Celebrate spring with easy lamb meatballs made with fresh mint and cilantro. Serve them with cheesy mashed potatoes to keep the comfort-food quotient high.
What You Need
Original recipe yields 8 servings
1 jar (16 oz.) TACO BELL® Thick & Chunky Salsa
2-1/2 cups water, divided
1 pkg. (6 oz.) STOVE TOP Stuffing Mix for Chicken, crushed
2 lb. ground lamb
1 onion, finely chopped
1/2 cup chopped fresh mint
1/2 cup chopped fresh cilantro
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 cup KRAFT Shredded Cheddar & Monterey Jack Cheeses
4 cups hot cooked mashed potatoes
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Let's Make It
Bring salsa and 2 cups water to boil in large saucepan, stirring occasionally.
Meanwhile, mix stuffing mix, meat, onions, eggs, mint, cilantro, garlic and remaining water in large bowl. Shape into 24 balls, about 1/4 cup each. Drop meatballs gently into boiling salsa mixture; cover.
Simmer on medium heat 18 to 20 min. or until meatballs are cooked through (165°F).
Stir cheese into mashed potatoes just before serving. Top potatoes with hot meatballs.
Serve with your favorite steamed vegetable to round out the meal.
Purchasing Ground Lamb
When purchasing ground lamb, always check the label to ensure that the meat has been ground on the day of purchase. If you can't use the meat immediately, wrap it tightly and freeze until ready to use. For best quality, use within 2 months.
Use a small ice cream scoop with a release mechanism to easily shape meat mixture into balls. The scoops lets you shape the meatballs without using your hands so there's less chance of spreading bacteria from the raw meat around your kitchen.
How to Make Sauce Thicker
Remove meatballs from pan and keep warm. Bring sauce to a boil until it reaches desired consistency.
Calories From Fat
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 23g
Saturated Fat 10g
Trans Fat 0g
Total Carbohydrates 42g
Dietary Fiber 4g
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.
* Nutrition information is estimated based on the ingredients and cooking instructions as described in each recipe and is intended to be used for informational purposes only. Please note that nutrition details may vary based on methods of preparation, origin and freshness of ingredients used.