Greek Lamb Meatballs

These 2 bite Greek lamb meatballs are packed full of feta cheese, spices and served with a homemade tzatziki sauce. They are a perfect appetizer or dinner! 

These 2 bite Greek lamb meatballs are packed full of feta cheese, spices and served with a homemade tzatziki sauce. They are a perfect appetizer or dinner!

I have been sitting here for 45 minutes attempting to figure out some story to write along with these meatballs. This the part of blogging that I sometimes hate. The need to come up with a story to go along with the food. Sometimes it just cannot be done. I guess I could tell you about my day…would that work?

  • Woke up around 9:30am. Didn’t want to get out of bed.
  • Went to the diner for a French toast breakfast and Instagramed a picture of my iced coffee.
  • Went to the grocery store to buy all the stuff I would need to make my recipes for SheKnows.
  • Stopped at the beer store to try and find this chipotle beer I heard about. I couldn’t find it but I did stay inside the beer freezer for about 15 minutes because it was so deliciously cold.
  • Talked my husband into driving to the other beer store to see if they had the beer. They did.
  • Stopped at 7-11 to buy myself a diet coke. It tasted like shit.
  • Got home and started dinner – pork chile verde. We cannot get enough of this stuff!
  • Watched a bunch of old episodes of The Office. You know, the ones were Jim and Pam were not together yet and it gave you that same feeling that Ross and Rachel gave you.
  • Ate dinner. It was amazing. You really should make this stuff.
  • Edited some pictures for this week, worked on my editorial calendar for SheKnows, and tried to figure out new recipes to make for Nutmeg Nanny.
  • Went to the store to buy ice cream because I’m a sucker.
  • Starting watching Trading Places with my husband while writing this post.
  • Still watching Trading Places and learning all about frozen concentrated orange juice.

Isn’t my life glamorous? What did you do this weekend?

These 2 bite Greek lamb meatballs are packed full of feta cheese, spices and served with a homemade tzatziki sauce. They are a perfect appetizer or dinner!

Now, about these meatballs. They are made with ground lamb and packed full of fresh crumbled feta, cumin, allspice, cinnamon and served with a homemade tzatziki sauce. They are the perfect party appetizer or simple dinner option when served with a salad.

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Greek Lamb Meatballs

These 2 bite Greek lamb meatballs are packed full of feta cheese, spices and served with a homemade tzatziki sauce. They are a perfect appetizer or dinner!

Prep Time: 20 minutes

Cook Time: 20 minutes

Total Time: 40 minutes plus rest time

Ingredients:

For meatballs:

  • 1 pound ground lamb
  • 1/3 cup crumbled feta cheese
  • 1/4 cup minced shallots
  • 3 tablespoons semolina
  • 3 tablespoons minced parsley
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1 teaspoon ground allspice
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 egg, lightly beaten

For tzatziki sauce:

  • 1 cup shredded cucumber
  • 2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1 cup plain Greek yogurt
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 2 tablespoons minced fresh dill
  • 2 tablespoons minced fresh mint

Slightly adapted from Nigella Lawson

Directions:

For meatballs:
In a large bowl add ground lamb, crumbled feta cheese, minced shallots, semolina, minced parsley, cumin, allspice, cinnamon, salt and beaten egg.

Using your hands work together the mixture until it's completely combined. Cover and let sit in the refrigerator for at least an hour.

After an hour preheat your oven to 350 degrees and prepare a rimmed baking sheet with a silpat liner or parchment paper.

Roll lamb mixture into 1-1/2 inch sized balls and lay onto prepared baking sheet.

Bake for about 20 minutes until the meatballs are slightly crispy on the outside and no longer pink in the inside.

Serve with tzatziki sauce.

For tzatziki sauce:
Add shredded cucumber to a colander, sprinkle with salt and toss to coat evenly.

Let the cucumber sit (I leave my colander in the sink) for about 30 minutes to help draw some the water out of the cucumber. I like to press the cucumber agains the colander just to get as much water out as possible.

In a medium sized mixing bowl add salted cucumber, Greek yogurt, grated garlic, lemon juice, minced dill and minced mint. Stir together to combine. Keep cold until ready to use.

These 2 bite Greek lamb meatballs are packed full of feta cheese, spices and served with a homemade tzatziki sauce. They are a perfect appetizer or dinner! 

17 Responses to “Grilled Vegetable Gyros”

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    Brenda@SugarFreeMom — May 14, 2014 at 12:53 pm

    Oh that pesto looks amazing and all those veggies packed in there is awesome!

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    Paula - bell'alimento — May 14, 2014 at 12:58 pm

    I’m so happy that it’s grilling season. This looks awesome.

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    foodwanderings — May 14, 2014 at 2:12 pm

    OMG. Insane. You can’t even imagine how hungry you made me right now. You had my at, well every word.

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    sue/the view from great island — May 14, 2014 at 3:04 pm

    This is one of those recipes that, once I see it, I can’t rest until I’ve made it. That sauce!!

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    Meredith in sock monkey slippers — May 14, 2014 at 4:10 pm

    Yea for grilling season!

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    Stephanie @ Back For Seconds — May 14, 2014 at 4:11 pm

    I love all the veggies here! I want this for dinner!

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    Katrina @ Warm Vanilla Sugar — May 14, 2014 at 6:31 pm

    Heading over for the recipe now! These look great!

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    Lana @ Never Enough Thyme — May 14, 2014 at 7:07 pm

    I just love a good gyro! And all those luscious grilled veggies are making me crave this for tonight’s dinner.

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    Rachel Cooks — May 14, 2014 at 8:51 pm

    Loving the pesto on these!

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    Aly ~ Cooking In Stilettos — May 14, 2014 at 9:04 pm

    This looks perfect for a spring/summer dinner – I need to get this recipe ASAP

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    Ginny McMeans — May 14, 2014 at 11:32 pm

    These gyros look so good! Thanks!!!

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    Rose | The Clean Dish — May 15, 2014 at 8:17 am

    I haven’t had a good gyros in so long!
    When I first moved to the US, I didn’t even know what people where talking about as you guys pronounce it differently from what the Greeks I grew up with call it – so funny!

    I love your version of it. It look super healthy and fresh!

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    Melissa from HungryFoodLove.com — May 15, 2014 at 9:42 am

    What a great alternative! the pictures are mouthwatering.

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    Ashley @ Wishes & Dishes — May 15, 2014 at 9:44 am

    Gyros are my favorite!! I am addicted to them. This looks awesome!

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    Colleen (Souffle Bombay) — May 15, 2014 at 9:53 am

    Ok first, these are just about the most gorgeous food photos I have even laid eyes on! Just beautiful…and second I want to gobble one up. These look a-mazing!

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    Angela {Mind Over Batter} — May 15, 2014 at 11:59 am

    YAY FOR GRILLING SEASON! Can you tell I’m totally excited? I’m really digging this grilled veggie gyro – And this pesto?! Holy yum!

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    Joanne — May 17, 2014 at 12:16 pm

    I try to convince the.boy to to be vegetarian in the summer also! and, well, every other day of the year. 😛 these gyros look AWESOME. Totally my kind of sandwich!

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