Meatballs with Spiced Tomato Sauce

Christine Burns Rudalevige, Cooking Light DECEMBER 2012

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Meatballs with Spiced Tomato Sauce

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  • Prep Time

    minutes

  • Total Time

    minutes

  • Servings

    servings


Ingredients

  • 1

    tablespoon olive oil

  • 2

    tablespoons finely chopped onion

  • 1

    teaspoon minced fresh garlic

  • ½

    cup fresh breadcrumbs

  • ¼

    cup chopped fresh mint

  • ½

    pound ground lamb

  • ½

    pound 90% lean ground beef

  • 1

    teaspoon kosher salt, divided

  • ½

    teaspoon black pepper, divided

  • 1

    large egg, lightly beaten

  • ½

    cup chopped onion

  • 1

    teaspoon ground ginger

  • 1

    teaspoon ground cumin

  • 1

    teaspoon ground cinnamon

  • 1

    (15-ounce) can crushed tomatoes

  • ¼

    cup water

  • 3

    (6-inch) whole-wheat pitas, halved and warmed

  • Small mint leaves

Directions

1. Heat oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add 2 tablespoons onion and garlic; cook 1 minute, stirring constantly. Cool slightly. Combine onion mixture, breadcrumbs, and mint; add lamb, beef, 1/2 teaspoon salt, 1/4 teaspoon pepper, and egg; stir gently. Shape into 30 (1-inch) meatballs. 2. Return pan to medium-high; add meatballs. Cook 4 minutes. Remove meatballs from pan. Add 1/2 cup onion to pan; sauté 2 minutes. Add ginger and next 3 ingredients; simmer 5 minutes. Stir in 1/4 cup water, 1/2 teaspoon salt, and 1/4 teaspoon pepper. Return meatballs to pan; simmer 20 minutes or until done. Serve with pitas. Sprinkle with mint leaves.


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