Tuesday, March 13, 2007

Lamb meatballs with Lebanese rice



Delicious and easy recipe for lamb meatballs with Lebanese rice. Taste the best Lebanese recipes and learn how to make tasty Lamb Meatballs with Lebanese Rice dish. These spice-laden meatballs echo Middle Eastern flavours and are simple to prepare and cook. Lebanese rice, a classic in all Lebanese restaurants, is rich and buttery with a hint of allspice.

Cooking Time Prep time 30 mins, cook 55 mins

Ingredients - Serves 8
1.5 kg minced lamb
105 gm (1½ cup) fresh coarse breadcrumbs
5 garlic cloves, finely grated
1 egg, lightly beaten
1½ tbsp ground cumin
1½ tsp ground coriander
1 tsp each of ground allspice and ground cardamom
90 ml extra-virgin olive oil
1 onion, finely chopped
5 vine-ripened tomatoes, coarsely chopped
½ cup (loosely packed) coriander, to serve
Lebanese rice
50 gm butter
1 tbsp extra-virgin olive oil
1 onion, finely chopped
120 gm angel hair pasta, coarsely broken
400 gm (2 cups) basmati rice

Preparation
  1. Combine lamb, breadcrumbs, garlic, egg and spices in a large bowl and season to taste. Mix with your hands until well combined. Roll tablespoons of mixture into balls and set aside on a tray.
  2. Preheat oven to 180C. Heat 30ml oil in a large frying pan over high heat. Add meatballs and cook in batches, turning until browned (4-5 minutes). Transfer to a baking dish.
  3. Heat remaining olive oil in a separate frying pan over medium heat. Add onion and cook until soft (5-7 minutes). Add tomato and cook until tomato just softens (1-2 minutes). Pour over meatballs and roast until meatballs are cooked through (10-15 minutes).
  4. For Lebanese rice, heat butter and oil in a large saucepan over low-medium heat. Add onion and cook until soft (5-6 minutes). Add pasta and stir until just beginning to brown, then add rice and 1 litre water, stir to combine, bring to the boil, then reduce heat to low, cover with a lid, and cook until liquid is absorbed (10-12 minutes). Season to taste. Scatter meatballs with coriander and serve immediately with the Lebanese rice.
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