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Tray bake dinner: Lamb kofta meatballs

An infinite heartfelt thanks for the messages of help following the information of Dozer’s situation. I don’t have the phrases to correctly specific how a lot it meant to me and by no means imagined I’d discover myself able the place I felt such overwhelming help from all corners of this large huge world. I’ll proceed to supply updates on his progress within the Lifetime of Dozer part, and hope to have excellent news within the coming weeks. ~ Nagi x

This tray bake dinner combines superbly spiced lamb kofta meatballs with vibrant roast greens for a Center Japanese dinner that’s as versatile as it’s scrumptious. Stuff into heat flatbreads, make couscous or rice bowls, or serve with roasted cauliflower for a considerable low-carb salad meal!

Freshly made Baked lamb kofta meatballs and vegetables

Lamb kofta meatballs tray bake

There’s so much much less sheet pan dinner recipes on my web site than one would anticipate for somebody who tells “everybody” that she principally shares dinner recipes. It’s as a result of I’m somewhat fussy about them. I discover that in the event you toss every thing – meat and greens – in the identical seasonings, every thing comes out tasting the same-same.

Which is okay from time to time. However I get bored shortly.

However this meatball tray bake? Something however boring!! Assume – your favorite boldly spiced lamb koftas, in meatball type, with a pile of vibrant capsicum and crimson onion. All baked on the identical tray. The odor when that is within the oven is unbelievable!! It’s the cinnamon. Signature Center Japanese spice.

Stuff in heat pita breads, make rice or couscous bowls or an enormous low-carb heat salad!

Pita bread stuffed with Baked lamb kofta meatballs and vegetables


Right here’s what that you must make this tray bake dinner.

Kofta meatballs

These are the identical components utilized in skewered lamb koftas.

What goes in lamb koftas
  • Lamb mince (floor lamb) – Whereas lamb is a favorite in Center Japanese delicacies and simply goes so effectively with the spice combine, these meatballs are additionally terrific made with beef. Hen and turkey would even be good however you’ll want so as to add somewhat additional breadcrumbs else the combination is just too free.

  • Onion – Use a field grater to shred it so that you don’t must prepare dinner the onion individually earlier than including into the combination. Additionally, the onion juices simply make the meatballs tastier!

  • Panko breadcrumbs – Provides bulk and absorbs moisture so the combination isn’t too moist to type meatballs. Panko breadcrumbs are straightforward to search out nowadays within the Asian and breadcrumb aisle of grocery shops. Bizarre breadcrumbs (smaller and finer, like sand) may also be used however the meatballs is not going to be fairly as tender.

  • Garlic – Very uncommon to search out savoury dishes on my web site that don’t contain garlic!

  • Spices – Traditional Center Japanese spices: cumin, coriander, paprika (I take advantage of common however smoked could be beautiful), cinnamon (Center Japanese secret ingredient!) and cayenne pepper. These meatballs are mildly spicy so be at liberty to cut back or omit the cayenne pepper.

  • Coriander/cilantro – For a touch of freshness and for visible functions too. Substitute with parsley.

The greens

For the greens, you could possibly actually use any roast-able greens you need. I opted for capsicum / bell peppers for a splash of color and likewise as a result of I like that they’re straightforward to chop into strips for straightforward of stuffing into flatbreads.

Baked lamb kofta meatballs and vegetables ingredients

Sauce choices

The meatballs are pictured in put up drizzled with Tahini Sauce which is a extensively used sauce in Center Easter delicacies. The nutty flavour and creamy texture goes so effectively with the spice flavour of the meatballs and simply provides that additional contact to take this from tasty to OMG gawd that is soooo gooood!! (Which is the bar to which I intention!)

Being a sauce I take advantage of fairly frequently in Center Japanese recipes, I lastly obtained round to writing it up as a separate recipe, so discover the Tahini Sauce recipe right here. The opposite sauce possibility is Lemon Yogurt Sauce which can also be on-point for Center Japanese meals – use the sauce in this recipe.

For the best possibility (and all of us have these days), only a dollop of plain yogurt will work effective, or perhaps a squeeze of lemon juice.

Find out how to make Lamb Kofta Meatball Tray Bake

The one distinction between making regular Moroccan meatballs and this one is that you just don’t must take care of cleansing up the range splatter. I do know which one I’m making tonight! 🙂

How to make Lamb Kofta Meatballs tray bake
  1. Toss the greens with salt, pepper and olive oil.

  2. Combine the lamb kofta meatball combination in a bowl together with your arms. Combine effectively to make sure the spices are dispersed evenly all through.

How to make Lamb Kofta Meatballs tray bake
  1. Roll 16 meatballs. They’re barely on the big facet to make sure they don’t dry out when cooked within the oven.

    PRO TIP: I take advantage of an ice cream scoop with a lever to portion out the combination. Then I roll the balls. That is probably the most environment friendly method I’ve provide you with to make meatballs – with out resorting to $5,000 meatball making machines (oh sure, they exist!)

  2. Spray the meatballs generously with oil so they may brown within the oven.

How to make Lamb Kofta Meatballs tray bake
  1. Scatter the greens across the meatballs.

  2. Bake for quarter-hour, then end with 5 minutes underneath the grill/broiler to get a little bit of color on the meatballs. 20 minutes is all of the prepare dinner time we want for meatballs to prepare dinner them by means of with out overcooking them which can make them dismally dry on the within.

    You’ll additionally get some good charring on the perimeters of the capsicum, paying homage to the flavour we might’ve achieved if we had cooked these over charcoal which doesn’t occur midweek round these components!

Baked lamb kofta meatballs and vegetables fresh out of the oven
Baked lamb kofta meatballs and vegetables rice bowls

Find out how to serve baked lamb kofta meatballs

I promised you flexible, and right here’s proof!

  1. Wraps / pita pockets (pictured at prime of put up) – Stuff the meatballs and greens into heat wraps or pita pockets and drizzle with Tahini Sauce or Lemon Yogurt Sauce (use the one in this recipe). Shredded lettuce and tomato slices are nice extras to bulk it out and (fortunately) cram additional greens into your meal.

  2. Bowls (pictured above) – Make bowls with a mound of steaming basmati rice or couscous (very on-theme!).

  3. Heat salad – Make roasted cauliflower (with out the parmesan) and pile onto a plate. High with the meatballs and all of the greens, end with a dramatic, beneficiant drizzle of the tahini sauce and a bathe of toasted pinenuts or almond flakes and contemporary coriander/cilantro. Stand again and admire the glittering pile that’s your dinner that occurs to be low-carb and diet packed!

And as I describe that cauliflower salad to you, I’m kicking myself for not having shot it! It was so, so good. Subsequent time! – Nagi x

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Freshly made Baked lamb kofta meatballs and vegetables

Tray bake dinner: lamb kofta meatballs


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Recipe video above. This straightforward sheet pan dinner combines superbly spiced lamb kofta meatballs with vibrant roast greens for a Center Japanese dinner that is as versatile as it’s scrumptious. Stuff into heat flatbreads, serve with couscous or rice bowls, or add a facet of roasted cauliflower for a considerable low-carb dinner.Much less messy and more healthy than pan frying – much less oil! Tip: make meatballs on the big facet so they do not dry out within the oven.


  • Preheat oven to 200°C/400°F (180°C fan-forced).

  • Kofta meatballs – Place the Kofta components and spices in a bowl. Use your arms to mix totally then roll 16 large-ish meatballs (I scoop all combination onto a tray, then roll into balls). Unfold them out on a big tray.

  • Greens – Toss the greens with the oil, salt and pepper. Scatter across the meatballs.

  • Bake – Spray the meatballs with oil. Bake for quarter-hour then change the oven to the grill/broiler on excessive. Prepare dinner for an extra 5 minutes to get some color on the floor.

  • Serve – Sprinkle with the chopped coriander then serve! To make wraps, stuff with lettuce, tomato, meatballs, and the prepare dinner capsicum and onion. Drizzle with a number of tahini sauce then tuck in! Different concepts: rice or couscous bowls or large salads – see under.

Recipe Notes:



  1. Meat – Lamb is a pure alternative for Center Japanese meals however the spice combine is admittedly good with beef too. Hen may also work however you’ll want to extend the panko else the combination is somewhat free.

Lifetime of Dozer

Unsurprisingly, after telling you about Dozer’s laryngeal paralysis situation and surgical procedure, I anticipate the Lifetime of Dozer part will probably be focussed on his restoration for the subsequent couple of minutes. I need to share the details however I additionally need to add a sprinkle of enjoyable. As a result of even within the fog of fear, there have been moments of laughter!

The intense stuff

So, I’m not going to lie. Dozer’s put up surgical procedure restoration has been somewhat slower and extra worrying than anticipated. For two days after his operation, he was very wobbly on his ft and wanted assist to rise up, stroll and pee. He would collapse after strolling a metre or two, and get very agitated when he couldn’t rise up himself when he wished to – which imply respiratory closely and straining his throat.

What did actually scare me although was that his hoarse respiratory sounded (to me) worse than it was pre-operation. That mixed together with his lack of mobility prompted a touch to the emergency vet.

Fortunately they gave him the all clear and simply jogged my memory once more that his airways are swollen from the surgical procedure so his respiratory and panting will sound laboured and painful. I used to be advised it’s going to take about 2 weeks for the swelling to go right down to see if the surgical procedure was efficient – if it was, he ought to breath quietly and in time, return to some stage of train. 🤞🏻🤞🏻🤞🏻

I had hoped to keep away from utilizing the chill-pills the vet prescribed for Dozer however I gave up. Since beginning him on these, he’s undoubtedly extra relaxed. Mainly, peaceable sleeping Dozer means no hoarse panting which ought to assist with the velocity of restoration. I believe when he’s awake, he’s acutely aware of the truth that he’s wanting breath which makes him agitated and breath frantically (like proper now, at my ft).

I’m frightened, however considering positively. It’s solely day 3 after surgical procedure. 11 days to go.

on the lighter facet….

The little issues we have a good time – so comfortable when he was in a position to weight bear himself and pee with out help!! (Simply in case you’re conjuring up visions of paper cups – no, it was nothing like that!! I used to be utilizing a towel sling underneath his stomach to assist help his weight. )

Try his glorious squatting motion. Properly carried out Dozer. Properly carried out! 👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻

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