Greek-spiced Lamb Meatballs in Tomato Sauce

 

Spice up fresh tomato sauce and you have a rich gravy in which to simmer fragrant lamb meatballs. Garnish with tangy feta and serve with a Greek salad and rice or pitas.

What you will need

Nonstick cooking spray

1 cup fresh breadcrumbs, preferably sourdough

1/4 cup low-fat milk

3/4 lb. ground lamb, preferably shoulder meat

1 large egg, lightly beaten

2 Tbs. minced red onion

1 Tbs. minced fresh flat-leaf parsley

2 tsp. minced fresh oregano

1 tsp. minced garlic

1/2 tsp. dried mint

1/4 tsp. ground cinnamon

1/4 tsp. sweet paprika, preferably Hungarian

1/4 tsp. ground allspice

Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper

2 Tbs. extra-virgin olive oil

1 cup finely chopped red onion

2 tsp. finely chopped fresh oregano

1 fresh bay leaf

1 3-inch cinnamon stick

1/2 tsp. ground allspice

1/2 cup dry red wine

2 cups Fresh Tomato Sauce 

Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper

4 oz. feta (preferably Greek), crumbled (scant 1 cup)

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