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Keto Moroccan Lamb Meatballs with Yogurt-Herb Dip

Juicy, meaty, and exotically spiced, these plump little bites are guaranteed crowd-pleasers. They come together in a snap and cook up quickly, too. 
Serves 8 Serving: 3 Meatballs

Ingredients List

  • 1 lb ground lamb
  • 1/3 cup almond flour
  • 1/2 cup Parmesan cheese
  • 1/4 cup heavy cream
  • 1 large egg, lightly beaten
  • 1 tsp ground cumin
  • 3/4 tsp ground coriander
  • 1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp cayenne pepper
  • 1 Tbsp finely minced shallot
  • 2 cloves garlic cloves, minced or pressed, divided
  • 6 Tbsp finely chopped fresh herbs, i.e. parsley, mint, dill, cilantro, or a mix of all, divided
  • sea salt and freshly ground pepper
  • 3 Tbsp olive oil, divided
  • 1 cup full-fat plain yogurt
  • juice of 1/2 lemon

Instructions

  • Preheat the oven to 400°F (200°C). Line a rimmed baking sheet with parchment paper.
  • In a large mixing bowl, combine the ground lamb, almond flour, Parmesan cheese, cream, egg, cumin, coriander, cinnamon, cayenne pepper, shallot, 1/2 of the minced garlic, 3 tablespoons of the herbs, 1-1/2 teaspoons salt, and 3/4 teaspoon pepper. With clean hands, mix everything together until well combined, without overworking the mixture. 
  • Lightly grease your hands with olive oil, then form 24 (2 tablespoon-size) meatballs, re-oiling hands as needed (a total of 1 tablespoon olive oil for all the meatballs). Place the meatballs about 1 inch apart on the prepared baking sheet. 
  • Bake the meatballs until lightly browned, turning once halfway through cooking, about 20 minutes total. 
  • Meanwhile, make the yogurt dipping sauce: in a small bowl, add the yogurt and lemon juice along with the remaining 1/2 of the minced garlic, the remaining 3 tablespoons of herbs, and the remaining 2 tablespoons olive oil. Mix well to combine, then season moderately with salt. Place the sauce in a small serving bowl.
  • Serve the meatballs, mounded on a platter with the yogurt sauce on the side.

Credits

RecipeEric Lundy

PhotographyErin Ng

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