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Greek Lamb Meatballs with Avocado Goddess Sauce.

Greek Lamb Meatballs with Avocado Goddess Sauce | halfbakedharvest.com #lamb #easy #meatballs

I’m just going to go out and say it, you guys, I hate the word meatball. It’s just not very cute, you know? Like MEATBALL?! Hmm, it’s so odd to me and just well, so unattractive, but I guess that’s what you call a ball of meat. Makes sense, I get it, but still, it’s just not my favorite word, especially when there are 171,476 in the English language, I mean that’s the best we could come up with?

Anyone else with me on this one?

For the longest time I really steered clear of meatballs. They never excited me and I didn’t grow up eating them, so they just weren’t something I thought I needed to make. However, in an effort to keep things fresh and new here on HBH, I try to branch out of my comfort zone and try new to me foods. Over the years I’ve slowly grown to like (some) meatballs. I’ve now made a few versions (see here, here, and also in my cookbook), but these Greek inspired lamb meatballs are so different and so delicious. Hands down these are my favorite meatball I’ve made.

These are a game changer.

PS. how many times to you think I say meatball throughout this post? YIKES.

Greek Lamb Meatballs with Avocado Goddess Sauce | halfbakedharvest.com #lamb #easy #meatballs

Greek Lamb Meatballs with Avocado Goddess Sauce | halfbakedharvest.com #lamb #easy #meatballs

Unlike an Italian meatball, this Greek version is made a little simpler, and a littler healthier. I use plenty of fresh herbs, lean ground lamb, and lots of lemon (because apparently I am lemon obsessed). These are quick and easy to throw together and if you’re turned off by the idea of using lamb, you really shouldn’t be! It’s a great alternative to beef and in my opinion, has so much more flavor. That said, any ground meat can be used in place of the lamb, but I recommend meat that has a little fat on it.

I paired my Greek meatballs with some orzo, goddess sauce, and plenty of feta cheese. Oh, and greens too, of course.

A few notes.

Whenever I make meatballs, I always, always roast them in the oven as opposed to pan frying them. I’m pretty sure none of us wants to stand at the stove and tend to meatballs for thirty minutes. No, that is just not fun. I’ve also found that roasted meatballs just taste better. They hold their shape and never turn out dry.

Traditionally, Greek meatballs are served in or on a pita, but I was really feeling like this was a bowl kind of meal, so I decided to spread my goddess sauce (and some hummus too) inside a low bowl and pile it high with orzo, feta cheese, and plenty of greens.

Speaking of that goddess sauce. Oh my gosh. It. Is. Good. Think spoon worthy good. In fact, I sent this dish over to my parent’s house for them to try. My mom text me, asking if the green sauce was bad for her because she was literally eating the entire batch out of the bowl…all by herself. This coming from my mom means something is really, really good. She’s very much a pasta and butter kind of girl, so that fact that she loved this really says something.

Oh, and my answer to my mom’s question? No the goddess sauce is not bad for you, it’s actually great for you! I packed my goddess sauce full of avocado, yogurt, herbs, and spices. So basically it’s a super food and you should really have it on hand all times. It’s great for making salads, grain bowls, tacos, and everything in between, that much more delicious.

Just a suggestion…

Greek Lamb Meatballs with Avocado Goddess Sauce | halfbakedharvest.com #lamb #easy #meatballs

What’s amazing about this recipe is that even though it’s loaded with flavor and texture, it’s actually very simple and easy to make. As mentioned, the meatballs are roasted on a baking sheet, while that’s happening you should be preparing your orzo (quinoa and couscous work great too!) and making your goddess sauce. By the time the meatballs are done cooking, everything else should be ready and all you need to do is assemble.

Simple, quick, light, healthy, delicious, and pretty much the most perfect weeknight dinner.

For real though.

Whooaaaa.

I feel like I just wrote through this post at a million miles a minute. Currently I am in GO mode, which I love, and which is the perfect way to start a Monday. I’m still on a major high from the weekend. I did an Instagram live and made my Earl Grey Blueberry Muffins from the cookbook. It was SO much fun and I Ioved getting to interact with you all, answers questions, and bake together. Best way to spend my Saturday! Excited to do more live cooking with you guys, so leave your requests in the comments, or email me!

Feeling motivated and energized for the week! OK. OKAY. And very excited to remake this recipe again tonight for dinner because I truly cannot get enough.

Greek Lamb Meatballs with Avocado Goddess Sauce | halfbakedharvest.com #lamb #easy #meatballs

Greek Lamb Meatballs with Avocado Goddess Sauce

Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes
Servings: 4 servings
Calories Per Serving: 696 kcal

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Ingredients

Avocado Goddess Sauce

  • 1 avocado, halved
  • 1/4 cup plain greek yogurt
  • 1 cup fresh cilantro
  • 1/2 cup fresh basil
  • 1 jalapeño, halved and seeded
  • juice from 1 lemon, plus more for serving
  • 1 teaspoon cumin
  • kosher salt

Instructions

  • 1. Preheat the oven to 425 degrees F. Line a baking sheet with parchment.
    2. Add the lamb, onion, garlic, lemon zest, parsley, cumin, oregano, cayenne, and a pinch each of salt and pepper to a bowl. Coat your hands with a bit of olive oil, and roll the meat into 2 tablespoon size balls (will make 10-12 meatballs), placing them on the prepared baking sheet. Transfer to the oven and bake for 15-20 minutes or until the meatballs are crisp or cooked through on the inside.
    3. Meanwhile, make the goddess sauce. Combine all ingredients in a blender and blend until smooth and creamy, adding water, 1 tablespoon at a time as needed, to thin the sauce. 
    4. To serve, spread the hummus and goddess sauce on plates. Add the orzo, meatballs, feta, cucumber, tomatoes, and greens. Drizzle olive oil and lemon juice lightly over top of everything. Enjoy! 

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SO GOOD.

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    1. Hey Lainey,
      Yes, that will work just fine! I hope you love the recipe, please let me know if you have any other questions! xTieghan

  1. I’ve been meaning to write. This was my birthday request dinner – I love ground lamb, sometimes lamb loin – which my son made for me. It was delicious! We like the avocado goddess sauce so much, we’ve made it again. I used to get shrimp for my birthday but last summer, I had an allergic reaction to soft shell fish which is disappointing. Since my mother had a severe allergy, I’ve decided the best part of valor is to now avoid it – ugh – at least mine was only a swelling in my face, but still don’t want to tempt fate.

    Turns out my brother also made this recipe within the last couple of weeks (unbeknownst to each other) and they loved it as well.

    1. Hey Carol,
      So great to hear! Love that this recipe was enjoyed and thanks so much for making it! Sorry to hear about your shrimp experience. Have a great week🌟 xTieghan

  2. Made these for national meatball day! Everyone loved it! Definitely on our list of meals we’ll make often! Thank you for sharing

    1. Hey Christine,
      Awesome, I love to hear that the recipe was enjoyed and thanks so much for giving it a try! xTieghan

      1. 5 stars
        The meatballs were so good and easy to make! Totally satisfied my Greek craving.
        I didn’t make the avocado dressing because I don’t eat dairy. Is there a substitution you’d recommend for the Greek yogurt in the sauce? It sounds delightful.

        1. Hey Lily,
          Happy Wednesday! I am so glad you enjoyed this recipe, thanks for making it:) Try using a dairy free yogurt, there are great options available these days. xTieghan

    1. Hey there,
      Totally fine to use ground turkey and follow the recipe as is. I hope you love the dish, please let me know if you have any other questions! xTieghan

  3. Loved this! My fiancé is a very picky eater and he loved it too! The green avo goddess sauce is the bomb! I am sure it would also work great with things like shrimp tacos etc. I did make the meatballs with beef because I couldn’t find ground lamb. I think the meatballs are a bit dry with the beef but lamb is generally a fattier meat so I am sure it would be delicious.

    Needless to say I am excited about todays lunch leftovers!

  4. 5 stars
    We subbed Grass fed ground beef for lamb as my 4yo and partner don’t really care for the flavor of lamb. It was delicious. I’m Gluten free (insert heavy eye roll because I do not want to be) so we served it over rice that I made in the instant pot with chicken stock that I made at home. My only regret was not grating the onion as instructed. I used a small onion but I only diced it which made the meatballs less than balanced. It was great otherwise and I have plenty of dressing left for dipping veggies. With two adults and one toddler we had just enough for dinner but I’d double the recipe next time.

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