Spiced Meatballs with Harissa Yogurt, Rocket & Toasted Pitas

Serves 6-8

  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 1 small onion, finely chopped,
  • 1 garlic clove, finely chopped
  • 1 Tbls grated ginger
  • 1 Stalk Lemongrass, inner core finely chopped
  • 400g beef mince
  • 1 egg, lightly beaten
  • ¼ cup chopped coriander
  • 2/3 cups breadcrumbs
  • 1 packet pita or tortillas, cut into triangles and grilled
  • 300g rocket leaves, washed

For the Harissa Sauce

  • 2 Tsp Harissa spice
  • 1 Lemon, juiced
  • 2/3 cup whole egg mayonnaise or greek yogurt
  • Salt and Pepper

1. Preheat oven and line a baking tray with grease proof paper.

2. Heat olive oil in a large frying pan, add diced onion, garlic, grated ginger, finely chopped lemon grass and harissa spice. Cook for 2-4 minutes until soft and tender. Season and transfer to a bowl.

3. Add mince meat, lightly beaten egg, breadcrumbs and chopped coriander, mix well to combine and roll mixture into small 20cm meatballs. Pan fry in a little olive oil until golden brown and cooked through.

4. Wash the rocket leaves and arrange onto large plates with toasted/grilled pita wedges.

5. To make the harissa sauce, combine mayonnaise, harissa and lemon juice in a mixing bowl – mix well. Season and serve in small dip bowls in centre of the platter. Garnish with fresh wedges of lemon and serve hot.

Spiced Meatballs with Harissa Yogurt, Rocket & Toasted Pitas

This is a great snack or share plate for all and my student's really enjoyed each component of the dish together. You could easily use minced lamb or chicken as an alternative - or sweet potato for a vegetarian option.  

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