Thursday, November 3, 2011

Spinach and lamb meatballs

Spinach and lamb meatballs.
I am heading off for the Foodbuzz festival tomorrow so I knew that I needed to use up the rest of the lamb before I left.

I wanted spicy and hearty meatballs with a good dose of greens.

And these meatballs pack some heat since I added some Frank's hot sauce.

The meatballs were about 2" in diameter so they could easily be eaten as an appetizer for cocktail parties.

These really came out great - I used yogurt instead of an egg for the binder and it did a great job of mellowing out the lamb without sacrificing flavor.

I was excited to try the San Marzano spaghetti sauce I picked up at Whole Foods the other day. I also made a simple sauce of yogurt and dried parsley.

Mmmm, San Marzano tomatoes...

Which dipping sauce did I like better?

Yogurt sauce.

Tomato sauce.
I think if I was serving them as an appetizer I would use the yogurt dipping sauce.

But I do have to say the San Marzano sauce was incredible! So I boiled up some pasta...

The meatballs turned out tender and full of flavor and with a wonderful spiciness which I loved.

If you are attending the conference please make sure to come over and say Hi! I will be the one with the strawberry blonde hair and a confused look on my face:-)

Spinach and lamb meatballs

Serves 1 - 2


1 cup of ground lamb
1/2 cup of fresh spinach chopped fine
1/2 cup of Parmesan, grated
1 pinch of basil
1 pinch of oregano
1 clove of garlic, grated or minced
2 Tbsp of yogurt
1 Tbsp of bread crumbs
salt and pepper to taste
Frank's Hot Sauce to taste (I used about 5 shakes)


Preheat your oven to 400 degrees.

Mix all of the ingredients together and form into 2" diameter balls. Place the meatballs on a greased baking sheet. Cook for about 15 minutes making sure to turn them once during the baking (at about 7 minutes).

Take them out of the oven and allow them to cool.

Serve as an appetizer with your favorite dipping sauce or add the meatballs to your favorite marinara sauce and serve over pasta.



  1. I love the look of these meatballs and the seasonings are just wonderful.

  2. These look luscious! Where did you get those bowls? They are super-cute.

  3. @Cucina49

    The little bowls with the blue design I picked up at Target:-)

  4. Lamb meatballs-yum! You just had to do those close ups, didn't you. I wish at least one of those forkfuls was headed for my mouth.
    Lucky you-going to the conference. That will be lots of fun meeting all those people! Until next time my friend-have a great day

  5. It was great meeting you at the festival. What a beautiful blog. Looking forward to reading your posts.