Sunday, October 19, 2014

Lamb Balls - Bliss stuffed with cheese

I love, love, love shopping at ethnic stores. Not just because they remind me of home, even if they are not my "native"  culture (growing up in Germany, we become very culturally diverse), but because the prices are so much better than a regular store. I do not shop at regular grocery stores very often anyways :).

I am fortunate to live in a city that is culturally diverse. I regularly go to the German butcher, the Russion grocery store, and the Halal market.

On my recent visit t the Halal market, I purchased the following goodies hat made tonight's meal a jiff:

  • Medium CousCous (ready in 5 minutes!!! All you have to do is cover with hot water, and wait!)
  • Sadaf Kebab Seasoning (the seasoning packets are divine at the Halal store. And they are cheap!)
  • Tahini (OMG>...never, ever buy this at the health food store!)
  • Bulgarian Sheep Cheese (I had this already, I always by a big block at CostCo, cuz' I love it! You can get this tart, firm sheep cheese at both the Russian store open, and the Halal market has it too. Or CostCo.) Cut & crumble in a small bowl.
and you will need: 
  • 2lbs of ground lamb (I purchased mine from a friend. Kissed that lamb, and know how lovingly it was raised. Get your meat local if you can!)
  • Green mixed salad
  • 1 egg
  • 1 onion.

Heat up your big cast iron pot with olive oil.  Slice 1/2 large onion, fry in pot.

Boil some water for couscous.  When it boils, cover couscous with water and cover.

Mix the seasoning into your meat with 1 egg.  Form medium sized balls, make an ident, fill with sheep cheese, and close. Once the onions are brown, begin putting the balls into the pot.

As you lamb balls brown, start making the tahini sauce according to the recipe on the jar :). Or buy prepared Tahini sauce.  Wash & drain salad, mix with Tahini sauce (I use my hands, the sauce is thick).

Turn your lamb balls. They should be crispy on the outside, it takes about 15-20 to be done.

Fluff your couscous and add some butter!

Arrange couscous, salad, and balls. Drip some Tahini sauce on the lamb balls and ENJOY!