Little Lamb Meatballs in a Spicy Eggplant Tomato Sauce

Little Lamb Meatballs in a Spicy Eggplant Tomato Sauce

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Chef John 19708

"I love lamb, and once in a while I enjoy it in small, spherical portions."

Ingredients

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Nutrition

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  • Calories:
  • 426 kcal
  • 21%
  • Fat:
  • 26.6 g
  • 41%
  • Carbs:
  • 21.9g
  • 7%
  • Protein:
  • 25.3 g
  • 51%
  • Cholesterol:
  • 125 mg
  • 42%
  • Sodium:
  • 1605 mg
  • 64%

Based on a 2,000 calorie diet

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  1. Preheat the oven to 450 degrees F (230 degrees C).
  2. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper or silicone baking mats.
  3. Combine eggplant, olive oil, salt and black pepper in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Cook and stir until eggplant begins to soften, about 5 minutes.
  4. Mix in minced onion and red pepper flakes. Reduce heat to medium; cook and stir until onion softens, 4 minutes.
  5. Stir in chicken broth and marinara sauce. Reduce heat to medium-low and simmer until sauce mixture has reduced by half, about 30 minutes.
  6. Whisk bread crumbs, egg, and Greek yogurt in a large bowl until the bread crumbs absorb all the liquid, about 3 minutes.
  7. Mix onions, garlic, Kosher salt, black pepper, cumin, cinnamon, and coriander into the bread crumb mixture.
  8. Crumble lamb into bread crumb spice mixture; stir in cayenne pepper.
  9. Form lamb mixture into small meatballs and transfer to prepared baking sheet. Place baking sheet into the preheated oven and bake until browned, but still pink inside, about 10 minutes.
  10. Remove meatballs from the oven and stir into simmering sauce. Simmer over low heat until sauce begins to thicken, 30 to 45 minutes.
  11. Garnish with chopped fresh mint.

Footnotes

  • Cook's Note:
  • Add more stock or water to sauce if it appears to be getting dry while simmering.
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This just became my favorite recipe on the site. I'm a new cook and a big fan of Chef John's recipes. If you're looking for something different, this is truly outstanding. Check out his video fo...

I never use a recipe when it has only 1 review, but I had ground lamb and some eggplants and 2 hungry boys. So I gave it a shot. I have to say that I forgot to add the yogurt, and the garlic ev...

I am in the last stages of making this dish and my husband is going CRAZY! The smell that is filling our house is incredible! He's been over here sneeking bites and "hangin' around" while I am...