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Greek Lamb Meatballs

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Sautéed mushrooms, celery and garlic add flavor and help keep calories in check and portions hearty in this easy lamb meatball recipe. We like to serve these meatballs Middle Eastern-style: with warm pita, cucumbers, tomatoes and tzatziki sauce or hummus.

Servings

6 servings

Prep Time

25 minutes

Total Time

50 minutes

Ingredients

  • 8ounces mushrooms, chopped
  • 1small onion, chopped
  • 1stalk celery, sliced
  • 4cloves garlic
  • 1tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1/2cup fine dry breadcrumbs
  • 1/4cup toasted pine nuts
  • 1/4cup crumbled feta cheese
  • 1tablespoon dried mint
  • 1tablespoon dried oregano
  • Zest of 1 lemon
  • 1/2teaspoon salt
  • 1/2teaspoon ground pepper
  • 1pound lean ground lamb

Instructions

  1. Finely chop mushrooms, onion, celery and garlic in a food processor. Heat oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add the vegetable mixture and cook, stirring occasionally, until the liquid has evaporated, 6 to 8 minutes. Transfer to a large bowl and let cool for 10 minutes.
  2. Preheat oven to 450°F. Line a large rimmed baking sheet with foil and coat with cooking spray.
  3. Add breadcrumbs, pine nuts, feta, mint, oregano, lemon zest, salt and pepper to the cooled vegetables; stir until combined. Add lamb and mix gently to combine (do not overmix). Form into 30 meatballs (a scant 2 tablespoons each) and place on the prepared baking sheet.
  4. Bake the meatballs until an instant-read thermometer inserted in the center registers 165°F, about 15 minutes.

Tips

Freeze baked, cooled meatballs in a single layer on a baking sheet, then transfer to an airtight container. Freeze for up to 3 months. Reheat from frozen in a 350°F oven for about 25 minutes.

Nutrition Facts

Per serving (recipe makes 6 servings)

Calories 219kcal
Carbohydrate Total 12g
Total Sugars 2g
Added Sugars 0g
Fiber 2g
Total Fat 12g
Saturated Fat 3g
Mono Saturated Fat 5g
Cholesterol 44mg
Sodium 373mg
Protein 17g
Potassium 387mg
Calcium 81mg
Folate 42mcg
Omega-6 3g
Vitamin B12 1mcg
Vitamin E 2mg
Zinc 3mg
Vitamin B3 5mg