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Thursday, September 15, 2011

Lamb Meatballs in Tomato Sauce

DSC_0007 Lamb Meatballs

dinner in our abode is a simple affair. it's a duty dw & i switch on. for today's post, it was dw's turn to make dinner while i lazed about in the living room, reading voraciously from my android. see, it was his fault. i came home in a tizzy that afternoon, talking at 500mph about some random YA book called Blood Red Road that i just had to read, but i had a whole list of other books to get thru on my Kindle, even tho he was in the midst of using it to read I am Number Four; PLUS, i have the actual physical book The Clan of the Cave Bear to finish. and well. next thing i know, he had downloaded the ebook for me on my android and i was sitting happy, and quiet, on the couch while he worked his magic in the kitchen. i don't deserve him.

Lamb Meatballs in Tomato Sauce

1 pound ground lamb
1/2 cup finely chopped small red onion
1 tsp ground cinnamon
2 tsp ground cumin
2 tsp ground allspice
3 tablespoons cornmeal
1 egg
Vegetable oil, for frying

preheat oven to 350F.

from what i could see, dw just put everything in a bowl, mixed it all together with his hand, formed balls and then fried them up until golden brown on the outside. he put the balls into a casserole pan and let them continue to cook in the oven for another 20 minutes or so.

meanwhile, he made the tomato sauce. we're lucky, his old boss hooked him up with fresh tomato sauce and a few ripe tomatoes.

tomato sauce:
Used pan with oil and meat drippings
Sauteed a sliced red onion and three cloves of garlic
Added generous 1 teaspoon each of cumin, allspice and generous 1/2
teaspoon of cinnamon
Stirred in half jar of tomatoes and reduced.
Kosher salt and black pepper to taste

Served meatballs and tomato sauce over white rice.

it should be noted that he forgot to season the meatballs so it was a smidge bland. if you know me then you know i just took out my soy sauce bottle and i was fine.


  1. oooo nice and simple directions for something kinda special! How is the book so far?

  2. I wonder what it's like to be with someone who also likes to read. This is something I hope to eventually find out for myself.

  3. foxflat, Blood Red Road was amazing, i enjoyed it immensely. it is slow going with THe Clan of the Cave Bear, i actually started reading Pride&Prejudice instead, which i am enjoying.

    Stephanie, it's wonderful. i always used to say that Happy Hour was the best hour, but Reading Hour has kicked that notion to the curb.