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Cooking Ahead: Lamb Meatballs

I'm having a Slow Travel party in six weeks. It may sound early, but this weekend we began cooking ahead for the event on October 20. I'm not going to share the whole menu YET, but let's just say I'll be making 18 items for at least 43 people. This requires some planning. I do as much as possible ahead of time, so I've been emptying my freezer in order to FILL IT UP!

This weekend Brad and I made 192 lamb meatballs (plus a few for dinner in order to taste test)! We made mint pesto to go with them.

We used 7 pounds of ground leg of lamb. Here is the recipe for a 1 lb. batch:

1 pound ground lamb
1/3 onion, chopped
1 garlic clove, chopped
1/4 c. chopped Italian parsley
1 egg yolk
1/2 c. bread crumbs
1/3 c. grated parmigiano cheese
several mint leaves, chopped
salt and freshly ground pepper

Here is Brad mixing the ingredients into the meat as I added them.
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I rolled 192 meatballs while he worked on his "Party To Do List".
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We fried the meatballs quickly in hot olive oil.
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We let them drain completely and cool on paper towels.
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Then they went off to the freezer, and we had some for dinner with the fresh mint pesto!
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Comments (5)

sandi @ the whistlestop cafe:

Looking good!
I can't wait =D

Eden:

Hi Palma,

I am really looking forward to attending the event in October. Having been to a couple of your holiday parties with what seemed like over a hundred guests, 43 would seem like a small get together for you.

18 items? Wow, I wonder what you have in store for us...I can already taste the yummy treats!!!

As you publish the menu, the guest list may just grow...

Kim:

Brad is a good man. Remind him to take off his wedding band before he dives into the meat next time - it can get groady :D

Palma:

Kim, I TRIED! He refused to remove his rings. I don't argue with free labor. He washes his hands a lot, and also cleans up the dishes, but there WAS a quantity of parsley and onions on the floor when he was done!

There is nothing in the world more appealing than a man with his hands in food up to the elbows. I am in love.

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