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Lamb Meatballs Recipe
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Lamb Meatballs

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"This is a great alternative to regular meatballs. I have served these many times at cocktail parties, and they have always been a hit! The sauce adds a nice touch, but I have also served them with Greek marinade and plain."

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Original recipe makes 24 servings Change Servings
  • PREP

    25 mins
  • COOK

    20 mins

    1 hr 45 mins


  1. Melt the 1 tablespoon butter in a skillet over medium heat. Cook and stir the shallots in the skillet until tender. Transfer to a large bowl.
  2. Mix lamb, bread crumbs, parsley, egg, and lemon zest into the bowl with the shallots. Season with marjoram, salt, and pepper. Let stand 1 hour in the refrigerator.
  3. Melt 1/2 cup butter and heat olive oil in a skillet over medium-high heat. Form the lamb mixture into small meatballs, and cook in the skillet in batches until evenly brown. Do not drain skillet. Drain meatballs on paper towels, and place in a serving dish.
  4. Mix tomato sauce, wine, garlic, and cinnamon into the skillet. Cook and stir until well blended and heated through. Drizzle over the meatballs in the dish. Serve with toothpicks.
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Most Helpful Positive Review
Feb 21, 2006

Very good and easy. I added a little salt at the end. Also, I didn't have lemon zest so I used a bit of lemon juice...worked out fine. We actually had this for dinner, not cocktails!! Husband really liked it.

Most Helpful Critical Review
Oct 17, 2007

I wanted to serve this with rice as a meal, so I scaled the meatballs down to 6 servings but made the sauce as written. The meatballs were really quite bland, and the wine in the sauce was absolutely overpowering. I ended up adding about half a can of tomato sauce, and even then it wasn't especially good. I won't be making this again. Thanks anyway.

Jun 21, 2007

I was inspired to make lamb meatballs after watching Harold on Top Chef make some nice spicy lamb sicilian style meatballs. I wanted to make something not so spicy, though, and I found this excellent recipe. Thank you for beating my meatball doldrums!

Feb 02, 2011

OMG very good recipe it cost much more than ground turkey or beef but its worth every dollar. I added more tomato sauce and 1/3 cup of lemon juice instead of zest and put a lil bit of lemon juice in the sauce as well. Ummmm (Home Simpson voice) it was soo good.

Nov 05, 2008

these were ok...

May 03, 2011

These are very tasty! A nice unique dish. I definitely recommend as an appetizer, rather than a meal, because the taste is intense.

Mar 17, 2013

It was fantastic. My 15 year old son had second helpings. I made it with wild rice and tomato sauce on the side. I used less butter.

May 20, 2012

Lamb has a different taste than beef, so this was a nice change of pace. Good ratio of meat to bread crumbs, too - thanks for getting that right Kathy. Next time I will make MUCH more sauce. I made two batches this time, and preferred the sauce made with white wine. The only drawback to this recipe is that ground lamb was expensive ($13 /lb), and was a bit hard to find. Had to go to a butcher in town because the grocery store only sold lamb chops.


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  • Calories
  • 136 kcal
  • 7%
  • Carbohydrates
  • 3.1 g
  • < 1%
  • Cholesterol
  • 45 mg
  • 15%
  • Fat
  • 10.3 g
  • 16%
  • Fiber
  • 0.2 g
  • < 1%
  • Protein
  • 7.2 g
  • 14%
  • Sodium
  • 145 mg
  • 6%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.

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