Monday, May 04, 2009

Lamb Pine Nut Meatballs


Ok, ok, not meatballs exactly perhaps, but flattened meatballs. Or patties. Burgers? In Swedish, they'd be called "biffar", which is also the same word as for "steaks", so it's not very useful in this case. Anyway - whatever you call them, they are utterly delicious. We had them as part of a small spread with tzatziki and pitta bread, but they'd also be perfect with pasta and tomato sauce.

I recently bought another half lamb, so my freezer is stuffed with it - or well, slightly older lamb really, but it's very tasty.

Lamb Pine Nut Meatballs
(printable recipe)

Serves 2

250 g minced lamb
3 tbsp pine nuts
1/2 yellow onion, finely minced
1 egg
1-2 garlic cloves, minced
cayenne pepper

Toast the pine nuts in a dry pan until they're golden and fragrant. Let them cool. Mix the minced lamb with onion, garlic, egg and spices, and add the nuts. Shape into small patties - or regular round meatballs - and fry in olive oil on medium heat for a few minutes on each side.

Recipe in Swedish:
Lammfärsbiffar med pinjenötter


Pene said...

They would be called rissoles if you lived in Australia, Anne. They look delicious!!

square kitchen said...

"buletten" in german ;-). They look great.

Jamie said...

They look exactly like my meatballs! And I love lamb and pine nuts together. I bet they were just fabulous with the tzatziki!

Anonymous said...

maybe patties is the right word?

these are very delicious. i used smoked paprika and a little nutmeg in addition to the cayenne. i forgot to toast the pine nuts, though. still delicious!

Sally said...

Anne: I will *definitely* be trying this.
@Tina- I normally get my Pine Nuts from NutsOnline-- I've looked a fair bit and they seem to consistently have the best prices.
Lovely blog and post Anne-- all looks really tasty!