Dat's a Spicy Meat-a-ball!

I've been feeling super-carnivorous this weekend, which is a challenge to my mostly-salad-have-to-fit-into-my-favorite-sundress warm weather regime. (Yes, it's the first day of summer and it's still cold, rainy, and gray, but a girl can dream, can't she?) I usually have chicken and/or goat cheese on my salad, but I decided to make tiny Middle Eastern–inspired meatballs for a change. I didn't have any eggs in the freezer, so rather than going the traditional egg/breadcrumb route, I just made mini hamburgers. I tossed them on some greens, and am now a very happy camper. (I think they'd a great hors d'oeuvre as well.)

Super-Simple Spicy Meatballs

•1 lb. lean ground beef (lamb would be great, too)
•2 cloves garlic, minced
•1 heaping tsp. (or more) pimentón (I used the hot variety, which doesn't seem to be that hot)
•1/2 tsp. cayenne (or more if you really want to give it a kick)
•1 tbsp. dried oregano
•1/4 tsp. salt

Use your hands to combine all ingredients, then roll into little patties, about 1-inch in diameter. Sauté over medium high heat, a couple of minutes on each side (they cook very quickly, so keep an eye on them).


Cathy from Ephrata said...

Mmmm, sounds delicious.

Guess what I ate this weekend? I cut the tops off my organic garlic plants which are almost ready to harvest. Sauteed them with some chives in olive oil, then tossed with spaghetti. Very subtle garlic flavor, and quite tasty. I was inspired by your blog ... after seeing you saute radishes, I thought "why not?"

Promila said...

Oh my, I'm so un-inventive. The meatballs sound and look divine - I'm going to try making them!