Lamb Meatballs with Parsley and Apricot

by Andie Mitchell on December 8, 2012

lamb meatballs

Lamb has a delicate flavor. Tasted alone, there’s a sweetness to it, a luxuriousness you don’t find in other meats. It’s softer, more likely to make you pause mid-chew to marvel at its richness.

If ever lamb graces a menu, I’m almost assuredly ordering it. I love it that much. Braised lamb shank? I’ll take it. Lamb chops? Send them over. Spiced lamb burger with mint? Swoon.

Here, I’ve upgraded traditional beef meatballs to a deluxe version with lamb. Sweet apricot, bright parsley, rich lamb, sharp garlic, and coriander.

The marriage of flavors is downright delightful.

Lamb Meatballs
adapted from RealSimple
makes 20 meatballs

  • 1 pound ground lamb
  • 1/4 cup fresh flat leaf parsley (a handful), finely chopped
  • 1/4 cup dried apricots, finely chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1/2 small red onion, finely chopped
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground coriander
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  1. Combine all ingredients in a large bowl. Use your hands to mix until well blended.
  2. Roll the mixture into 20 meatballs.
  3. Place on a foil lined broiler pan and broil for 8-10 minutes, until the meatballs are cooked through and no longer pink in the centers.

Nutrition information per meatball: Calories: 138, Fat: 10.6 g, Carbohydrate: 2.6 g, Fiber: 0.3 g, Sugars: 1.7 g, Protein: 7.7 g

photo by: Skånska Matupplevelser

{ 9 comments… read them below or add one }

britainknee December 8, 2012 at 10:11 am

I feel the same way about lamb- if it’s on the menu, it’s what I’m ordering. The dried apricots sound like a unique and flavorful addition!

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Bianca @ Confessions of a Chocoholic December 8, 2012 at 11:17 am

I’m learning to like lamb more and more, but still haven’t made it myself at home. This looks like a great “starter” recipe for me!

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Samantha December 8, 2012 at 2:10 pm

Andie, this looks delish. I love Lamb too! just wondering, how many servings would you say the 20 meatballs is?

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Julia December 8, 2012 at 3:56 pm

I actually love lamb and we eat it from time to time in my family. I haven’t thought to make meatballs out of it though. I love the idea! Yum.

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Kelsey December 9, 2012 at 7:57 am

This looks like a really good, balanced mix of flavours. Can’t wait to try it out! :) x x

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Chelsea December 9, 2012 at 10:51 am

I just made this for dinner and it was awesome, fiance approved! Though we ate it as an entree, it would make an excellent party h’ourderve. Thank you for sharing this!

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Camille Willemain December 9, 2012 at 12:00 pm

Your photos just get more and more amazing by the day. Can’t wait to make these once I live somewhere that actually has things like lamb and apricots instead of black beans and mango ;)

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Jen December 11, 2012 at 9:18 am

Made these last night, and they were terrific! I’m definitely pulling this recipe out next time I’m invited to a potluck.

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Sylvia Dewy November 26, 2013 at 6:08 am

WOW! the recipe looks so amazing. I like lamb meat and I am sure going to try this recipe for my next dinner plan with my friends. Thanks for such a great recipe! :)

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