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lamb meatballs

Lamb Meatballs with Mint & Coriander Yoghurt, Hummus & Toasted Pita

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Arrange this all on a big serving platter, pop it down on the table and let everyone scoop up hummus & herby yoghurt to top their meatballs and pita.

  • Makes : 4 |
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  • Prep Time : 30 mins |
  • Cook Time : 30 mins
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Lamb Meatballs

1kg lamb mince, cold
1 egg
½ C (125 ml) panko crumbs
1 small red onion, chopped
2 garlic cloves, finely chopped
2 tsp (10 ml) ground cumin
2 tsp (10 ml) ground coriander
1 tsp (5 ml) chilli flakes
a handful of flat-leaf parsley, chopped
2 Tbsp (30 ml) dried oregano
2 Tbsp (30 ml) Willow Creek Coriander Flavoured Oil
zest of 1 lemon
sea salt and freshly ground pepper

Willow Creek Garlic Flavoured Oil for shallow frying

Herbed Yoghurt

1 C (250 ml) double cream yoghurt
a small handful of fresh mint
1 garlic clove, finely chopped
1 Tbsp (15 ml) Willow Creek Coriander Flavoured Oil
juice and zest of 1 small lemon
sea salt and freshly ground pepper

To Serve

1 tub of hummus
1 packet of pita, toasted
Willow Creek Coriander Flavoured Oil
50 g pine nuts, toasted
pickled red onions to garnish (optional) See an easy recipe here.
fresh coriander and mint if preferred

Lamb Meatballs 

For the meatballs, mix all of the ingredients together in a large mixing bowl. Use your hands work the ingredients through the meat evenly but don’t overwork the meat.

Measure out 75 g portions of the mixture and shape into balls. Again, handle the meat as little as possible and don’t compact the balls too tightly. Repeat the process until all the meatballs are formed. Put the meatballs into the fridge to chill while you prepare the rest of the ingredients.

When you are ready to cook…

Preheat the oven to 180 ºC. Heat a splash of Willow Creek Garlic Flavoured Oil for shallow frying in a large cast-iron pan or frying pan. Place half of the meatballs into the pan but do not overcrowd the pan. Fry on each side until golden brown. Remove the meatballs from the pan and place then onto a baking tray.

Fry the second batch of meatballs and then add them to the baking tray. Place the meatballs into the oven for 8-10 minutes. You want them cooked until they are just barely pink inside. Test one meatball after 8 minutes. Remove the meatballs from the oven when cooked and allow to rest for a few minutes.

Herbed Yoghurt

For the yoghurt, mix the ingredients together and then season with salt and pepper. Adjust the seasoning and lemon juice to taste.

Toast the pinenuts in a dry frying pan over medium heat until golden.

Toast the pita bread (on a baking tray in the oven, or even in your toaster) and serve on a family-style platter with meatballs, yoghurt and hummus. Garnish with a healthy drizzle of Willow Creek Coriander Flavoured Oil, toasted pine nuts, fresh herbs and pickled onions.