder. Makes 20-24 meatballs.
- Bake in oven for 25 minutes or until lightly browned and internal temperature is 160 degrees Fahrenheit. Remove from oven. Place meatballs on clean dish. Discard fatty juices which cooked out of meatballs. Serve immediately or refrigerate for future use.