lamb meatball sandwiches with mint yogurt sauce

Assignment: What I Did During My Summer Vacation.
Due: Five Days Ago

Dear Teacher,

I decided I am not going to do this particular assignment, so be it if it gets me off on the wrong foot with you. But the above picture will pretty much give you an idea of how I feel. I am the one with no head and that other dude, I call him 'LIFE' well let's just say he is playing a fierce game of kickball with my emotions. See teacher, I just packed off one kid to college and it's way too quite around the house. Even my other kids aren't so sure what to do. That kid going off to college was their spokesperson and leader and they are somewhat lost. Life also decided to get double team up with Plumbing Issues and committed one tremendous foul stinky mess. After Plumbing Issues was red carded and ejected from the game here came $34,000 medical error. That one was a doozy all because one person couldn't do their job and transposed some numbers we are stuck in  HOLD PLEASE WE NEED TO TRANSFER YOU TO THIS NUMBER. HOLD PLEASE REPEAT YOUR INFORMATION THIS IS THE WRONG DEPARTMENT WE NEED TO TRANSFER YOU HOLD PLEASE HELL. Other than that Rich had surgery, Drew had four teeth extracted and braces put on. Nancy had her heart broken by an cowardly adult. I decided to do something that my kids recommended I should do and am now on the equivalent of our school's PTA board as president no less.

So Teacher, I am tired, emotionally worn out, and financially drained. I don't want to write your stupid assignment. I offer you these lamb meat ball sandwiches as a trade. So good... they have that lamb taste that is tempered by the nut and raisins in the actual meatball. Plus with the mint and yogurt sauce, these sandwiches are pretty darn tasty. I'd rather have this than an essay on my bummer of a summer vacation.

Evil Chef Mom

lamb meatball sandwiches with mint yogurt sauce: fresh home magazine summer 2010


1 egg
1/3 cup finely chopped red onions
1/3 cup chopped golden raisins (DO NOT LEAVE THESE OUT!)
1/4 cup finely chopped walnuts
2 tablespoons minced fresh mint
2 tablespoons olive oil, divided
2 garlic cloves, minced
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 pound ground lamb

mint yogurt sauce:

1 cup plain greek yogurt
1/2 cup peeled and chopped cucumber
2 green onions, sliced
1 tablespoon minced fresh mint
1 teaspoon lemon juice
1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
1/8 teaspoon sea salt
1/8 teaspoon coarsely ground pepper


4 hoagie rolls


thinly sliced cucumber
thinly sliced red onion
thinly sliced tomatoes
fresh arugula

for the meatballs:

In a large bowl, combine the egg, onion, raisins, walnuts, mint, 1 tablespoon of oil, garlic, and salt. Crumble meat over mixture and mix well. Shape into ping pong sized balls.

In a large skillet, brown meatballs in remaining oil in batches. Drain in paper towels. Place on a greased rack in a shallow pan. Bake, uncovered, at 350 degrees for 13-15 minutes or until a meat thermometer reads 160 degrees.

Meanwhile in a small bowl, combine the sauce ingredients. Line buns with arugula, cucumber, onion, and tomato slices. Top with mint yogurt sauce.


Jennifer said...

You are back! Hurray! Sorry about your craptastic summer. The sammy looks wonderful but I just got braces too and I bet I could not eat it :(

Mrs. L said...

I'd trade for the lamb meatball sandwich in a heartbeat!

The Cutting Edge of Ordinary said...

Krysta you make me smile. Happy your back. Sorry for all the shitty things that have been happening. Those lamb meatballs look delicious. I've never had lamb before, but I'd try those.

stacey said...

i've been in evilchefmom withdraws...

me again said...

You're ba-ack!
YAY :-)

Melissa said...

Those look so awesome. My lamb burgers with mint feta sauce were a big fail. You got me on this one, you stinker.

And I am going to give you such a huuuug when I see you. ;)


Lots of love and strength to the other sous chefs. Soon enough things will feel adjusted. Different but okay. *Sigh*

SaintTigerlily said...

If I lived next door I'd be headed over with cocktails and salty snacks.

I'm Cassie.... said...


on the flip side, i, like everyone else, missed you and your blogging. thanks for coming back :)

TexasDeb said...

Losing your oldest to the Wonderful World of College is a biggie, no question. It was when my baby left that really swept my emotional legs out from under however. It matters not - the suffering eases and the time between Gone and Home for Thanksgiving goes by mercifully quickly. Good to have you back on the Web.

Stash said...

I can taste them already.

Like the Greek version of banh mi. :)

A Little Yumminess said...

Yum! I would have left the raisins out but now I wont :)

Mags @ the Other Side of 50 said...

I love your blog and am only sorry that I didn't find it sooner.