Minty lamb meatballs with pearl couscous

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Have you ever met a carb you didn’t like? Cheese and I haven’t. We live on carbs. Carbs are our life. Pictured above is the day we discovered a new carb, and boy did we like it. Serve us a plate of couscous and we’ll only be moderately excited. Serve us a plate of pearl couscous and we will love you forever. The texture of these little pearls is almost pasta-like, yet different; it’s soft and chewy at the same time.

Let’s also have a little talk about those meatballs, because these aren’t just any meatballs. Have you ever had mint with your lamb? Because if you have, you’ll know what we are talking about. This classic combo is a match made in heaven, for sure. Also, we felt like the lamb mince we used allowed for one of the juiciest meatballs we’ve had in basically ever. I guess it’s safe to say that you have to try either of these dishes, preferably in combination and with the super simple yoghurt sauce. We will walk you through the recipe below; it’s really all about collecting and chopping your ingredients and then basically throwing everything together.. Easy peasy!

Meatballs (2 pers)
○ 300 g of minced lamb meat ○ 1 egg ○ small handful of chopped mint ○ 1 chopped red chili ○ 2 minced garlic cloves ○ 3-4 tablespoons of breadcrumbs

In a large bowl, combine all ingredients and mix (with your hands). Heat up a large frying pan on medium high heat with a thin layer of vegetable oil and place the meatballs in. Rotate once every minute to cook all sides until goldenbrown.

Couscous (2 pers)
○ 150 g pearl couscous ○ two diced bell peppers (e.g. red and green) ○ 1 diced red onion ○ 100 g cubed feta ○ 1 teaspoon paprika powder ○ 1 teaspoon oregano ○ 1/2 teaspoon dried koriander

Bring water to a boil in a medium-sized pot (double the amount of your couscous), then add the pearl couscous. Lower the heat to medium and cook for ten minutes until the pearls are slightly soft. In a separate small frying pan, heat up some vegetable oil and lightly fry the onion and bell peppers (2-3 minutes on medium high). Once the couscous is finished, combine the couscous, vegetables and feta. Add in the paprika, oregano, koriander and season with salt and pepper. Can be served warm or cold!

Yoghurt sauce (2 pers)
○ 4 tablespoons of Greek yoghurt ○ 1 minced garlic clove ○ 1 tablespoon of chopped mint and/or ○ 1 tablespoon of chopped chives

Combine all ingredients and stir well.

If our introduction above hasn’t convinced you to make this beautiful dinner, we don’t know what will.. So there’s really not much left to say other than 1. you have to try pearl couscous and 2. you have to make minty lamb meatballs. Drizzle both with our simple yoghurt sauce and you have yourself a wonderful meal!

Love,

Cheese and Chinese

 

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9 thoughts on “Minty lamb meatballs with pearl couscous

  1. Pearl couscous is one of those things that I have a bit of a problem with the texture… Could be that I just had a not so good recipe… 🙂 I’m more a fan of things like spelt, bulghur and such but those meatballs would work with any of those! Looks delicious!

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