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Za'atar meatballs with green tahini sauce

Updated: Mar 5, 2022

A delicious Middle-Eastern inspired recipe for Zaatar Meatballs with Green Tahini Sauce

  • Ingredients

  • 1 lb ground turkey, beef, chicken or lamb

  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt

  • 1 tablespoon The Spice Apothecary Za’atar + 1 teaspoon to top meatballs

  • 1 teaspoon lemon zest

  • 3 finely chopped scallions

  • 3 minced garlic cloves

  • 1/2 cup chopped herbs such as parsley, dill or cilantro

  • 1/2 teaspoon red chili flakes

  • Freshly chopped jalapenos for serving, if desired.


Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

Lightly toast the Za'atar seasoning in a dry pan for 30 to 40 seconds to release the aromatics.

Add ground meat, kosher salt and Za’atar seasoning to a bowl and mix. Add lemon zest, scallions, garlic, fresh herbs and chili flakes. Combine well.

Scoop the prepared meat mixture into small meatballs onto a pan lined with parchment & sprayed with cooking oil.

Evenly space meatballs on tray and sprinkle with a bit of Za’atar seasoning. Bake for 25 minutes until cooked through.

Serve with rice, pita or naan bread alongside Green Tahini Sauce & freshly chopped jalapeno.

Green Tahini Sauce (Grahini)

  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice

  • 3 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil

  • 1-2 garlic cloves

  • 1 cup fresh herbs such as parsley, cilantro and/or dill

  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt

  • ½ cup of tahini, well mixed

  • Combine all of the ingredients in a blender until smooth. Taste and reseason with additional salt if necessary.

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