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!ย 

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!ย 

44 Responses to “Greek Lamb Meatballs”

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    Carolyn — August 25, 2014 at 7:43 am

    I love lamb in meatballs so these are right up my alley. And even though I usually love the writing part of blogging, I have days where my brain just won’t work like that!

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    Christine — August 25, 2014 at 8:11 am

    Haha, your day revolved around good food and drink. I envy you. We just came back from the US two days ago, and I already miss Mexican food.

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    christine — August 25, 2014 at 8:55 am

    Well these are the prettiest meatballs I’ve ever seen!

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    amanda @ fake ginger — August 25, 2014 at 8:59 am

    I had the same issue writing my post for today. I gave up and just talked about my weekend. It’s hard coming up with a new story 5 or 6 times a week!

    These meatballs are gorgeous! When we lived in Alabama, my husband was obsessed with the Greek Fest that happened once a year and, like, once a month he mentions it. I need to make these for him so he’ll shut up.

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    Renee - Kudos Kitchen — August 25, 2014 at 9:20 am

    Thanks for sharing your day. Very interesting and about as riveting as mine.
    Call me crazy, but not every recipe needs a story. Some are just because they’re damn tasty. End of story! These look damn tasty! I’d love to know where you got that plate? Can you please write a story about that? LOL

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    Martha @ A Family Feast — August 25, 2014 at 9:51 am

    Yep – sometimes there just isn’t a story behind a recipe other than it tastes delicious – like these meatballs! I seriously wish I could reach into my computer to eat one!

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    claire @ the realistic nutritionist — August 25, 2014 at 10:24 am

    I’m totally okay with no story. That’s what happened with me today. My pie was good and that’s it! ๐Ÿ™‚

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    Julia — August 25, 2014 at 10:26 am

    I haven’t used lamb in meatballs–I have to try this it looks great!

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    The Food Hunter — August 25, 2014 at 10:40 am

    I want to pop one of these into my mouth right now!!

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    Jordan @ Smile Sandwich — August 25, 2014 at 10:48 am

    I think your life sounds pretty glamorous, indeed! ๐Ÿ™‚ These meatballs look seriously addictive – definitely trying these for my next dinner party. I just happen to have a pound of ground lamb in my freezer.

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    Stephanie @ Back For Seconds — August 25, 2014 at 11:11 am

    With a recipe like this you don’t even need words ๐Ÿ˜‰ Yum!

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    Ashley @ Wishes & Dishes — August 25, 2014 at 12:48 pm

    I had lamb meatballs at a party for the first time recently – LOVED them! These look awesome! Have to try.

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    Angie — August 25, 2014 at 1:20 pm

    These are just about the cutest meatballs ever! Love the spices with the lamb, perfection!

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    Julie @ Willow Bird Baking — August 25, 2014 at 2:16 pm

    These look absolutely amazing!! The perfect dinner!

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    Courtney @ Neighborfood — August 25, 2014 at 2:45 pm

    First of all, these photos are gorgeous. Second of all, I’d like to eat an entire tray of these. I’d make them for a party, but I know they’d never make it to the table!

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    Amanda @The Kitcheneer — August 25, 2014 at 5:34 pm

    Haha your weekend sounds similar to ours! And you can’t beat a good ol’ TV show binge! I have been watching Pretty Little Liars….addictive. But these meatballs look incredible! Perfect appetizer!

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    Tracey | Salty Sweet Life — August 25, 2014 at 6:36 pm

    These meatballs are beyond gorgeous! I am so glad to discover your blog through Tastespotting! Your hatch chiles drew me in, but I’m staying for these meatballs! Beautiful photography!

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    Paula - bell'alimento — August 25, 2014 at 6:50 pm

    Pinned. Such a great appetizer.

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    Samantha — August 25, 2014 at 8:48 pm

    Whoa. I bet these are amazing. and I loooove pretty little liars ! ๐Ÿ˜‰

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    Crystal | Apples & Sparkle — August 26, 2014 at 2:04 am

    Now your life is just the kind of exciting and glamorous I can relate to! ; ) These meatballs sound spectacular. : )

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    Ginny McMeans — August 26, 2014 at 2:07 am

    Yes, writing your post at night while watching TV with your husband. Me too! Your meatballs look great!

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    Michele @ Alwayzbakin — August 26, 2014 at 5:38 am

    Those sound incredible. It’s a Gyro. IN a meatball!!!! LOVE!

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    Candace @ Cabot — August 26, 2014 at 8:31 am

    Gorgeous images of some divine-looking meatballs. And that tzatziki…to die for! I could eat it all by itself!

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    Angela {Mind Over Batter} — August 26, 2014 at 11:34 am

    I loved the old episodes of The Office when Jim and Pam weren’t together. They got boring once they became a couple. I thought they would join prank forces or something. Anything. Boo. Now about these meatballs. LOVING these real hard right now!

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    Meseidy — August 26, 2014 at 1:36 pm

    I love greek anything! These meatballs are great as an appetizer or in a pita! They would be best in my mouth!

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    Angie | Big Bears Wife — August 26, 2014 at 1:36 pm

    I feel the same way when I try to write a story about some recipe on the blog haha. I want to be like “Here, it’s good, just make it”.
    And yes I will be making these meatballs soon!

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    Jessica (Savory Experiments) — August 26, 2014 at 5:27 pm

    A Greek place near my house makes something similar and I’m in love with them. Now I’ll have to try making them at home!

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    Aly ~ Cooking In Stilettos — August 26, 2014 at 6:12 pm

    Weekends, imo, are best for relaxing – and these meatballs look like the perfect bite for one heck of a soiree (or munching on while watching Friends – during the “We’re ON A BREAK” days – love Ross/Rachel!)

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    Nathalie C. | Devoted Foodie — August 27, 2014 at 12:18 am

    Let the pictures do all the talking ๐Ÿ™‚ Beautiful!

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    kellie @ The Suburban Soapbox — August 28, 2014 at 7:55 am

    These look absolutely incredible!

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    Kirsten/ComfortablyDomestic — August 28, 2014 at 1:42 pm

    Man, you share a recipe like this one and you can talk about anything that you want. I’ll read it. I’ll drool over the recipe. Done.

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    Joanne — August 30, 2014 at 9:17 am

    These make me almost miss eating lamb. Which says a LOT! ๐Ÿ˜› Also, I loved hearing about your day. And now I really want to watch old episodes of The Office!

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    Winnie Abramson — September 3, 2014 at 9:38 pm

    I made these for dinner tonight…SO good! xoxo

    • nutmegnanny replied: — September 3rd, 2014 @ 9:50 pm

      Gah! I’m so happy you gave them a try ๐Ÿ™‚ Miss you!

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    Thalia @ butter and brioche — September 3, 2014 at 10:25 pm

    How delicious do these lamb meatballs look! Loving your presentation & photography.. pinned!

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    CakeSpy — September 8, 2014 at 2:22 pm

    I occasionally require savories to build up an appetite for dessert. This looks like the perfect way to pre-funk before dessert. ๐Ÿ™‚

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    Sue Shearer — June 13, 2016 at 2:35 pm

    Unfortunately, a pound of ground lamb is $10.00/lb. where I live, so I may try with ground beef. I do love the idea of serving them like lollipops. I also love to make cevapcicis on the grill. Another tasty treat and little grilled cigars. Search the word for recipes.

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