This will be the final chapter of my meatball series, I’m afraid. All good things must come to an end, wouldn’t you agree?

I sure am ending this thing with a bang, though. My latest creation, i.e these very Pistachio Date Lamb Meatballs, is totally out of this world if you ask me. Especially if like me you happen to have a really sweet spot for lamb.

Of course, ground lamb would be at the base of these delicious meatballs, but they’re also loaded with tons of pieces of dates and pistachios, which gives them a refreshingly sweet and surprisingly delicious flavor!

The addition of fresh mint and rosemary to this winning combination simply takes these meatballs to the next level. They are what I would call the apotheosis of the sweet and savory deliciousness.

Trust me if you love lamb and are a fan of sweet and salty, your tongue will flip over backwards in your mouth with every new bite.

Pistachio Date Lamb Meatballs by Sonia! The Healthy Foodie | Recipe on thehealthyfoodie.com

If you’ve followed the whole Meatball Friday series thus far, I’m guessing that you pretty much know the drill by now and probably could make my meatballs with your eyes closed. This time again, the modus operandi remains the same… the meatballs get baked in the oven and finish cooking in a delicious liquid, which they soak up flavor and all while it reduces down to a deliciously sticky glaze.

With that in mind, the first thing that you’ll want to be doing is preheat your oven to 450°F and line a 18″ x 26″ baking sheet with parchment paper.

Then, combine all the ingredients for the meatballs in a large mixing bowl and knead well with clean hands, until fully combined.

Pistachio Date Lamb Meatballs by Sonia! The Healthy Foodie | Recipe on thehealthyfoodie.com

Loosely form the meat into 48 small meatballs, roughly the size of a ping-pong ball and place them on the prepared pan.

As usual, to make your job easier, I strongly recommend the use of a small spring-loaded ice cream scoop.

Pistachio Date Lamb Meatballs by Sonia! The Healthy Foodie | Recipe on thehealthyfoodie.com

Arrange the meatballs on the prepared baking sheet…

Pistachio Date Lamb Meatballs by Sonia! The Healthy Foodie | Recipe on thehealthyfoodie.com

And bake the meatballs in the preheated 450°F for 10 minutes. After that time, decrease the oven temperature to 375°F and continue baking the meatballs for another 8 minutes, or until they start to turn golden brown.

Pistachio Date Lamb Meatballs by Sonia! The Healthy Foodie | Recipe on thehealthyfoodie.com

While the meatballs are baking, combine all the ingredients for the glaze in a saute pan, whisk until well combined and bring to a slow simmer.

Pistachio Date Lamb Meatballs by Sonia! The Healthy Foodie | Recipe on thehealthyfoodie.com

Add the baked meatballs to the simmering liquid and simmer uncovered over medium heat for 8 to 10 minutes, until the sauce is reduced to a thick and sticky glaze.

These Pistachio Date Lamb Meatballs are loaded with tons of morsels of dates and pistachios for a refreshingly sweet and supringly delicious flavor!

Garnish with a handful of chopped fresh mint, pitted dates and pistachios. Serve without delay.

These Pistachio Date Lamb Meatballs are loaded with tons of morsels of dates and pistachios for a refreshingly sweet and supringly delicious flavor!

Look at that amazing sauce!!! So hot, sticky and sweet!

Now wait until you get to taste it… tongue = backflips, guaranteed!

These Pistachio Date Lamb Meatballs are loaded with tons of morsels of dates and pistachios for a refreshingly sweet and surprisingly delicious flavor!

Pistachio Date Lamb Meatballs

 

Ingredients

For the meatballs

  • 1kg (2.2lb) ground lamb
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 cup (140g | 4.9oz) finely chopped pistachios
  • 1 cup (150g | 5.2oz) chopped pitted dates (about 20)
  • ½ cup (50g | 1.8oz) rolled oats
  • 3 tbsp finely chopped fresh mint
  • 1 tbsp finely chopped fresh rosemary
  • 1 tsp dried mustard
  • ½ tsp salt (I use Himalayan salt)
  • ½ tsp ground black pepper

For the glaze

To garnish (optional)

  • fresh mint, choppped dates and chopped pistachios

Instructions

  1. Preheat your oven to 450°F; line a 18″ x 26″ baking sheet with parchment paper.
  2. Combine all the ingredients for the meatballs in a large mixing bowl and knead well with clean hands, until fully combined.
  3. Loosely form the meat into 48 small meatballs, roughly the size of a ping-pong ball and place them on the prepared pan. To make your job easier, the use of a small spring-loaded ice cream scoop is highly recommended
  4. Bake the meatballs at 450°F for 10 minutes and then decrease the oven temperature to 375°F and continue baking for another 8 minutes, or until they start to turn golden brown.
  5. Meanwhile, combine all the ingredients for the glaze in a saute pan, whisk until well combined and bring to a slow simmer.
  6. Add the baked meatballs to the simmering liquid and simmer uncovered over medium heat for 8 to 10 minutes, until the sauce is reduced to a thick glaze.
  7. Garnish with a handful of chopped fresh mint, pitted dates and pistachios. Serve without delay.

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These Pistachio Date Lamb Meatballs are loaded with tons of morsels of dates and pistachios for a refreshingly sweet and surprisingly delicious flavor!

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