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October 15, 2018

American Lamb Kofta Meatballs with Coconut Jasmine Rice and Sautéed Zucchini & Pistachios

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Recipe Provided By
"Rustic Joyful Food"
Prep Time

20 min

Cook Time

20 to 25 min

Total Time

40 to 45 min

Servings

4

American Lamb Kofta Meatballs with Coconut Jasmine Rice and Sauteed Zucchini & Pistachios in a bowl topped with fresh parsley

Ingredients

American Lamb Kofta Meatballs

  • 1 pound ground American Lamb
  • 1/2 cup crumbled feta
  • 1/2 cup bread crumbs
  • 1/4 cup finely chopped pistachios
  • 1/4 cup finely chopped mint
  • 2 cloves crushed garlic
  • 1 egg
  • Salt and pepper, to taste

Coconut Jasmine Rice

  • 2 cups jasmine rice
  • 1 (15-ounce) can full-fat coconut milk
  • 1-3/4 cups chicken broth
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 1 cup chopped cilantro
  • 1 lime, sliced into wedges 

Sautéed Zucchini & Pistachios

  • 2 medium-sized zucchinis
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1/2 cup chopped pistachios
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 2 chopped cloves garlic

Directions

For the American Lamb Kofta Meatballs: In a bowl, thoroughly combine lamb, feta, bread crumbs, pistachios, mint, garlic, egg, salt and pepper; try not to over-mix. 

Roll meat mixture into bite-sized meatballs, about 1 tablespoon. Place meatballs at least 2 inches apart on a foil or parchment-lined baking sheet. Bake at 375 degrees F 15 to 20 minutes. While the meatballs bake, prepare rice and zucchini. 

For the Coconut Jasmine Rice: In a pan over medium-high heat, bring rice, coconut milk, broth, salt and pepper to a boil. Reduce heat to low; cook covered for 15 minutes until rice is cooked and liquid is absorbed. Sprinkle cilantro over the top of the cooked rice; fluff rice with a fork to mix the cilantro in. Serve with slices of lime.

For the Sautéed Zucchini & Pistachios: Heat a large heavy-bottom skillet over medium heat. Slice the zucchini thinly on the bias. Add oil, zucchini, pistachios, garlic, salt, and pepper to a heated skillet; sauté until pistachios are toasted and zucchini is softened and browned slightly.

USDA recommends the following time and temperature parameters

Ground Lamb

Internal temperature of 160°F

All Other Cuts

Internal temperature of 145°F, with a 3 minute rest

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Visit our Lamb Cooking Time & Temperature page for recipe inspiration and tips on preparing the perfect lamb.
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