There is nothing better than grinding your own meat to make meat balls, and this recipe for lamb meat balls is a perfect way to start.
It is not often that you can find lamb mince in the shops, but I have been able to find lamb steaks. I got an artisan stand mixer for Christmas and it came with a few attachments, one of which is the food grinder. There can be nothing better than grinding your own meat and using a product you can trust to have no additives to make your own meat balls. I am so impressed by my artisan stand mixer and I can tell you that it is easy to use and the attachments are easy to clean. It is a simple process of putting the food grinder onto the machine and slicing your meat before pushing it through the grinder. You have a choice of coarse ground or finely ground and so you can decide on the thickness of your meat pieces to suit your own needs. The meat is cut by the grinder before being ground but you need to ensure you are not trying to push through large chunks of meat. If you don’t already have a food processor then I would highly recommend you invest in an artisan stand mixer for a mixer as well as all the wonderful and extremely useful attachments you can get with it. I got a red one, as my friend Cindy says, every kitchen needs a little bit of lipstick!
Lamb Meat Balls
- 1 small handful fresh chives, chopped
- 1 small handful fresh mint, chopped
- 2 springs rosemary, leaves picked and chopped
- 250 g lamb mince
- 2 anchovies, chopped
- freshly ground black pepper to season
- 1 egg, lightly beaten
- 2.5 mls ground cumin
- olive oil for frying
- mix the ingredients together and using your hands, form small meat balls
- allow to rest in the fridge for 30 minutes before serving
- heat the olive oil in a frying pan – you want to cover the base only
- cook the meat balls over a medium heat until done