Easy Middle Eastern Meatballs

Easy Middle Eastern Meatballs

A meatball is a great versatile thing that can be everything from a main course to an appetizer. My Middle Eastern meatballs are very flavorful and everyone loves the complex spice mix. The Middle Eastern spice blend may seem like a lot of stuff, but I normally make a triple batch of it and keep it in its own jar to use whenever so I don’t have to make it every time. The recipe for the spice blend came from someone else, I think the New York Times but I have made adjustments and can’t find the original that I was working from.

There are three ways I like to serve my easy Middle Eastern meatballs.  The simplest is as an appetizer I serve just the yogurt sauce and the meatballs on a tray and let everyone enjoy. For a quick meal on the run pop the meatballs into a pita or wrap with mixed greens, cucumber yogurt sauce, and some veggies (hummus is a great stand in for the yogurt sauce if you rather). If you have the time and want a lovely meal make something like a salad platter you might get at a Mediterranean restaurant with lightly dressed greens, tomato, pita, cucumber yogurt sauce and pickled onions (like in these photos).

I generally make beef meatballs but you can use just about any ground meat: turkey, lamb or even chicken in your Middle Eastern Meatballs. This is a very forgiving recipe and the sides are what I like, if you don’t like my cucumber yogurt sauce, than make a sour cream based sauce or hummus. I like arugula dressed with lemon and olive oil but use the greens you like and have in the house. Same goes for the pickled onions they are optional, so if you hate onions skip them! If you are concerned about the taste of this or any meatball recipe I highly recommend that you make a small sample one and pop it in the microwave just to cook through so you can try it before you make and cook all your meatballs. A test meatball lets you adjust spices and salt before you cook a pound of under flavored ground meat that you can’t fix.

Easy Middle Eastern Meatballs

Ingredients

  • 1 lbs ground beef or other ground meat
  • ½ onion grated
  • 1 Tbs coriander
  • 1 Tbs cumin
  • 1 Tbs dry garlic
  • 1 tsp curry
  • 1 tsp oregano
  • 1 tsp thyme
  • ¾ tsp ground mustard
  • ¾ tsp paprika
  • ½ tsp allspice
  • ½ tsp cinnamon
  • 1 cup plain Greek yogurt
  • 1 small onion sliced
  • 2 tbs fresh parsley
Read the whole recipe on Cook Better Than Most Restaurants