I found this recipe in the weekend edition of the Wall St. Journal as good “noshing” food for New Year’s and had to give it a try, with a few minor changes.
Meatballs can also be cooked ahead, refrigerated and reheated in the microwave on high for 2 minutes.
- 1 tablespoon olive oil
- 1 clove garlic, minced
- 1 jalapeño, seeded and minced
- 1 large shallot, minced
- 1 pound ground lamb
- 4 ounces salt pork or bacon, ground or finely minced
- Zest of 1 orange
- 2 tablespoons chopped mint
- Freshly ground black pepper
- Greek yogurt for dipping
1 Soften shallots, jalapeño, garlic: Heat a small pan over medium heat and add oil, minced garlic, jalapeño and shallot, and cook for 1 minute, then let cool.
2 Make meatball mixture: Meanwhile, crumble lamb into a large bowl. Evenly scatter the salt pork (or bacon), orange zest and mint over lamb, and season with pepper. Sprinkle the cooled garlic mixture over lamb.
3 Form meatballs: Gently mix until just combined, then form into 1¼-inch balls and transfer to a plate or sheet pan.
4 Brown meatballs on all sides: Heat a large cast iron pan over medium to medium high heat. Working in batches if necessary to prevent crowding, brown meatballs on all sides until cooked through, 8 to 10 minutes.
Serve warm with toothpicks or skewers with plain yogurt.