These tasty nutmeg seasoned meatballs are cooked in a creamy, wholegrain mustard sauce and served with tagliatelle.
Lamb Meatballs in a Creamy Sauce
Prepares: 4 servings
- Preparation time: 50 minutes
- Refrigeration time: 1 hour
- Cooking time: 1 hour (oven)
- 2 slices white bread
- 2 tbsp milk
- 1 small onion, peeled and finely chopped
- 450g (1 lb) lamb mince/ground lamb
- 2 eggs, medium (U.K.)/large (N.A.), beaten
- salt and freshly ground black pepper
- ¼ tsp freshly grated nutmeg
- 28g (1 oz) butter (2 tbsp, or ¼ stick)
- 600ml (20 fl oz) chicken stock (2½ cups)
- 1 tbsp wholegrain mustard
- 300ml (10 fl oz) crème frâiche (1¼ cups)
- 2 tbsp cornflour/cornstarch
- To serve
- serve with tagliatelle and a green salad
- You will also need a large frying pan/skillet and a deep sided casserole dish
- Preheat oven to 180°C (350°F) (gas 4)
- Remove the crusts from the bread and cut into rough pieces. Place in a bowl and moisten with the milk. Mix with a fork to break up into crumbs.
- In a large bowl, mix together the soaked breadcrumbs, onion, lamb, eggs, seasoning, and nutmeg until thoroughly combined.
- Shape into 32 meatballs, using wet fingers. Just keep a small bowl of water nearby. (Fingers dipped in flour will just become sticky.) Place them on a plate, cover, and chill for 1 hour to firm up.
- Heat half the butter in the pan/skillet over a medium heat. When the butter is foaming, add half the meatballs. Shake them in the pan to keep them moving and cook until browned all over, about 5 minutes. Transfer them to the casserole dish using a slotted spoon. Repeat with the remaining meatballs, adding extra butter if needed.
- Pour the stock into the panskillet. Bring to the boil, scraping off any bits stuck to the bottom of the pan. Then stir in the mustard. Pour over the meatballs. Cover the dish with foil and cook above the centre of the oven for 45 minutes.
- Mix the crème frâiche and cornflour/cornstarch together in a bowl, then stir into the casserole until well blended. Return to the oven for a further 15 minutes, uncovered, until bubbling. The sauce will become thick.
- Serve over tagliatelle, and a salad on the side.
Updated: April 14, 2018