Around this time every year, I find myself caught in the thick of planning for holiday gatherings. I want to make sure I serve guests tasty treats that are hearty, healthy, and different from the turkey overload experienced during the holidays. That’s where this delicious mint meatball appetizer recipe with a tangy yogurt dipping sauce comes in handy for any party. It really stands out and I always get asked for the recipe.
These Mint Meatballs Are A Tasty, Healthy Appetizer
These delicious meatball appetizers are both heart-healthy and relatively low-calorie, although my guests would never guess it! I use lean meat, such as Laura’s Lean Beef, which provides naturally low fat goodness, packed with protein. Warm, filling and delicious, these small lean snacks satisfy the appetites of guests without adding unnecessary calories. Protein-packed appetizers pair perfectly with healthy dips, casseroles and vegetable platters, allowing guests to enjoy party treats while keeping their eating on track – even during the holidays.
My Mint Meatballs call for a combination of lean beef and lamb that make a great twist on the traditional meatball. This Greek meatball recipe also substitutes mint for the usual basil or parsley. You’ll love the additional kick of flavor. This recipe makes 50 one-bite meatballs. This mini meatball appetizer recipe is quick and easy to prepare, even ahead of time (cook, cool and refrigerate or freeze; the meatballs reheat well), leaving more time to relax and enjoy the company of friends and family. The cooling yogurt sauce is so full of flavor as well and really makes these meatballs an extra satisfying treat.
Greek Meatball Appetizer With Yogurt Dipping Sauce
Meatball Appetizer Ingredients:
3/4 pound 96% lean ground sirloin
1/4 pound lean ground lamb
1 egg white
2 tablespoons seasoned bread crumbs
1/2 cup fresh mint leaves, chopped
1/4 cup finely chopped onion
1 clove garlic, minced
Yogurt Sauce Ingredients (Tzatziki Sauce):
1 cup non-fat Greek yogurt
1/2 clove garlic, pressed
2 tablespoons minced fresh mint
1 tablespoon minced fresh dill
1/2 cucumber, skinned, seeded and grated (about 1/2 cup)
1 tablespoon lemon juice
1/4 teaspoon salt
dash of black pepper
How To Make Beef and Lamb Meatballs With Yogurt Dipping Sauce
Preheat oven to 375°F.
Mix beef, lamb, egg white, bread crumbs, mint, onion and garlic in large bowl.
Roll out bite-sized meatballs (about 3/4-inch rounds) and place on broiling rack or cooling rack placed over baking tray. You may want to line the baking pan with aluminum foil for easy clean up.
Bake 15 minutes.
While meatballs bake, combine yogurt, garlic, mint, dill, cucumber, lemon juice, salt and pepper. Mix well. Garnish with extra fresh mint.
Serve meatballs warm with cool yogurt sauce for dipping.
To make ahead, cook completely, cool and refrigerate. To serve, warm in 250°F oven until just warmed and serve with chilled yogurt dipping sauce.
Printable Meatball Appetizer Recipe Card:
Nutrition Information for 1 meatball (16g)
Calories 20; Calories from Fat 8 (40% from Fat); Fat 1g; Saturated Fat 0g; Cholesterol 5mg; Sodium 25mg; Carbohydrate 1g; Fiber 0g; Protein 2g; Vitamin A 1%; Vitamin C 0%; Calcium 0%; Iron 2%
Nutrition Information for 1 Tablespoon Yogurt Sauce
Calories 6; Calories from Fat 0 (0% from Fat); Fat 0g; Saturated Fat 0g; Cholesterol 0mg; Sodium 28mg; Carbohydrate 1g; Fiber 0g; Protein 1g; Vitamin A 1%; Vitamin C 0%; Calcium 0%; Iron 1%
Do you think you will try this meatball appetizer recipe? Have you tried mint meatballs before? They are sure to be a hit! Tag us in your photos #familyfocusblog!