These Turkish Meatballs are made with ground beef and lamb, hugged in an easy to make tomato based sauce. Perfect for dinner and quick to make too.
By now you should know we love our meatballs and these Turkish Meatballs are a new(-ish) favorite ! The combination of beef and lamb is just amazing.
I barely ever combine two different types of meat, but this recipe just works. Before sharing the recipe with you, I tried all the variants, both meats, only beef and then only lamb.
Using both ground beef and lamb was the winner by far. Only ground lamb in the Turkish Meatballs came in second.
Lamb (all types, ground, roast etc) has become very expensive over the years. But a packet of ground Lamb mixed in with the ground Beef made the dish a little more economical as well.
I used to make Leg of Lamb roasts so often, but haven’t made one in years – because of the price ! However, the other day we had a promotion at our local butcher and I grabbed one.
Absolutely still the best Sunday roast !
No one really knows the origin of meatballs, but I do remember my granny used to make them, using leftover meats. She also had a meat mincer, which means she could have used just about any meat in a meatball.
Can you freeze meatballs ?
Meatballs are also freezer friendly, unless a specific recipe indicates otherwise. I prefer to only freeze the meatballs and make the sauce on the day of serving.
The reason I (mostly) freeze the meatballs only, is because I freeze them uncooked, which lasts longer in the freezer.
- Uncooked meatballs – around three months (my preference), but can be stored for up to four months
- Cooked meatballs – two months
How do you thaw meatballs ?
Overnight in the refrigerator is always best.
Besides the two meats, the spices works so well together in this recipe, it is always a winner. You will notice I use a lot of Parsley as well and I chop the Parsley fairly rough, both – for the meatballs as well as the sauce.
Not only does the Parsley add a bit of color, but it adds taste as well.
The sauce is only enough to hug each and every meatball nicely, therefore not a saucy meatball dish. However, you can always double up on the sauce ingredients.
I serve these meatballs mainly as dinner over pasta or even rice, but now and then I’d stick in a toothpick or something similar and add them to my savory platters.
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Amount Per Serving Calories 635.4 Total Fat 37g Saturated Fat 13g Trans Fat 0g Unsaturated Fat 21g Carbohydrates 16.7g Fiber 1g Sugar 11g Protein 34.3g