Greek Meatballs with Lemon and Arugula

Total Time:
2 hr 10 min
1 hr 30 min
40 min

6 (about 18 small meatballs)

  • 1/3 cup converted rice
  • 3 large eggs
  • 1/2 pound lean ground lamb
  • 1/2 pound lean ground beef
  • 1/2 cup chopped deli-sliced provolone cheese (about 2 ounces)
  • 1 small onion, finely chopped
  • 1/3 cup chopped fresh mint
  • 1/4 cup chopped fresh parsley
  • 1 teaspoon finely chopped fresh marjoram (or 1/2 teaspoon dried)
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground allspice
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground pepper
  • 3 cups low-sodium chicken broth
  • 1/3 cup fresh lemon juice (from about 3 lemons)
  • 3 cups baby arugula
  • Extra-virgin olive oil, for drizzling
  • Place the rice in a large microwave-safe bowl and add 1 cup water. Cover with plastic wrap, pierce with a knife a few times to vent, then microwave until the water is almost absorbed, 10 minutes. Uncover and fluff the rice with a fork; let cool completely.

  • Lightly beat 1 egg in a small bowl. Add to the bowl with the rice along with the lamb, beef, provolone, onion, half each of the mint and parsley, the marjoram, garlic, allspice, 1 teaspoon salt and 1/2 teaspoon pepper. Mix with your hands until just combined (do not overmix); cover and refrigerate 30 minutes.

  • Dampen your hands and form the meat into 18 balls (about 1 1/2 inches each). Bring the chicken broth to a boil in a large pot or Dutch oven. Add the meatballs, cover and cook over medium heat until tender, about 30 minutes, turning halfway through.

  • Whisk the remaining 2 eggs and the lemon juice in a small bowl until frothy. Remove 1 cup broth from the pot and gradually whisk it into the egg mixture. Push the meatballs to one side of the pot; reduce the heat to low and pour the egg mixture into the other side. Cook, stirring gently, until the sauce thickens slightly, about 4 minutes. Remove from the heat and stir in the remaining mint and parsley; season with salt and pepper. Serve the meatballs and sauce in shallow bowls. Top with arugula, drizzle with olive oil and season with salt and pepper.

  • Photograph by Christina Holmes

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