This meal, while certainly not a 30 Minute Meal by any means is so worth taking the time to make some night. You don’t need to serve with all components, but if you’ve got some onions or cucumber (has to be english/seedless cucumber) lying around, you might as well, right?

The meal inspiration came from a Bon Appétit recipe but I tweaked the yogurt sauce to resemble my tzatziki with the addition of mint, added the cucumbers from this recipe and added a little more spice to the onions. Serve it all with some whole grain pita bread. And don’t worry about making a mess, there is nothing wrong with enjoying a delicious turkish meal, even if it is all over your face….

Lamb Köfte Meatballs:

  • 1 lb ground lamb
  • 1/2 cup mint, chopped
  • 1/4 cup onion, minced
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 Tbsp paprika, coriander and cumin
  • 1 tsp salt, pepper and cayenne pepper

Pre-heat oven to 375° F. Combine all ingredients in large bowl and mix together with hands until all is incorporated. Form meatballs into about 1″ diameter balls. Spread out the meatballs evenly in glass baking dish. Bake for 10-15 minutes until meat is cooked through.

Paprika Onions:

  • 1/2 white onion, thinly sliced
  • 1/2 red onion, thinly sliced
  • 1/2 Tbsp olive oil
  • 1/2 Tbsp paprika
  • salt & pepper

Heat olive oil in large pan over medium heat. When oil is hot add onions and seasonings, saute until onions are soft. Set aside.

Sauteed Cucumbers:

  • 1/2 english cucumbers, chopped
  • 1/2 Tbsp olive oil
  • salt & pepper

Add olive oil to pan used for paprika onions and when hot add cucumbers, stirring to combine all ingredients. Take off heat after about 3 minutes.

Mint Yogurt Sauce:

  • 1 cup 2% Fage
  • 1 Tbsp lemon juice
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 1/4 cup cucumber, chopped
  • 1 Tbsp mint, chopped

Combine all ingredients in a small bowl. Stir until incorporated and store in the refrigerator until serving.


15 Comments (Reply )

  1. The Taster
    Apr 09, 2010 @ 11:17 am

    Meatballs = Yum!

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  2. The Taster
    Apr 09, 2010 @ 11:17 am

    Meatballs = Yum!

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  3. savoringsarah
    Apr 09, 2010 @ 12:04 pm

    Middle eastern food is the BEST. I tried my hand at homemade gyros a couple weeks ago, and I am legitimately HOOKED! SOOO good!

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  4. savoringsarah
    Apr 09, 2010 @ 12:04 pm

    Middle eastern food is the BEST. I tried my hand at homemade gyros a couple weeks ago, and I am legitimately HOOKED! SOOO good!

    Reply

  5. Estela @ Weekly Bite
    Apr 09, 2010 @ 1:46 pm

    I love lamb! I have to try this dish :)

    Have a great weekend Emily!!

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  6. Estela @ Weekly Bite
    Apr 09, 2010 @ 1:46 pm

    I love lamb! I have to try this dish :)

    Have a great weekend Emily!!

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  7. Dawn (HealthySDLiving)
    Apr 09, 2010 @ 2:30 pm

    Thanks for sharing–this looks delicious! :)

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  8. Dawn (HealthySDLiving)
    Apr 09, 2010 @ 2:30 pm

    Thanks for sharing–this looks delicious! :)

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  9. sophia
    Apr 10, 2010 @ 9:03 pm

    My mouth…it’s watering so bad! Oh wow, the meatballs look amazingly flavorful, and love that you served it on a pita!

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  10. sophia
    Apr 10, 2010 @ 9:03 pm

    My mouth…it’s watering so bad! Oh wow, the meatballs look amazingly flavorful, and love that you served it on a pita!

    Reply

  11. Holly
    Apr 12, 2010 @ 8:31 am

    this looks amazing. i love all the components to this dish – esp. the paprika onions!

    hope all is well my friend – happy monday :)

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  12. Holly
    Apr 12, 2010 @ 8:31 am

    this looks amazing. i love all the components to this dish – esp. the paprika onions!

    hope all is well my friend – happy monday :)

    Reply

  13. eatingRD
    Jun 28, 2010 @ 10:51 pm

    This is definitely my kind of dish, love lamb!

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