Spiced Lamb Meatballs with Barberries & Mint Yogurt

Barberries - a small, dried, tart  fruit - add a sweet and sour twist to this Eastern Mediterranean take on the traditional Italian meatball. A spice blend including mint, along with the use of ground lamb and a Greek yogurt garnish elevate the dish to a brand new level of globally-inspired flavor.

Serves: 10
Serving Size: 2 meatballs
25 mins Prep time 30 mins Cook time
25 mins Prep time
30 mins Cook time
  • Mix yogurt and mint in small bowl. Cover. Refrigerate until ready to serve.

  • Heat oil in large skillet on medium heat. Add onion, 2 tablespoons of the barberries, garlic powder, allspice, cumin, paprika, sea salt and pepper; cook and stir until onions and barberries are tender, about 5 minutes. Set aside to cool.

  • Mix lamb, egg, panko and cooled onion mixture in large bowl. Shape into 20 (1 1/2-inch) meatballs.

  • Brown meatballs, in batches if necessary, in same large skillet on medium heat. Remove meatballs from skillet. Add shallots; cook and stir on medium heat until golden brown. Stir in remaining ingredients and another 1 tablespoon of the barberries. Bring to boil. Return meatballs to skillet. Reduce heat and simmer until meatballs are cooked through and sauce is slightly thickened, about 10 minutes.

  • Serve meatballs and sauce topped with the mint yogurt and remaining 1 tablespoon barberries.

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Nutrition information

(Amount per serving)

  • 190Calories: 190Cholesterol: 50mg
  • Sodium: 338mgProtein: 11g
  • Total Fat: 10gSaturated Fat: 3g
  • Fiber: 2gCarbohydrate: 14g