Ah, meatballs—those savory spheres of gastronomic goodness. But sometimes, a subtle change of pace is nice. With a slight deviation in your typical butcher-counter encounter, you could easily trade out the ground beef for something a little more exotic. Ground lamb offers just enough personality to wake up a plate without overpowering your palate. More after the jump: Construct your delicious lamb meatballs like you would a classic meatball. You can even use a bit of milk on your hands to help keep the meat moist (for more on this particular technique, check out the classic meatball recipe on my website).
I’ve selected a rich starch to compliment the delicious lamb meatballs—polenta: a ground cornmeal dish that can be served in a variety of ways. Today, I’m going for a loose consistency, sort of a coarse, mashed potato texture. Because the polenta is an ideal “blank canvas” for flavor infusion, try out your own ingredients to give a personal touch (feta cheese and chopped Kalamata olives, come to mind; or maybe something sweet, like raisins or dates).
So, next time you’re standing in front of the curved glass at the meat counter, bypass the familiar bank of ground beef and seek out the ground lamb and make this Delicious Lamb Meatballs With Sun-Dried Tomato Polenta. Don’t be sheepish—give it a shot.
Delicious Lamb Meatballs With Sun-Dried Tomato Polenta
- 1 pound ground lamb (minced lamb)
- 2 medium egg
- 1 ½ teaspoons garam masala
- 2 cloves garlic - small chop
- ¼ cup Parmesan cheese
- 1 pinch kosher salt - To taste
- 1 pinch ground black pepper - To taste
- 2 cups milk
- 2 tablespoons sun-dried tomatoes
- 1 tablespoon unsalted butter
- Combine lamb, eggs, garam masala, garlic, parmesan, salt and pepper. Using a bit of milk on your fingers, roll ground meat into 2-inch balls. Meanwhile, heat a wide sauté pan over medium-high heat. When the balls are complete, add a touch of oil to the pan; add lamb balls. Sear until meat is browned on all sides. Lower heat, cover and allow to cook through (about 15 minutes).
- In a medium-sized saucepan, combine milk and sun-dried tomatoes. Bring to a gentle simmer. Pour in dry polenta, and whisk until smooth (you may want to add just a little extra milk to loosen the polenta). Add butter at the very end. Season with salt and pepper, and serve with lamb meatballs and vegetables of choice.