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Spicy Lamb Meatballs with Raisin Pesto

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Ingredients

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1 Large egg
0.5 cup Panko or Japanese breadcrumbs
0.5 tsp Cumin ground
0.25 tsp Crushed red pepper flakes
0.25 tsp Ground turmeric
0.25 cup Finely chopped parsley
1 cup Parsley leaves with tender stems
2 Tbsp Olive Oil
0.5 cup Extra-virgin olive oil
1.5 tsp. Salt or more, to taste
2 Garlic cloves
470 grams Lamb
2 cups Mint leaves
3 Tbsp Golden raisins
1 cup Plain whole-milk Greek yogurt (for serving)

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Spicy Lamb Meatballs with Raisin Pesto

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    • Serves 4
    • Medium

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    Loving meatballs has never been this rewarding. They’re gilded with lots of strong spices and set in a cooling swoosh of yogurt and anointed with the sweet brightness of a mint pesto. Sound fancy? Not really. We use ground lamb, which is naturally fatty and can be baked without sacrificing juiciness or a charred crust.

    Steps

    1
    Done

    Place a rack in upper third of oven; preheat to 425°F. Combine egg, panko, cumin, red pepper flakes, turmeric, finely chopped parsley, 2 Tbsp. oil, and 1 1/2 tsp. salt in a large bowl.

    2
    Done

    Finely grate 1 garlic clove into bowl. Add lamb and mix with your hands until evenly distributed.

    3
    Done

    Gently roll lamb mixture into 1 1/2"-diameter balls (about the size of a golf ball; you should have about 20). Place on a rimmed baking sheet, spacing evenly apart. Bake meatballs until browned and cooked through, 8–10 minutes.

    4
    Done

    Meanwhile, purée mint, raisins, parsley leaves with tender stems, remaining garlic clove, remaining 1/2 cup oil, and a big pinch of salt in a blender until smooth. Taste pesto; season with more salt if needed.

    5
    Done

    Spread yogurt over plates and divide pesto and meatballs on top.

    6
    Done

    Notes

    Pesto can be made 2 days ahead; cover and chill. Meatballs can be formed 2 months ahead; freeze on baking sheet until firm, about 2 hours, then transfer to a freezer bag and keep frozen.

    John [Admin/Founder]

    Founder of makan-makan.club, makanan.club

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