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Mediterranean Spiced Meatballs

I love the spices and flavors in these meatballs, you can switch up the ground meat that you use.



1 1/2 pounds ground lamb, chicken, turkey or bison

2 T. olive oil

1 T minced shallots

1 T minced garlic

1 1/2 t. cumin

1 t. coriander

1/2 t. cayenne

1/4 t. allspice

1/4 cup chopped fresh parsley

2 T chopped fresh oregano

1 lemon juice & zest

1 egg beaten

1/2 cup toasted bread crumbs (or gluten free panko)

salt & pepper to taste


Place all ingredients in a mixing bowl. I like to use my cleans hands to mix. Make sure are all spices are mixed well. Shape into 1 inch balls. Pan fry in a hot saute pan with just enough olive oil to coat the pan. Turn to make sure they brown nice and evenly on all sides. Cook about 7 to 10 minutes or until cooked through. You may also put on a sheet pan and oven roast at 400* for 15 to 20 minutes.

  • Author: Chef Shelly