with garlicky tahini sauce and minted-chickpea mash
Prep & Cook Time:30-40 min.
Cook Within:5 days
Spice Level:Not Spicy
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This dish is chock-full of Mediterranean flavors, from the lamb meatballs to the savory mint-chickpea mash. The lemony, garlicky tahini sauce (tahini is a sesame paste with a light, nutty flavor) pushes this dish over the edge of splendor while simultaneously adding perfect balance. Don’t blame us if you want to make this dish every night!
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You Will Need
Before You Cook
To ensure food safety, the FDA recommends the following as minimum internal cooking temperatures:
Steak and Pork 145° F (rest cooked meat, 3 minutes) |
Seafood 145° F |
Chicken 165° F |
Ground Beef 160° F |
Ground Turkey 165° F |
Ground Pork 160° F
Prepare the Ingredients
Peel and mince shallot. Mince garlic. Zest lemon, halve, and juice. Stem mint, stack leaves, roll into a long cylinder, and slice across the length to create very thin strips (chiffonade). Drain and rinse chickpeas in colander.
Form the Meatballs
Combine ground beef-lamb, shallot, liquid egg, half the lemon zest, ½ tsp. salt, and ¼ tsp. pepper in a mixing bowl until well-mixed. Form into 8 golf ball-sized meatballs. Place on prepared baking sheet and bake 15-18 minutes, or until meatballs reach a minimum internal temperature of 165 degrees. Thoroughly wash mixing bowl for chickpea mash.
Make Tahini Sauce
Combine tahini, garlic, 1 Tbsp. lemon juice, and ¼ cup water in a small bowl. Whisk until combined and season with ¼ tsp. salt and a pinch of pepper. Set aside.
Make Chickpea Mash
In just-washed mixing bowl, mash chickpeas with a fork or potato masher until coarsely mashed. Add 1 Tbsp. lemon juice and mint. Mix and season with ½ tsp. salt and a pinch of pepper. Add 1 Tbsp. water at a time, if necessary, to give chickpeas a spreadable texture.
Wrap pitas in a foil packet and place in hot oven for 2-3 minutes until warm and pliable. Alternatively, wrap pitas in a paper towel and microwave 30 seconds.
Plate the Dish
In a small bowl, toss half the arugula with 1 tsp. lemon juice and 2 tsp. olive oil. Season with a pinch of salt and pepper and garnish with remaining zest. Schmear minted-chickpea mash on pita. Top with four meatballs and remaining arugula. Serve with arugula salad and tahini sauce.
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