Thursday, August 7, 2014

Meatballs with Couscous & Feta

In the busyness of the work week, coming home and throwing dinner together each night can quickly become a burden. My favorite part about cooking (besides eating, duh) is trying new recipes, but I don't often want to try something new on a weeknight without knowing how long it might end up taking, or if it will even be tasty once I go to all the effort. I found this recipe linked on this blog and thought it sounded delicious. I was pleasantly surprised to find that per the recipe's instructions, this whole dinner really only took 25 minutes (so many times those recipes lie!), AND it was delicious. I don't often cook with lamb (read: never), so I substituted ground venison. Substitute with your preferred ground meat and you have a delicious and easy weeknight dinner!

Meatballs with Couscous & Feta
1 pound ground lamb, beef, or venison
1/4 cup dried apricots, finely chopped
1/2 tsp ground coriander
1/2 small red onion, finely chopped
salt and freshly ground black pepper
1 cup couscous
3 Tbsp olive oil
3 Tbsp fresh lemon juice
2 tomatoes, sliced
1/2 cucumber, halved and thinly sliced
4 oz Feta, crumbled

Heat broiler. In medium bowl, combine the meat, apricots, coriander, chopped onion, 1/2 tsp salt, and 1/4 tsp pepper. Form the meat into 1 1/2-inch meatballs (about 20) and place them on a broiler-proof baking sheet. Broil until cooked through, 8-10 minutes.

Meanwhile, place the couscous in a bowl. Add 1 cup hot tap water, cover, and let sit for 5 minutes. Fluff with a fork.

In a small bowl, mix together the oil, lemon juice, and 1/4 tsp each salt and pepper.

Serve the couscous with the meatballs, tomatoes, cucumber, and Feta. Drizzle with the dressing.

source: recipe from Real Simple, October 2010


  1. This looks delish!! I'll have to try

  2. This seriously looks delicious!!!

  3. Looks good! Although, I would never use venison (and I can't believe you did!!), but ground beef would be delicious. I've never tried meatballs in the broiler, but that's such a quicker way to do it!