Lamb and Leek Meatballs with Onion Egg-Lemon Sauce (Κεφτέδες με Πράσα και Αβγολέμονο)

I redeemed myself tonight. My sad story about an unfortunate lamb tagine has a happy ending.

Two days ago, after deciding the tagine was not worth eating, I’d rinsed off the meat and threw away every bit of the nasty sauce. I was left with tender chunks of leftover lamb. Tonight I ground the lamb in a food processor, and mixed it with soft, sweet leeks to make luscious little meatballs. Paired with an oniony egg-lemon sauce, the meatballs made a delicious mid-week meal.

The egg-lemon sauce (avgolemono) has an unusual twist. Because the meatballs weren’t cooked in liquid, I didn’t have the broth necessary for making egg-lemon sauce. Rather than using plain chicken stock, I simmered stock with onions to boost the flavor, and used this as the foundation for the sauce. The result was surprisingly good, and paired particularly well with leek meatballs.

Although the meatballs could easily be made with raw ground lamb, they are a great way to use up leftover roast (or the remnants of tragic tagine). Since Easter dinner is just 10 days away, and we’ll no doubt have leftover lamb again soon, I invented the meatballs just in time.

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15 Responses to Lamb and Leek Meatballs with Onion Egg-Lemon Sauce (Κεφτέδες με Πράσα και Αβγολέμονο)

  1. Your creativity astounds me Laurie! You turned a mini kitchen disaster into a fantastic gourmet delight. Speaking of Easter I’m making tsourekia tomorrow for the first time (fingers crossed).

  2. very good of you to cook second-hand meat. 2 cups of oil – now that alone should have put you off!

  3. Looks and sounds delicious. Glad everything turned out well. 😉


  4. My goodness, what a delightful recipe! Leeks are so yummy, and lemon with lamb is heavenly. I am so glad you found a way to use your lamb.

    BTW, after you grilled veggies and radicchio salad posts (making me hungry) I went out and bought veggies and ridicchio. We finally dusted off the last bits of freezing rain from our grill, and grilled them all. We used blue cheese on our radicchio salad (tasty!). Thank you for the inspiration! I love grilled veggies!

  5. Good save with the lamb, Laurie. I also like the onion in the Agvolemono…a nice touch.

  6. Wow, Laurie can make a silk purse from a sow’s ear. Well, from a lamb’s…something. Oh, never mind! Anyway, it looks delicious!

  7. You came up with something yummy and it didn’t wreck your meat. Have a nice weekend!

  8. Foodie Pam says:

    What a great recovery and perfect leftover lesson!

  9. Great save Lauire – these meatballs look and sound delicious, and it ensures that oherwise wonderful lamb was not relegated to the rubbish.

  10. Brilliant recipe, they sound just fabulous.

  11. Bellini Valli says:

    I knew you’d come up with something to save the lamb. You got me with the avolgomeno sauce…my fave:D

  12. Leeks taste wonderful and you turned a disaster into a wonderful meal. I wouldn’t expect less from a good cook like you Laurie.

  13. Mike of Mike's Table says:

    Looks like you made a beautiful recovery–these look delicious and the sauce sounds like the perfect compliment to the meatballs!

  14. Peter, I hope your tsourekia turned out! I spent the last week baking a bunch, so hopefully we’ll be able to compare recipes soon.

    Maria, just call me Ms. Frugal.

    Paz, thanks!

    Lannae, you are so right about leeks – they are wonderful! The radicchio with blue cheese sounds great, and I’m so happy to hear you were inspired – it really makes my day.

    Peter, I thought of the onions as a good companion to leeks, but there are so many ways the onion avgolemeno could be used. There will definitely be a repeat of this one.

    Lulu, I had the leftovers for lunch, and even they were great.

    Thanks Cris!

    Pam, for some unknown reason, leftovers seem to inspire me.

    Kalyn, thanks!

    Val, avgolemono is also one of my favorites. My tastebuds are always so happy when I eat it.

    Ivy, so glad I lived up to your expectations!!

    Mike, leeks and lemon, a classic combination that works every time.

  15. Cakelaw, one of my New Year’s resolutions every year is to not waste food. It takes a lot of discipline to keep the resolution! Thanks for the kind words.

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