1¾ pounds ground American Lamb
2 tablespoons vegetable oil
11/2 cups sweet onions, finely minced
2 tablespoons minced garlic
4 tablespoons Moroccan Spice Blend, divided (recipe follows)
½ cup dry bread crumbs
2 large eggs, beaten
2 teaspoons kosher salt
1 tablespoon orange zest
½ cup soy sauce
3 tablespoons honey
2-3 tablespoons chopped cilantro
1 tablespoon Sriracha sauce
Shredded lettuce or scallion greens for garnish
2 cups Spicy Yogurt Dipping Sauce (recipe follows)
Moroccan Spice Blend (makes ¼ cup)
2 tablespoons ground cumin
1 tablespoon ground coriander
1 tablespoon smoked paprika
1½ teaspoons ground cinnamon
1½ teaspoons ground black pepper
¼ teaspoon ground red pepper
Spicy Yogurt Dipping Sauce (makes 2 cups)
½ cup mayonnaise
¼ cup chopped chives
¼ cup chopped parsley
1 tablespoon mashed roasted garlic
1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
1 cup plain Greek low-fat yogurt
2 tablespoons white wine vinegar
Kosher salt and ground black pepper to taste
- For Moroccan Spice Blend, in a dry skillet, add cumin, coriander, paprika, cinnamon, black pepper, and red pepper. Cook over a low heat for several minutes until mixture begins to lightly smoke. Remove from heat; cool. Place in a covered container; hold until ready to use.
- For Herbed Yogurt Dipping Sauce, in a small food processor, pulse together mayonnaise, chives, parsley, garlic, and mustard until fairly smooth. Place in a bowl; whisk in yogurt, vinegar, salt and pepper. Cover; refrigerate.
- In a skillet, heat oil over medium-high heat; add onions and sauté 3 to 4 minutes until onions are golden brown. Stir in garlic; continue to cook 1 minute. Mix in 3 tablespoons Moroccan Spice Blend; continue to cook another 1 minute. Remove from heat; cool to room temperature.
- In a bowl, mix cooled onion mixture with bread crumbs, eggs, salt and orange zest. Mix in lamb; gently toss to incorporate well. Form into 36 1-ounce meatballs (a heaping 1 tablespoon). Evenly spread onto a parchment-covered baking sheet.
- Bake at 325°F for 30 minutes, turning at least once, or until meatballs are cooked through; remove from heat.
- To serve, in a saucepan, heat soy sauce, honey, cilantro, Sriracha and 1 tablespoon Moroccan Spice Blend; bring to a simmer. Add cooked meatballs; simmer, stirring gently until coated. Keep warm. Serve hot accompanied by Herbed Yogurt Dipping Sauce, if desired.
Photo & Recipe: American Lamb Board