Mediterranean Meatball Kabobs are a fun family dinner experience (as long as skewer fighting is banned), which has me daydreaming back to last week. Yesterday, I did NOT win at life… I was tired, irritable, and craving carbs while watching my two kids (toddler aged) who didn’t have school. The day ended with wine and an early bedtime for all. Luckily, I had leftovers which made for a very easy dinner because yesterday was one of those days where I literally just couldn’t…
Perhaps if I had these perfectly tangy meatballs with a slightly crispy outer layer to look forward to dunking into that dreamy creamy dill tzatziki sauce my gratitude for the day would have been much higher. Note taken for future reference: make a double batch and freeze the later half.
Some nights as a mom, you literally just can’t, and for when those nights happen these Mediterranean meatballs will be there for you (should you choose to premake them and place them in your freezer).
MAKE IT A MEAL
Often when I’m meal planning I’ll decide on the meat, fish, or some piece of the main course I want to make and then I ZERO idea what I’m going to serve alongside it. Often I get lazy and it’s toasted bread (not even rolls!), but this is a dish where random sides work.
Some of my favorite sides to pair with these meatballs and tzatziki sauce are:
- Make it a salad. Sliced tomatoes, cucumbers, and feta cheese over a bed of lettuce topped with the tzatziki sauce are an epically delicious and healthy dinner.
- Tapas style spread. Set out multiple plates with different foods such as sliced bread, olives, and dipping olive oil.
- Hints of Greece. Pair your meatballs and tzatziki with some fava beans and stuffed grape leaves for a unique meal all around.
However, I should note these are not completely or authentically a Greek dish. In truth, I’ve never even been anywhere close to the Mediterranean, BUT the blend of many of the spices used in the recipe is in fact Mediterranean-like. I should also mention I have tasted MANY Greek and Mediterranean-inspired dishes (benefits of being an ex-New Yorker) to know this surely isn’t so far fetched.
If you make these Mediterranean Meatball Kabobs with Tzatziki then please let me know and snap a photo! Tag @AimeeMarsLiving and #AimeeMars on Instagram feed or in your stories. I’d love to hear from you so please leave a comment on the post.
- 2 lbs Ground Chicken
- 1 medium Onion finely chopped
- 4 Garlic Cloves minced
- 2 teaspoons Cumin
- 2 teaspoons Coriander
- 1 tablespoon Oregano
- 2 teaspoons Cinnamon
- 2 teaspoons Salt
- 2 large Eggs
- 1 cup Breadcrumbs or Almond Meal for gluten-free
- 2 tablespoons Olive Oil
- 1 cup Greek Yogurt
- 1 Cucumber grated
- 1 tablespoon Dried Dill
- 2 Garlic Cloves minced
- 2 tablespoons Fresh Lemon Juice
- 1/2 teaspoon Salt
- 1/4 teaspoon Black Pepper
- Preheat the oven to 400ºF and line a rimmed baking sheet with parchment paper or a silicone baking mat.
- In a large bowl combine the ground chicken, onion, all the spices, breadcrumbs, and olive oil. Use your hands to fully mix the ingredients and roll the meat into 2-inch sized balls. Place the meatballs in the prepared baking sheet 1 inch apart.
- Bake for 20 to 25 minutes rotating the pan halfway through cooking.
- Whisk the Greek yogurt, cucumber, dill, garlic cloves, lemon juice, salt, and pepper together in a small bowl until fully combined.