Zaatar Meatballs with Green Tahini Sauce

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A delicious Middle-Eastern inspired recipe for Zaatar Meatballs with Green Tahini Sauce that can be made with your choice of ground turkey, chicken, beef or lamb. A fast, easy, low-carb weeknight dinner!

Zaatar Meatballs with Green Tahini Sauce can be made with ground turkey, chicken, lamb or beef. A quick, low-carb meal that is full of flavor. #meatballs #zaatar

These Zaatar Meatballs are full of flavor and super easy to make. We’ve made them with ground turkey and ground lamb- but would work just as well with ground chicken or beef. Paired with the Green Tahini Sauce and Lebanese Slaw, they make for light, low-carb and incredibly satisfying meal.

How to make Zaatar Meatballs:

  • Mix ground meat with spices and herbs.
  • Form into balls the size of a golf ball.
  • Pan sear each side until golden.
  • Serve with Green Tahini Sauce!

So the recipe starts with mixing the meat with the herbs and spices. Like I mentioned above you choose what meat you prefer- chicken, turkey, lamb or beef.  Chicken and Turkey are obviously lighter and lower in fat and calories, but lamb offers up a really nice richness.  Fresh mint gives these Middle Eastern meatballs a lovely flavor- but feel free to sub other herbs like dill, or parsley.

mix the ground meat with the herbs and the spices.

Mix and knead the meat together well with damp hands.

Form into twelve golfball-sized balls.

roll the meat into 12 balls

Sprinkle with a  little Zaatar to coat if you like.

Pan-sear the Zaatar Meatballs in a skillet.

pan sear the Zaatar Meatballs in a skillet

Above are the lamb, and below are the turkey.

turkey meatballs in a skillet cooking

While the meatballs are cooking through, blend up the Green Tahini Sauce.

make the green tahini sauce in a blender

It is basically a Tahini sauce blended with fresh herbs and a few slices of jalapeno.

Blend until smooth. Trust me you’ll be happy you will have a little extra here.

green tahini sauce

To plate, place some Green Tahini Sauce on the bottom of your plate.

plating the meal with the sauce going on the plate first.

Top with the Zaatar meatballs and add a side salad.  Top with fresh herbs and Urfa Biber.

Place the meatballs over top os the sauce, with a salad next to it.

Here are the Zaatar Meatballs made with ground turkey and served up with simple tomato herb salad. So light and tasty!

Zaatar Meatballs with Green Tahini Sauce can be made with ground turkey, chicken, lamb or beef. A quick, low-carb meal that is full of flavor. #meatballs #zaatar

Here the Zaatar Meatballs made with ground lamb- richer and earthier, served up with a Middle Eastern Slaw with I’ll post later this week.

Zaatar Meatballs with Green Tahini Sauce can be made with ground turkey, chicken, lamb or beef. A quick, low-carb meal that is full of flavor. #meatballs #zaatar

Such a simple but satisfying meal! Give it a try and let us know how you like it in the comments below.

xoxo

Sylvia

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Zaatar Meatballs with Green Tahini Sauce can be made with ground turkey, chicken, lamb or beef. A quick, low carb meal that is full of flavor. #meatballs #zaatar

Zaatar Meatballs with Green Tahini Sauce


  • Author:
    Sylvia Fountaine

  • Prep Time:
    15

  • Cook Time:
    20

  • Total Time:
    35 minutes

  • Yield:
    4

  • Category:
    main

  • Method:
    stovetop

  • Cuisine:
    Middle Eastern

  • Diet:
    Gluten Free

Description

Zaatar Meatballs with Green Tahini Sauce can be made with ground turkey, chicken, lamb or beef. A quick, low-carb weeknight meal that is full of flavor. Serve with a fresh salad on the side.


Zaatar Meatballs

  • 1 lb ground turkey, beef, chicken or lamb
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 tablespoon zaatar spice
  • 1 teaspoon sumac or sub 1 tablespoon lemon zest
  • 1/2 teaspoon turmeric
  • 1/3 cup onion, very finely chopped (or 23 scallions)
  • 3 garlic cloves, finely minced
  • 1/41/2 cup chopped herbs (mint, dill, Italian parsley or cilantro- a mix is nice)
  • 1/2 teaspoon aleppo or chili flakes (optional)
  • 12 tablespoons sesame seeds  or zaatar to coat (optional)

Green Tahini Sauce

  • 1/2 cup water

  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice

  • 2 fat garlic cloves

  • 3/4 cup fresh herbs (cilantro, Italian parsley, dill or basil or a combo!)

  • 23 slices jalapeno (optional)
  • 1 teaspoon salt, more to taste

Instructions

Make the meatballs: Place ground meat, salt and spices in a bowl and mix and toss with a fork to evenly distribute. Add onion, garlic, herbs and chili flakes, mixing again with a fork.

With wet hands, knead the mixture a couple of times adding olive oil if need be (please see notes). Divide into 4 balls, then form into 12 meatballs with wet hands (3 meatballs per ball).

Optional: Coat the meatballs in sesame seeds by rolling them or sprinkle lightly with zaatar.

Heat a large skillet with 1-2 tablespoon olive oil over medium-low heat, add the meatballs turning as each side gets golden. Lower heat to low to continue cooking all the way through or cook through in a 350F oven.

While the meatballs are cooking make the Green Tahini Sauce: Place all the ingredients (except the tahini paste) in a blender or food processer and blend until combined but not overly smooth. Add tahini paste. Blend until creamy. Taste, and adjust salt, acid and heat. If you want a “looser “sauce, add a little more water until the desired consistency.

Serve the meatballs over the Green Tahini Sauce with a side salad.


Notes

If using very low-fat turkey or chicken, knead in 2 teaspoons olive oil– or meatballs will be rubbery. 😉

Keywords: Zaatar Meatballs, turkey meatballs, lamb meatballs, Lebanese meatballs, arabic meatballs, middle eastern meatballs





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