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Lamb Meatball Tartines with Onion Jam

Prep Time:
30 mins
Cook Time:
45 mins.


  • 1 1/4 pounds ground American Lamb
  • 1/2 cup finely chopped onion
  • 1/2 cup bread crumbs
  • 2 teaspoons kosher salt
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons finely chopped lemon zest
  • 3/4 teaspoon finely minced garlic
  • 1/4 teaspoon dark chili powder
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground coriander
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground allspice
  • 2 tablespoons finely chopped flat leaf parsley
  • 2 tablespoons currants, plumped in warm water and drained
  • 2 tablespoons toasted pine nuts
  • 1 tablespoon finely chopped fresh mint
  • Canola oil, as needed
Onion Jam
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 3 cups finely chopped red onion (about 2 large)
  • 1 tablespoon granulated sugar
  • 1 cinnamon stick, 1-inch long
  • 1/2 bay leaf
  • 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons red wine vinegar
  • 20 slices rustic bread
  • 4 ounces goat cheese
  • 1/2 cup arugula
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons lightly toasted pine nuts
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons olive oil


  1. In a bowl, add lamb, onion and bread crumbs. Sprinkle salt, lemon zest, garlic, chili powder, cinnamon, coriander and allspice; combine. Add parsley, currants, pine nuts and mint; combine. Cover bowl with plastic wrap; refrigerate 30 minutes.
  2. Line a baking sheet with plastic wrap. Scoop out 1-ounce portions of the lamb mixture, about the size of a golf ball. Roll the mixture to form a ball; place on lined baking sheet. Use cold water to dampen your hands if mixture begins to stick.
  3. In a frying pan, heat about ½ inch of oil. Line a baking sheet with paper towels. When oil is hot, fry meatballs in batches without overcrowding the pan; cook 2 to 3 minutes per side or until golden brown all over. Place on paper towel-lined baking sheet. Keep warm.
  4. To prepare onion jam, in a large sauté pan over medium heat, warm oil. Add onions; cook until they begin to sweat. Add sugar, cinnamon stick, bay leaf, salt and pepper; cover and cook for approximately 30 minutes or until onion is soft but liquid remains in the pan.
  5. Remove lid and add vinegar; continue to cook until just barely moist. Remove cinnamon stick and bay leaf; discard. Set jam aside to cool.
  6. To assemble tartines, spread a scant tablespoon of onion jam on each piece of bread; place a small spoonful of goat cheese in the center. Put bread slices on a baking sheet and toast in oven until cheese is soft and melty and bread is lightly toasted, about 3 minutes. Remove from oven.
  7. Toss arugula with nuts and oil. Arrange toasted bread pieces on a platter or individual plates. Top each tartine with a warm meatball; garnish with arugula salad. Serve immediately.

Source: American Lamb Board