These baked, ground lamb meatballs are a quite flavorful alternative to traditional meatballs.

Recipe Summary

prep:
20 mins
cook:
1 hr
additional:
30 mins
total:
1 hr 50 mins
Servings:
4
Yield:
4 servings
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Ingredients

4
Original recipe yields 4 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • Preheat an oven to 450 degrees F (230 degrees C).

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  • Line a baking sheet with aluminum foil; oil lightly.

  • Combine bread crumbs and milk in a small bowl. Soak bread crumbs until milk is absorbed, about 30 minutes.

  • Combine bread crumb mixture, lamb, egg, garlic, olive oil, tomato paste, rosemary, cumin, salt, oregano, black pepper, cinnamon, and cayenne pepper in a large bowl.

  • Form lamb mixture into 2-inch meatballs and place on the prepared baking sheet.

  • Cook meatballs in the preheated oven until they are slightly browned, about 15 minutes. Remove from the oven and set aside.

  • Combine meatballs, tomato sauce, chicken stock, fresh mint, and red pepper flakes in a large sauce pan over medium heat until meatballs are no longer pink inside, about 45 minutes.

Nutrition Facts

610 calories; protein 31.3g 63% DV; carbohydrates 24.4g 8% DV; fat 43.5g 67% DV; cholesterol 153.8mg 51% DV; sodium 2322.9mg 93% DV. Full Nutrition

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Rating: 5 stars
06/08/2013
I made this the other night and hubby absolutely LOVED it! We've recently changed our eating habits from less beef to more lean meats like Lamb and Bison. I was at a loss as to what to make with the ground Lamb. This was perfect and easy. I served it over a bed of brown rice and a broccoli side dish. Just a side note: I used Almond Milk instead of cow's milk. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
06/08/2013
I made this the other night and hubby absolutely LOVED it! We've recently changed our eating habits from less beef to more lean meats like Lamb and Bison. I was at a loss as to what to make with the ground Lamb. This was perfect and easy. I served it over a bed of brown rice and a broccoli side dish. Just a side note: I used Almond Milk instead of cow's milk. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
05/21/2017
I chose to not make the red sauce and serve it over angel hair pasta which was tossed with butter and pecorino romano. Parmesan would I think also be lovely as it is milder. The flavor profile of the meatballs stood out, I think that adding a tomato sauce may steal their thunder. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
09/10/2015
I was so impressed by how good this turned out!! I had 1lb of ground lamb on hand and was just looking for a simple recipe to make without going back to the store. Some alterations: used a jar of pizza sauce (2cups) and some chopped grape tomatoes to sub for the tomato sauce; used dried mint and rosemary; and almond milk instead of cow milk. Still turned out delicious! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
10/19/2015
I made just the meatballs and added to a store bought sauce. They were so tasty! I was really surprised. I used oatmeal and panko crumbs because that's what I had. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
09/24/2015
The combination of spices for the meatballs here is unbelievably delicious (cumin cinnamon etc.). I use it for all of my lamb recipes (lamb burgers lamb stuffed peppers etc). Great job Chef John! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
01/31/2018
AMAZING! Minutes into starting this recipe I realized my eggplant was rotten so I was forced to omit it I thought my meatballs might not turn out the same as others but the recipe held up well and turned out DELICIOUS. The spice was perfect and the lamb so tender. This was my 1st time making lamb and I am so happy I did! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
04/16/2018
Great recipe as always Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
09/11/2014
I didn't change a thing and it went over great! We'll definitely be making this again! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
09/17/2017
This was delicious. While I didn't have any mint on hand I did have everything else that the recipe called for and followed the directions as written. This recipe is a keeper and I will make it again. Read More
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