Greek Meatballs with Herbs and Garlic Yogurt Sauce Recipe

This Greek Meatballs with Herbs and Garlic Yogurt Sauce recipe is an easy, inexpensive recipe that is perfect for doubling or even tripling for a weeknight crowd. It’s also comforting and full of flavor! Want to save yourself even more time? Make the meatballs ahead of time and freeze them —then reheat as many as you need for the meal.

Greek Meatballs with Herbs and Garlic Yogurt Sauce Recipe:

Makes: 4 servings

Total Time: 30 minutes


2 tablespoons olive oil

1 lb. ground lamb, beef or chicken

1 yellow onion, grated

¼ cup breadcrumbs

1 egg

2 cloves garlic, minced

zest of 1 lemon

½ cup fresh parsley, chopped

2 teaspoons cumin

1 teaspoon dried oregano

¼ teaspoon cayenne pepper

kosher salt and pepper

mint, chopped for serving

cilantro, chopped for serving

parsley, chopped for serving

cooked orzo or couscous for serving

garlic yogurt sauce1

garlic clove, chopped

½ teaspoon kosher salt

1 cup plain yogurt

1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice

Preheat oven to 425°F. Add 2 tablespoons olive oil to a deep cast iron pan. Place in oven while

Add the meat, onion, breadcrumbs, egg, garlic, lemon zest, parsley, cumin, oregano, cayenne
and a pinch of salt and pepper to a large bowl. Using either your hands coated in a bit of olive
oil or a melon baller, roll the meat into 2 tablespoon size balls.

Remove the cast iron pan from the oven and drop in the meatballs. Transfer back to the oven
and bake for 15-20 minutes or until the meatballs are crisp and cooked through.

Meanwhile, combine garlic, salt, yogurt and lemon juice. Taste and adjust seasoning as desired.
Refrigerate until ready to use.

To serve, garnish meatballs with yogurt and chopped herbs with a side of couscous or orzo.

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