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Meatball Sandwiches Recipe

Minty meatballs with a stream of yogurt sauce and served in pita give a Middle Eastern spin to budget-friendly meatball sandwiches. No matter what kind of bread you use, these meatball sandwiches are sure to be a hit. From start to finish, this meal will be ready in 30 minutes.


1 beaten egg
1/4 cup skim milk
1/4 cup fine dry bread crumbs
1/4 cup snipped fresh parsley
3 tablespoons finely chopped onion
4 teaspoons sesame seeds, toasted
1 clove garlic, minced
1/4 teaspoon dried mint, crushed
1/4 teaspoon salt
3/4 pound lean ground beef or lamb
Nonstick spray coating
2 large pita bread rounds, halved
1/2 cup shredded lettuce
1 medium tomato, chopped
1 cup plain low-fat yogurt


1. In a medium mixing bowl combine egg, milk, bread crumbs, parsley, onion, 3 teaspoons of the sesame seeds, the garlic, mint, and salt. Add ground beef or lamb; mix well. Shape mixture into 24 meatballs.

2. Spray a large skillet with nonstick spray coating. Preheat over medium-high heat. Add meatballs and brown on all sides. Cover skillet and cook meatballs over low heat for 5 to 10 minutes or until done (160 degrees F).

3. With a slotted spoon remove meatballs from skillet and drain on paper towels.

4. To serve, place meatballs in pita bread halves. Add lettuce and tomato. Sprinkle with the remaining 1 teaspoon of sesame seeds. Serve with yogurt. If desired, serve sandwiches on additional shredded lettuce. Makes 4 servings.

5. Make Ahead Tip: Prepare and cook meatballs; drain on paper towels. Place meatballs on a clean tray; cover with waxed paper; freeze about 30 minutes or until firm. Transfer to airtight freezer container or plastic freezer bag; seal, label, and freeze up to 1 month. To use, thaw overnight. Place in shallow baking pan with 1/4 cup water; cover and heat in 350 degree F. oven for 15 minutes or until heated through. Drain. Serve as above.

recipe source BHG.com

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