Herby Spiced Meatballs with Pinenuts & Golden Raisins

by Dale Gray @thedaleyplate

Prep time: 15 minutes

Cook time: 15 minutes

Serves: 4

Ingredients

  • Meatballs:
  • 1 lb 80/20 ground beef and pork blend
  • 1 extra large egg
  • 1/2 cup breadcrumbs or pork panko for low carb eaters (I like @baconsheir)
  • 1/4 cup chopped fresh parsley
  • 1/2 yellow onion, grated (My moms trick, gives the meatballs flavor but makes the onions undetectable visually - mostly for picky eaters)
  • 4 cloves garlic, very finely minced or made into a paste
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 tablespoon Spice Tribe Marrakesh Sitar Blend
  • My Feta Sauce:
  • 4 oz feta
  • 1/2 cup plain yogurt
  • minced clove of garlic
  • zest and juice of a small lemon
  • 2 tbsp fresh herbs (dill, parsley, chives, oregano are all good)
  • Onions:
  • The other half of the onion sliced thinly, 1/4 red onion sliced thinly
  • 1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar
  • 1/2 tablespoon sugar (or monk fruit sweetener for low carb eaters)
  • To Serve:
  • Pita or flatbread of your choice
  • fresh herbs
  • grated carrots
  • chopped golden raisins
  • toasted pine nuts

Steps

  1. Meatballs:
  1. Gently combine meatball ingredients in a bowl and use clean hands to roll into 1 oz balls.
  2. Place on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper, roast or broil for 12-15 minutes until golden and cooked through.
  3. You could also do this in a skillet, flipping with a fork halfway through to ensure both sides are golden.
  4. Feta Sauce:
  1. Combine all ingredients in a food processor and blend until smooth.
  2. Place in a small bowl for dipping, or drizzle over the top.
  3. Onions:
  1. Toss all ingredients together and stir with a fork until the sugar dissolves.
  2. Serve on the side as a garnish with your pita
  3. To Serve:
  1. Sprinkle herbs, raisins and pinenuts on a plate.
  2. Place meatballs on top.
  3. Serve with marinated onions, warm pita and feta sauce.

Things to remember

  • Cook one meatball in a skillet first to ensure you’re happy with the seasonings, if not you can adjust and then cook the rest.