First, I have to give credit where credit is due. Primal Blueprint Quick & Easy Meals is probably my go-to cookbook when I'm feeling uninspired or am lacking on ideas for food prep. It truly is quick and easy, and every single recipe I've made has been a winner.
When I was at the store last week I picked up some ground lamb on sale (yes, cheap meat!) and set out to make the lamb meatballs that can be found on page 179 of the cookbook. I was lacking an item or two (pine nuts and something else) so I decided to improvise a bit and make a few additions/substitutions. My recipe is below.
- 1 1/4 pound ground lam
- 1 egg
- 1 tablespoon dried parsley
- 1 teaspoon minced garlic
- 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
- 1/4 teaspoon allspice
- 1/2 teaspoon cumin
- 1/2 teaspoon paprika
- 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
- 1/2 teaspoon chili powder
- 2 tablespoons grated romano cheese (parmesan would work fine if you have that)
Combine all of the ingredients in a bowl and mix until combined. Using a cookie dough scoop, or whatever you have (my scoop is a little over a tablespoon, I think), form meatballs.
In a large skillet over medium heat, melt1 tablespoon of your choice of fat/oil (I used some bacon grease, man that is one of my favorite smells ;) Add the meatballs and cook for 2 minutes, then flip and cook for another 2 minutes. Cover and turn heat to medium low for 10-12 minutes or until the meat is no longer pink in the middle.
The result? Tasty! They were a little heavy on the cumin, even with the extra meat (the original recipe calls for 1 pound of ground lamb, but my package was a little over so I used it all), and I got 18 meatballs instead of the dozen that the original recipe called for. These will make a great emergency protein snack.