Greek Lamb Meatball Recipe with Tzatziki Sauce

Greek Lamb Meatball Recipe with Tzatziki Sauce

An easy delicious dish of lamb meatballs with tzatziki sauce that is the perfect way to get more lamb in your diet.

Easy Lamb Meatball Recipe

This Greek lamb meatball recipe is my version of a deconstructed gyro. All of the required elements are present; they are just not wrapped up in the pita bread.  But let me tell you, it tastes just as good, and can be served like this for a more formal meal. If you prefer to cook and shave your meat in a more traditional gyro fashion, you could try using a rotisserie cooker to roast the lamb.

Greek Lamb Meatballs with Tzatziki Sauce

Lamb as Meat

Lamb is by far the most over-looked red meat on the North American market. Too many people are intimidated by the idea of cooking lamb.  But it is very easy to make and has a very distinctive taste, making it a delicious alternative to beef or chicken.  Growing up in the United Kingdom, a nice roast leg of lamb was our traditional holiday dinner, not turkey.  Lamb is an excellent source of protein and nutrients. Another plus is the relatively low calorie count of lamb, with a 3 ounce serving clocking in at a mere 160 calories with 23 grams of protein. Lamb is an excellent source of iron and healthy omega-3 fats.   As with all meats, opt for organic, grass-fed lamb to ensure you are getting the best quality of lamb meat. As with most things in life, there is a down side to eating lamb – it contains significant amounts of cholesterol.  However, most of a lamb’s fat is on the outside, so it is possible to trim it to a minimum.  But, as with most things, we suggest enjoying this meat in moderation.

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Greek Lamb Meatball Recipe with Tzatziki Sauce
Greek Lamb Meatballs with Tzatziki Sauce
Servings
Ingredients
Lamb Meatballs
Tzatziki Sauce
Servings
Ingredients
Lamb Meatballs
Tzatziki Sauce
Greek Lamb Meatballs with Tzatziki Sauce
Instructions
Lamb meatballs
  1. Heat the avocado oil in a large skillet on medium heat until shimmery
  2. Add the remaining 8 ingredients to a large bowl and mix to combine, being careful not to overwork.
  3. Wet your hands with water and using 2 tablespoons of the lamb mix, form into meatballs, wetting your hands as needed to stop the meat from sticking to them.
  4. Add the meatballs to the skillet and cook until brown on all sides and cooked through; about 6 minutes total. Be careful not to over crowd the meatballs and cause sweating.
  5. remove the meatballs from the pan and set aside
Tzatziki Sauce
  1. Strain the cucumber through a fine mesh sieve to remove excess liquid. This can be done over night in the fridge. If pushed for time squeeze out juices using cheesecloth or paper towels.
  2. Combine the yogurt, vinegar, lemon juice, garlic, oil and salt in a bowl.
  3. Add the cucumber and fresh dill to the yogurt mix and stir to thoroughly combine.
  4. Cover and store in the fridge until ready to use.

Quote of the dish:

“I know the crew so well, so I forget I’m being filmed. It’s like cooking with a friend in the kitchen – you’re talking, as you do, and maybe you’re telling her about this wonderful way to prepare lamb chops – it’s more natural, more honest.” – Nigella Lawson

 

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