Toasted Sesame Seed-Crusted Lamb Meatballs with Sweet Harissa Yogurt Sauce

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.

Serves: 12
Serving Size: 3 meatballs
30 mins Prep time 15 mins Cook time
30 mins Prep time
15 mins Cook time
  • 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

Cooking tip

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.

Nutrition information

(Amount per serving)

  • 175Calories: 175Cholesterol: 44mg
  • Sodium: 217mgProtein: 11g
  • Total Fat: 11gFiber: 2g
  • Carbohydrate: 8g