But then, as I was writing the title of this post, I thought, "Meatballs. If I say meatballs, no one will look at this recipe." And at that moment I understood exactly what Jacqueline Clarke and Joanna Farrow were thinking in A TASTE OF THE MEDITERRANEAN when they decided on the whole "sausages" thing.
And trust me: these meatba--er, sausages deserve your attention. They're stunningly flavorful, but mild enough that the kids will like them too. They take a bit of time, so I'd recommend them for weekend meals, at least the first few times you try them. After that, you'll be so addicted you'll make them on a weekday even if it means staying up until midnight to do it.
Greek Lamb Sausages in Tomato Sauce
1 cup fresh bread crumbs*
2/3 cup milk
2/3 cup milk
1.5 lbs. ground lamb
2 tablespoons grated onion (I know: weird, right?)
3 garlic cloves, crushed
2 teaspoons ground cumin
2 Tablespoons chopped fresh parsley
Flour for dusting
1/4 cup olive oil
2.5 cups tomato sauce
1 teaspoon sugar
2 bay leaves
1 small onion, peeled (but NOT chopped!)
Salt and fresly-ground black pepper to taste
*Be sure to make your own: basically, toss 2-4 slices of bread in the food processor and pulse until you've got fairly fine crumbs.
- Combine the bread crumbs and the milk.
- Add the lamb, onion, garlic, cumin, parsley, and salt and pepper. Mix well with your hands.
- Shape the meat mixture into fat little ovals, about two inches long, rolling each one in the flour and setting aside.
- Mix the tomato sauce, sugar and bay leaves in a pan.
- Peel the onion and cut off the ends. Put the whole onion in the tomato sauce. Simmer for 20 minutes.
- Heat the oil in a separate frying pan to medium.
- Fry the sausages for about 8 minutes, turning occasionally until browned evenly.
- Remove sausages and place on paper town to drain.
- Add the sausages to the tomato sauce and cook on medium low for about 10 more minutes.
- Serve with a green salad and/or risotto.
Lucy, who increasingly likes anything, and the weirder the better: 10
Will, who still resists rating anything as highly as fajitas: 8
Jamie, who can sometimes surprise us by gobbling things down: 9
Ellen, who loves the taste of lamb but feels guilty . . . : 8
Paul, who loves the simplicity of the flavors in this dish: 10