Little Lamb Meatballs in a Spicy Eggplant Tomato Sauce

Little Lamb Meatballs in a Spicy Eggplant Tomato Sauce

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Chef John 15505

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

Ingredients 1 h 55 m {{adjustedServings}} servings 426 cals

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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:
  • 132 mg
  • 44%
  • 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.
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Footnotes

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  • Add more stock or water to sauce if it appears to be getting dry while simmering.
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RobBroad4th
4/29/2012

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 for this recipe on Foodwishes.com which really helped me through it. I couldn't find any coriander so I minced some cilantro for the meatballs. It is a bit time consuming but WELL WORTH IT.

Carla
6/5/2012

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 even though I had both. Everyone in my family liked this one, even the kids who don't like eggplants, and even asked for it for lunch the next day. I thought it would take longer to make than it actually did, but to speed up the process for next time, I'll make the meatballs ahead of time and put them in the freezer for a quick meal. Thank you for sharing this recipe.

traceyposner
9/30/2012

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 trying to get this thing done and on the table! He can hardly wait! I decided to take a bite of one of the meatballs and OMG! I am transported back to the time I lived in Turkey. I am THRILLED because THIS captures the taste of our Adana kebab that I loved so much! I have said this before and I'll say it again...Chef John is THE MAN!! Well done, Sir!