September 26, 2019

Sweet Chili American Lamb Meatball Lettuce Wraps


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12 to 16 wraps

lamb loin chops with cucumber mint salad and sweet and smoky tahini


  • Nonstick cooking spray
  • 2 egg yolks
  • 2 tablespoons grated fresh ginger
  • 2 tablespoons minced garlic
  • 4 teaspoons soy sauce
  • 1 pound ground American Lamb
  • 1 cup Panko bread crumbs
  • 1/2 cup Thai sweet chili sauce
  • 2 heads Boston or Bibb lettuce, washed, leaves separated (12 to 16 leaves)
  • 1/2 cup slivered almonds
  • 1/4 cup chopped fresh basil
  • 4 red cherry chile peppers, thinly sliced (optional)


Preheat broiler to high. Spray rimmed baking pan with cooking spray. In large bowl, whisk egg yolks, ginger, garlic and soy sauce until well combined. Add lamb and bread crumbs; stir (or mix with hands) until just combined. Do not over mix. Using hands, gently form mixture into small meatballs (about the size of a large marble), and place on prepared pan. Mixture should make about 50 to 55 meatballs. 

Transfer meatballs to oven, about 2 inches from broiler. Cook 6 to 8 minutes, or until internal temperature reaches 165°F, turning occasionally. Transfer meatballs to clean large bowl. Add sweet chili sauce; toss until well combined. 

Place lettuce leaves on large platter; divide meatballs between leaves (3 to 4 meatballs per leaf). Sprinkle almonds and basil over meatballs. Serve with chile peppers, if desired.

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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