An unlimited heartfelt thanks for the messages of assist following the information of Dozer’s situation. I don’t have the phrases to correctly categorical how a lot it meant to me and by no means imagined I might discover myself able the place I felt such overwhelming assist from all corners of this massive broad world. I’ll proceed to offer updates on his progress within the Lifetime of Dozer part, and hope to have excellent news within the coming weeks. ~ Nagi x

This tray bake dinner combines fantastically spiced lamb kofta meatballs with vibrant roast greens for a Center Jap dinner that’s as versatile as it’s scrumptious. Stuff into heat flatbreads, make couscous or rice bowls, or serve with roasted cauliflower for a considerable low-carb salad meal!

Freshly made Baked lamb kofta meatballs and vegetables

Lamb kofta meatballs tray bake

There’s so much much less sheet pan dinner recipes on my web site than one would anticipate for somebody who tells “everybody” that she principally shares dinner recipes. It’s as a result of I’m somewhat fussy about them. I discover that in the event you toss every little thing – meat and greens – in the identical seasonings, every little thing comes out tasting the same-same.

Which is ok every so often. However I get bored rapidly.

However this meatball tray bake? Something however boring!! Assume – your favorite boldly spiced lamb koftas, in meatball type, with a pile of vibrant capsicum and crimson onion. All baked on the identical tray. The odor when that is within the oven is unbelievable!! It’s the cinnamon. Signature Center Jap spice.

Stuff in heat pita breads, make rice or couscous bowls or an enormous low-carb heat salad!

Pita bread stuffed with Baked lamb kofta meatballs and vegetables


Right here’s what you must make this tray bake dinner.

Kofta meatballs

These are the identical elements utilized in skewered lamb koftas.

What goes in lamb koftas
  • Lamb mince (floor lamb) – Whereas lamb is a favorite in Center Jap delicacies and simply goes so effectively with the spice combine, these meatballs are additionally terrific made with beef. Rooster and turkey would even be good however you’ll want so as to add somewhat additional breadcrumbs else the combination is simply too unfastened.

  • Onion – Use a field grater to shred it so that you don’t have to prepare dinner the onion individually earlier than including into the combination. Additionally, the onion juices simply make the meatballs tastier!

  • Panko breadcrumbs – Provides bulk and absorbs moisture so the combination isn’t too moist to type meatballs. Panko breadcrumbs are simple to seek out today within the Asian and breadcrumb aisle of grocery shops. Bizarre breadcrumbs (smaller and finer, like sand) may also be used however the meatballs won’t be fairly as tender.

  • Garlic – Very uncommon to seek out savoury dishes on my web site that don’t contain garlic!

  • Spices – Traditional Center Jap spices: cumin, coriander, paprika (I exploit common however smoked could be beautiful), cinnamon (Center Jap secret ingredient!) and cayenne pepper. These meatballs are mildly spicy so be happy to cut back or omit the cayenne pepper.

  • Coriander/cilantro – For a touch of freshness and for visible functions too. Substitute with parsley.

The greens

For the greens, you could possibly actually use any roast-able greens you need. I opted for capsicum / bell peppers for a splash of color and likewise as a result of I like that they’re simple to chop into strips for straightforward of stuffing into flatbreads.

Baked lamb kofta meatballs and vegetables ingredients

Sauce choices

The meatballs are pictured in put up drizzled with Tahini Sauce which is a extensively used sauce in Center Easter delicacies. The nutty flavour and creamy texture goes so effectively with the spice flavour of the meatballs and simply provides that additional contact to take this from tasty to OMG gawd that is soooo gooood!! (Which is the bar to which I goal!)

Being a sauce I exploit fairly frequently in Center Jap recipes, I lastly received round to writing it up as a separate recipe, so discover the Tahini Sauce recipe right here. The opposite sauce possibility is Lemon Yogurt Sauce which can also be on-point for Center Jap meals – use the sauce on this recipe.

For the only possibility (and all of us have these days), only a dollop of plain yogurt will work tremendous, or perhaps a squeeze of lemon juice.

Find out how to make Lamb Kofta Meatball Tray Bake

The one distinction between making regular Moroccan meatballs and this one is that you simply don’t have to take care of cleansing up the range splatter. I do know which one I’m making tonight! 🙂

How to make Lamb Kofta Meatballs tray bake
  1. Toss the greens with salt, pepper and olive oil.

  2. Combine the lamb kofta meatball combination in a bowl along with your arms. Combine effectively to make sure the spices are dispersed evenly all through.

How to make Lamb Kofta Meatballs tray bake
  1. Roll 16 meatballs. They’re barely on the big aspect to make sure they don’t dry out when cooked within the oven.

    PRO TIP: I exploit an ice cream scoop with a lever to portion out the combination. Then I roll the balls. That is probably the most environment friendly manner I’ve provide you with to make meatballs – with out resorting to $5,000 meatball making machines (oh sure, they exist!)

  2. Spray the meatballs generously with oil so they may brown within the oven.

How to make Lamb Kofta Meatballs tray bake
  1. Scatter the greens across the meatballs.

  2. Bake for quarter-hour, then end with 5 minutes beneath the grill/broiler to get a little bit of color on the meatballs. 20 minutes is all of the prepare dinner time we want for meatballs to prepare dinner them by way of with out overcooking them which can make them dismally dry on the within.

    You’ll additionally get some good charring on the sides of the capsicum, paying homage to the flavour we might’ve achieved if we had cooked these over charcoal which doesn’t occur midweek round these components!

Baked lamb kofta meatballs and vegetables fresh out of the oven
Baked lamb kofta meatballs and vegetables rice bowls

Find out how to serve baked lamb kofta meatballs

I promised you flexible, and right here’s proof!

  1. Wraps / pita pockets (pictured at prime of put up) – Stuff the meatballs and greens into heat wraps or pita pockets and drizzle with Tahini Sauce or Lemon Yogurt Sauce (use the one on this recipe). Shredded lettuce and tomato slices are nice extras to bulk it out and (fortunately) cram additional greens into your meal.

  2. Bowls (pictured above) – Make bowls with a mound of steaming basmati rice or couscous (very on-theme!).

  3. Heat salad – Make roasted cauliflower (with out the parmesan) and pile onto a plate. High with the meatballs and all of the greens, end with a dramatic, beneficiant drizzle of the tahini sauce and a bathe of toasted pinenuts or almond flakes and recent coriander/cilantro. Stand again and admire the glittering pile that’s your dinner that occurs to be low-carb and diet packed!

And as I describe that cauliflower salad to you, I’m kicking myself for not having shot it! It was so, so good. Subsequent time! – Nagi x

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Freshly made Baked lamb kofta meatballs and vegetables

Tray bake dinner: lamb kofta meatballs


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Recipe video above. This simple sheet pan dinner combines fantastically spiced lamb kofta meatballs with vibrant roast greens for a Center Jap dinner that is as versatile as it’s scrumptious. Stuff into heat flatbreads, serve with couscous or rice bowls, or add a aspect of roasted cauliflower for a considerable low-carb dinner.Much less messy and more healthy than pan frying – much less oil! Tip: make meatballs on the big aspect so they do not dry out within the oven.


  • Preheat oven to 200°C/400°F (180°C fan-forced).

  • Kofta meatballs – Place the Kofta elements and spices in a bowl. Use your arms to mix totally then roll 16 large-ish meatballs (I scoop all combination onto a tray, then roll into balls). Unfold them out on a big tray.

  • Greens – Toss the greens with the oil, salt and pepper. Scatter across the meatballs.

  • Bake – Spray the meatballs with oil. Bake for quarter-hour then change the oven to the grill/broiler on excessive. Cook dinner for an extra 5 minutes to get some color on the floor.

  • Serve – Sprinkle with the chopped coriander then serve! To make wraps, stuff with lettuce, tomato, meatballs, and the prepare dinner capsicum and onion. Drizzle with a lot of tahini sauce then tuck in! Different concepts: rice or couscous bowls or massive salads – see under.

Recipe Notes:



  1. Meat – Lamb is a pure selection for Center Jap meals however the spice combine is basically good with beef too. Rooster will even work however you’ll want to extend the panko else the combination is somewhat unfastened.

Lifetime of Dozer

Unsurprisingly, after telling you about Dozer’s laryngeal paralysis situation and surgical procedure, I anticipate the Lifetime of Dozer part can be focussed on his restoration for the subsequent couple of minutes. I wish to share the details however I additionally wish to add a sprinkle of enjoyable. As a result of even within the fog of fear, there have been moments of laughter!

The intense stuff

So, I’m not going to lie. Dozer’s put up surgical procedure restoration has been somewhat slower and extra worrying than anticipated. For two days after his operation, he was very wobbly on his toes and wanted assist to rise up, stroll and pee. He would collapse after strolling a metre or two, and get very agitated when he couldn’t rise up himself when he wished to – which imply respiratory closely and straining his throat.

What did actually scare me although was that his hoarse respiratory sounded (to me) worse than it was pre-operation. That mixed together with his lack of mobility prompted a splash to the emergency vet.

Fortunately they gave him the all clear and simply jogged my memory once more that his airways are swollen from the surgical procedure so his respiratory and panting will sound laboured and painful. I used to be informed it’ll take about 2 weeks for the swelling to go right down to see if the surgical procedure was efficient – if it was, he ought to breath quietly and in time, return to some stage of train. 🤞🏻🤞🏻🤞🏻

I had hoped to keep away from utilizing the chill-pills the vet prescribed for Dozer however I gave up. Since beginning him on these, he’s positively extra relaxed. Mainly, peaceable sleeping Dozer means no hoarse panting which ought to assist with the velocity of restoration. I feel when he’s awake, he’s acutely aware of the truth that he’s in need of breath which makes him agitated and breath frantically (like proper now, at my toes).

I’m nervous, however pondering positively. It’s solely day 3 after surgical procedure. 11 days to go.

on the lighter aspect….

The little issues we rejoice – so glad when he was in a position to weight bear himself and pee with out help!! (Simply in case you might be conjuring up visions of paper cups – no, it was nothing like that!! I used to be utilizing a towel sling beneath his stomach to assist assist his weight. )

Try his wonderful squatting motion. Nicely accomplished Dozer. Nicely accomplished! 👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻

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