Recipe: Lamb meatballs with feta, olives & tomato dip

By , 17 November 2018

Lamb Meatball Recipe

Perfect for casual entertaining.

Lamb meatball recipe ingredients

For the lamb meatballs

  • 500g lamb mince
  • 1½ rounds feta, crumbled
  • 15g parsley, finely chopped
  • 15g mint, finely chopped
  • 4 spring onions, finely chopped
  • 8 black olives, roughly chopped
  • 2 garlic cloves, crushed
  • ½ tsp (5ml) cumin
  • zest of 1 lemon
  • salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 2 tbsp (30ml) olive oil

For the tomato dip

  • 8 tomatoes, peeled, deseeded and roughly chopped
  • 1 onion, finely chopped
  • 1 tbsp (15ml) olive oil
  • 1 tbsp (15ml) brown sugar
  • 1 tbsp (15ml) minced ginger
  • salt and freshly ground black pepper

Cooking method

  1. Heat the olive oil in a heavy saucepan and fry the onion for about seven minutes or until soft. Add the tomatoes, sugar and ginger and simmer for about 30 minutes or until the sauce has reduced. Season and set side.
  2. Mix the lamb, feta, parsley, mint, spring onions, olives, garlic, cumin and lemon zest together and season. Roll tablespoons of the mince into little balls and chill for at least an hour to allow the flavours to develop and the mixture to firm up. Heat the olive oil and sauté the meatballs for about 8 minutes or until cooked.
  3. Serve on a platter alongside the tomato dipping sauce.

Wine pairing

This is an appetizer you can afford to serve with a red wine – think of something that is fruity and not too tannic which can be served slightly chilled like Cinsault or new-wave Pinotage.


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