Spicy Lamb Meatballs in Tomato Sauce

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12 ounces ground lamb
12 ounces 93%-lean ground turkey
1 cup fresh whole-wheat breadcrumbs
1 large egg white
1 cup minced onion, divided
6 cloves garlic, minced, divided
4 tablespoons chopped fresh mint, divided
1 teaspoon ground coriander
1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
1/2 teaspoon kosher salt, divided
1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
1/2 cup red wine
1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
1 28-ounce can crushed tomatoes




Preheat oven to 350°F. Coat a baking sheet with cooking spray.

Combine lamb, turkey, breadcrumbs, egg white, 1/2 cup onion, half the garlic, 2 tablespoons mint, coriander, cumin and 1/4 teaspoon salt in a large bowl. Gently mix to combine. Shape into 48 little meatballs, about 1 tablespoon each. Place on the prepared baking sheet.

Bake the meatballs for 10 minutes. Set aside.

Meanwhile, heat oil in a large saucepan over medium heat. Add the remaining 1/2 cup onion and cook, stirring, until golden, 3 to 5 minutes. Stir in the remaining garlic, wine, cayenne and the remaining 1/4 teaspoon salt. Simmer over medium-low heat until the wine has reduced significantly, 3 to 5 minutes. Add tomatoes, return to a simmer, reduce heat to low and simmer, partially covered, for 20 minutes.

Add the meatballs to the sauce and cook until heated through, about 5 minutes. Garnish with the remaining 2 tablespoons mint.


Active Time:  45 Minutes
Total Time:  1 Hour 15 Minutes
Yield:  12 Servings

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