Sunset reader Michael Furukawa, of Menlo Park, California, gave us this recipe—he suggests also trying it with ground chicken. His version resulted in long sausage-shaped kebabs, but we opted for meatballs—they're easier to handle and don't take long to cook.
2 pounds ground lamb
Zest and juice of 1 lemon
1 teaspoon fine sea salt
1 teaspoon pepper
1 teaspoon ground sumac*
1 teaspoon ground cumin
1/2 onion, finely chopped
2 garlic cloves, minced
1/2 cup plain fine dried bread crumbs
2 tablespoons olive oil
Hummus, pita bread, and green salad
How to Make It
Preheat broiler. Gently mix meat, lemon zest and juice, seasonings, onion, garlic, and bread crumbs in a medium bowl just until combined.
Form meat mixture into 18 balls (about 2 in. each) and slide 3 onto each of 6 metal skewers. Put on a baking sheet and brush with oil.
Broil, turning once, until browned and done the way you like, 10 minutes for medium. Serve meatballs with hummus, pita, and green salad.
*Find ground sumac, made from tart red edible sumac berries, in the spice aisle of well-stocked grocery stores.
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Amazing! I haven't had much experience making lamb. This recipe was easy and tasted SO good and fresh and lemony (I think the sumac is supposed to add lemony flavor). My husband loved it too. Will definitely make this again!
We love this dish! I've made it twice and the whole family loves it, even my 2 and 6 year old ;) I haven't had sumac each time I've made it, so I substituted chili powder. That worked well. Served with a home made Greek Salad, hummus (we love Trader Joe's!) and naan bread and its a full meal. An under 30 min meal too! Thanks for sharing this recipe! :)
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