Saturday, September 3, 2016

CtBF’s Spiced Meatballs with Sriracha Sauce ~~ Merguez Meatballs


CTBF’s Spiced Meatballs with Yogurt Sauce
This week for CtBF'S our pick was Spiced Meatballs with Sriracha Sauce from David Lebovitz' cookbook, "My Paris Kitchen". I was not excited about making these meatballs. My hubby doesn't enjoy spicy food, but I thought he might like them if I didn't overdo the spice. I was partially right. He ate them and said the taste was different, but he preferred his meatballs “Italian Style." Really?  David tells us this is considered street food in Paris. Funny thing is, they reminded me of the middle eastern street food, sold in carts on the streets of NYC. It was the flavor…aka spices. I love those Moroccan flavors!

So glad I had some fresh pita on hand…it made for a perfect dish

I chose to use lamb. I love lamb, and it cooked up so flavorful. My butcher makes a lamb burger mixture that is not too lean; it made perfect meatballs. I cooked mine in my cast iron frypan. The aroma was fabulous.

These were an unexpected surprise…totally delicious!

The photo in David’s cookbook shows him eating his sausage in what looks like a pita to me. I knew that’s the way I would serve mine. I made both sauces because my hubby likes mayo and I prefer yogurt. I also decided to serve mine with sliced tomatoes and cucumbers. I have so many sitting on my counter!  My garden has been quite plentiful this year.

The flavor was wonderfully delicious.  These were a win for me and an ok for my hubby. I know these would be a welcomed dish for either of my sons. They love spicy! I will definitely be making them again. Happy Labor Day weekend everyone! And if you live in the path of Hermine, stay safe!!

My lamb meatballs had a lot of fat, but...

they cooked up perfectly and were marvelous with the yogurt sauce, cucumbers and tomatoes!
Ahhhh….scrumptious!


17 comments:

  1. I'm thinking of wrapping my leftovers in a pita. Looks great that way. I made mine with lamb and did both sauces also. I preferred the yogurt one, though they were both good. I loved these and know I'll be making them again, maybe even as burgers as Mardi did. Have a great weekend, Kathy!

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  2. Yours look great in that sandwich. I loved the sriracha/mayo dip, very tasty. These seem to go over well with everyone, but then again, I haven't found a recipe from David that I did not like. Have a
    great Labor Day weekend.

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  3. Yours look so good in that pita! After reading your post (and Mary's and Candy's) I'm leaning toward using the leftovers in a wrap. Or making these all over again.

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  4. Looks so delicious with the pita! We had it with rice and it was good too!

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  5. I love merguez meatballs! So delicious and so simple. Beautiful, Kathy!

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  6. I made a wrap also but next time will add tomatoes and cucumbers. Great idea. (Although I have no garden anymore. Sob. Sob. Wish I were nearer you and Betsy and Tricia to tag-team your great quantities of produce and fruit.) I thought of you when I was making these, knowing that you're accustomed to using these spices. I am not but definitely it's getting to be a better relationship for me. Sumac and I have bonded and I always have Sriracha in the fridge now. I didn't make the Yogurt-Tahini Sauce. Everyone liked it. Must try next time.

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  7. I know I'd love this Kathy! And I think I'm starting to wear down my husband on food that is spicy (though I am careful not to go overboard too). May have to try this is we get a lamb this year as I expect.

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  8. Lovely meal in that first picture. So well presented! I made the yogurt sauce twice already!

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  9. Oh man that sandwich looks so good. And I really need to make that yogurt sauce. I love how easy these are to make and the flavors aren't overwhelming at all! Happy Labor Day!

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  10. what a sharing i can even say that it has really delicious taste and inviting flavor dear

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  11. These meatballs look terrific! I adore spicy food so I'd probably love this.

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  12. Oh my GOODNESS!!!! Warpping them with the tomato and lettuce! Brilliant idea! We loved these as well!

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  13. When I first saw the picture I thought Middle Eastern food too. I love lamb and these look really good.

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  14. Your photo looks wonderful! great idea with the tahini sauce and tomatoes!! Looks delicious! I made mine with lamb, baked them, Sriracha sauce and Naan. I thought they were great. But if you have a non-spicy lover in the house, I can see how they could be a bit much. But - you tried them!!!

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  15. I made homemade pita over the weekend and now I need the meatballs to go with them! Bill would be the same way---he does like lamb, but the spices would throw him off. Ha! Some things never change :)

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  16. Oh my goodness, Kathy, awesomeness to the thrid power lol...I'm on a pretty strict diet at the moment but...I'd be willing to break it for these spiced up meatballs, I LOVE lamb!!!

    Thank you so much for sharing, Kathy and thank you for the sweet words on my blog. Prayers much appreciated, thank you:)

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