Monday, June 11, 2012

Lamb Meatball Pizza {cooking club}

Have you ever had lamb? I actually hadn't until our first cooking club meeting this spring when my friend brought some to try. Fast forward a month and I was contacted by Superior Farms to participate in their Supper Club contest. I love free food and I really wanted to try some new recipes, so of course I said yes. Last week, a box arrived on my doorstep with three different cuts of lamb for me to sample. It was perfect timing because that night I had cooking club! Superior Farms sent me ground lamb, rack of lamb, and leg of lamb. I decided to make a lamb meatball pizza for cooking club. I shared the new pizza dough that I used last night on the blog. Today, I'm going to share the meatball recipe (which is very tasty all on it's own) and the pizza recipe. We had such a fun time at cooking club and everyone raved over the pizza, so I consider the recipe a success! 

Lamb Meatball Pizza
inspired from crumbly cookie

for the meatballs:
1 pound ground lamb
1 egg
1 tablespoon dijon mustard
1 teaspoon dried parsley
2 tablespoons minced garlic
1/4 teaspoon thyme
2 teaspoons kosher salt

for the pizza:
1 prepared dough (this recipe makes three, use one)
pizza sauce
1 medium onion
1 tablespoon olive oil
2-3 cups mozzarella cheese, shredded
1/4 cup Parmesan cheese, shredded
a bunch of spinach leaves, maybe 15
1/4 -1/2 cup feta cheese
1/4 teaspoon basil
1/4 teaspoon dried parsley
red pepper to taste
salt and pepper to taste

Preheat oven to 400 degrees F. Prepare the meatballs. In a large bowl, combine all ingredients for meatballs. Mix together with hands until all ingredients are incorporated. Form meat into meatballs about 1/2 inch in diameter. Prepare baking sheet with either nonstick spray or place cooling rack on top of baking sheet so that the grease will drop off below the meatballs. I used the cooling rack. Place in preheated oven for 5 minutes, flip over and bake for another 5 minutes. Remove to a plate lined with paper towel to drain excess grease.

While meatballs are baking, start to cook the onions. Heat olive oil in skillet. Slice onion into thin slices and add to hot oil. Stir constantly for about a minute and then reduce heat. Continue to cook over medium-low heat for 10-15 minutes until onions are cooked and golden. 

To make pizza, increase oven temperature to 450 degrees F. If using pizza stone, put in oven to heat up. To get pizza ready, roll out dough on cookie sheet, in any shape you desire. Top with desired amount of pizza sauce. Then top with about a cup of mozzarella cheese, next the onions, some more cheese, spinach leaves, the feta cheese, the remaining mozzarella cheese and Parmesan cheese and lastly the basil, parsley, red pepper, salt, and pepper. 

Transfer pizza to hot stone or place cookie sheet into oven. Bake for about 8-12 minutes, until cheese is bubbly and crust is golden brown. Remove from oven, let cook for 3-5 minutes and serve hot!

1 comment:

SkinnyMommy said...

That pizza looks so delicious--Thanks for sharing!


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