Lamb meatballs, also known as kaftas, are a Moroccan specialty. The accompanying yogurt sauce is seasoned with harissa, a vibrant seasoning paste of dried chiles, garlic and spices.
For the Yogurt Sauce, mix all ingredients in small bowl until well blended. Cover. Refrigerate until ready to serve
For the Meatballs, preheat oven to 400°F. Mix lamb, onion, bread crumbs, egg and seasonings in large bowl. Shape into 36 (1-inch) meatballs. Roll in sesame seed to coat evenly. Place on foil-lined shallow baking pan
Bake 15 minutes or until lightly browned and cooked through. Drain on paper towels. Serve with Yogurt Sauce
Test Kitchen Tips:
•Prepare as directed, substituting ground turkey for the ground lamb.
•Harissa paste is available in the international aisle of some supermarkets, online specialty stores, or Middle Eastern markets.
• If McCormick Gourmet™ Toasted Sesame Seed is unavailable, use McCormick Gourmet™ Sesame Seed. Toast in a small skillet on medium heat 2 minutes or until fragrant and golden brown. Immediately pour out of hot pan to avoid over-toasting.
This recipe was created by Cat Cora, Bon Appétit Executive Chef.