Lamb Meatballs with Sunny Egg

Serves 4   Active Time 30 min.   Total Time 30 min.



1 pound ground lamb
2 slices white sandwich bread, chopped 
4 cups milk
4 dried dates, chopped 
2 garlic cloves, minced
2 green scallions, minced 
1 teaspoon ground cumin
1 teaspoon ground paprika 
2 tablespoons freshly chopped cilantro 
Salt and pepper
4 eggs
1/4 cup olive oil
1/2 cup tomato sauce


  1. Preheat oven to 350°F.

  2. Soak bread in milk until soft, about 10 minutes, then drain.

  3. Mix together lamb, bread, dates, cloves, scallions, cumin, paprika, and cilantro in a large bowl and blend with your hands. Season with salt and pepper to taste. Form the mixture into 1-inch balls.

  4. Place meatballs on a foil-lined oven tray and spray with cooking oil. Bake for 20 to 25 minutes.

  5. Remove meatballs from oven and let rest for 2 to 3 minutes.

  6. Heat 1/4 cup olive oil in a large frying pan over medium-high heat.

  7. Crack eggs directly into frying pan. Cook eggs for a few minutes without moving them around, allowing the whites to set, followed by the yolks.

  8. Remove eggs from pan and set aside.

  9. Divide lamb meatballs amongst 4 plates. Top each portion with 2 tablespoons tomato sauce and a fried egg. Mix together and enjoy.


© 2016 Jon Ashton