These meatballs are tender and delicious – the sauce is rich and that mint sauce is a perfect taste to brighten it all up. If you aren’t a big fan of lamb, then use minced pork.
You could buy lamb merguez sausage to make these meatballs, but if that isn’t available to you, this is an easy fix and tastes amazing.
1 pound lean ground lamb
1 tsp salt
1/4 tsp fennel seeds
1 tsp ground cumin
1/2 tsp cinnamon
1/2 tsp ground coriander
1/4 tsp turmeric
3 cloves minced garlic
2 tbsp harissa
1 tbsp tomato sauce
Grind salt and fennel together until smooth, then add the rest of the spices and stir together. Add in garlic, harissa and tomato sauce to make a paste. Lightly toss paste with ground lamb, until well blended.
For the best flavour, allow to sit over night but they are great if made into meatballs right away too.
Form balls about 1″ in diameter. Heat oil until shimmering, then cook meatballs until just crispy on the outside and
Meanwhile ….. on roasting pan in moderate oven (375) toss in olive oil:
3 tomatoes, chopped
1 onion, chopped
3 garlic cloves
1/2 cup black olives
Roast until vegetables are tender, and blend with enough olive oil to make a smooth sauce. Season to taste with salt and pepper.
Toss meatballs with tomato sauce and serve with mint sauce.
Blend fresh mint leaves with a drizzle of honey, freshly squeezed lemon and olive oil just until smooth – season to taste with salt.