Greek Meatballs

These Greek meatballs are great for a party appetizer! They’re made with lamb and a handful of seasonings (orange zest! mint! garlic!), and rolled into perfect little bites. Eat with toothpicks and serve some yogurt dipping sauce on the side.

I found this recipe in the weekend edition of the Wall St. Journal as good “noshing” food for New Year’s and had to give it a try, with a few minor changes.

It comes from chef Michael Symon of the Parea Greek restaurant in New York and Lola & Lolita Bistro in Cleveland.

Ingredients for Greek Meatballs

These meatballs are made with ground lamb and a little bit of salt pork, though you could substitute bacon if you prefer. The seasonings are garlic, shallots, orange zest, and fresh mint, with a little chopped hot chili pepper for spiciness.

If you don’t like spicy foods, you can skip the chili pepper. Conversely, if you love spice, feel free to add another chili pepper to the mix!

How to Serve These Meatballs

These meatballs are great served as a warm appetizer with toothpicks, though you could certainly have them for dinner as well. Serve them with a little Greek yogurt for dipping, or even some tzatziki for something extra special.

How to Make Ahead and Freeze

These meatballs can be made entirely ahead of time, cooled, and stored in the fridge until ready to serve. Just heat them in the microwave for two minutes on high to warm them up again.

You can also freeze either the cooked or uncooked meatballs. If cooked, let the meatballs cool completely before freezing.

In either case, just space the meatballs out on a parchment-lined sheet pan and freeze until solid. Transfer them to a freezer container or plastic bag (squeeze out as much air as possible) and freeze for up to three months.

Thaw the meatballs overnight in the fridge. Cook uncooked meatballs following the directions in the recipe. Cooked meatballs can be rewarmed in the microwave on high for two minutes.

Try These Other Meatball Recipes!

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