You'll find that a meatball appetizer recipe gets cataloged under "Party Favorites," especially when it's paired
with Mint Dipping Sauce. But when it comes to dipping sauces we
say, 'To each his own,' and provide several more great dipping sauce
recipes. Not everyone is crazy about mint, after all, just meatballs.
Although meatballs are usually associated with beef, this is an
excellent ground lamb recipe, too. Or try sausage, or a beef and sausage
combination. All produce outstanding results.
2 pounds lean ground beef, lamb, or beef/sausage combination
3 beaten eggs
1-1/2 cups finely chopped onion
1-1/2 cups bread crumbs
2 tablespoons chopped fresh mint
2 teaspoons minced garlic
2 teaspoons salt
3 tablespoons lemon juice
Oil for frying
Mint Dipping Sauce:
1 cup plain yogurt
2 to 4 tablespoons fresh mint, to taste, chopped
1/4 cup finely chopped green onions
1/2 teaspoon garlic, minced, or 1/4 teaspoon dry
2 teaspoons minced fresh ginger
First prepare the Mint Dipping Sauce and refrigerate it. Combine the yogurt, mint, green onions, garlic and ginger; cover and chill until ready to use.
Mix all the meatball ingredients together by hand until well-combined. Form the mixture into approx. 1-1/2 ounce balls either by hand or with a meat baller.
Pour just enough oil into a non-stick frying pan to cover the bottom and heat. Add the meatballs, in batches if necessary, and cook through, browning them on all sides. Drain them on paper towels.
Serve hot with chilled Mint Dipping Sauce. Makes about 40 appetizers.
Make-ahead note: The meatballs can be cooked a day or two ahead of time, or cooked and frozen weeks ahead of time, and reheated in the oven or microwave. The dipping sauce is best fairly fresh.