Lamb Meatballs and The Meatball Shop Cookbook giveaway!


Still undecided what to make for Valentines? We all know the fastest way to someone’s heart is through the stomach (I made Hong a bowl of Mi Quang and now look at us). So if you’re still searching, try something exotic but oh so simple: lamb meatballs.   Last year on our vacation eating trip to NYC, one of our favorite restaurants was The Meatball Shop. It was casual, comforting (especially against the blistering February chill), and delicious. But let’s face it, everyone loves meatballs.  It’s hearty, still healthy, and cute!


The Meatball Shop was the brainchild of childhood friends chef Dan Holzman and partner Micheal Chernow. We met the affable chef Holzman here in LA at the 2011 Los Angeles Food and Wine Festival and got a chance to tell him how much we enjoyed his meatballs and his restaurant.  Like a choose your own adventure, diners can customize the meatball, its sauce, and accompaniments.

Our favorite was the lamb meatballs.  Lamb is a sexy cut of meat and this is one of the easiest ways to prepare it. The raisins and walnuts in this recipe gives this ball a subtly sweet and earthiness that really works well with the lamb.



Lamb Meatballs

Yield: 2 dozen 1.5 inch balls

Prep Time: 20 min

Cook Time: 20 minutes



2 tbs olive oil

2 lbs ground lamb
3 large eggs
1 cup dark raisins, chopped
1/2 cup walnut halves, chopped
1/2 fresh mint, chopped
1/2 cup fresh parsley chopped
1/2 cup bread crumbs
2 ts salt
1 ts fresh ground pepper

Classic Tomato Sauce
1/4 cup olive oil
1 onion, finely diced
1 bay leaf
1 ts chopped fresh oregano or 1/2 ts dried
2 garlic cloves, chopped
2 ts salt or to taste
2 tbs tomato paste
2 28oz cans whole plum tomatoes, chopped w/ their liquid



Preheat oven to 450. Drizzle olive oil into a baking dish and spread evenly. Set aside.

Combined all the ingredients in a large mixing bowl and mix by hand until thoroughly incorporated.

Pack the meat firmly and roll the mixture into round 1 1/2 inch balls. Place the balls onto the baking dish and line snugly in even rolls vertically and horizontally in a grid, touching one another.

Roast for 20 minutes, or until the meatballs are firm and cooked through. The temperature should be 165 if you want to check with meat thermometer.

Allow the meatballs to cool for 5 minutes before serving.

Classic Tomato Sauce

Heat the oil over the medium heat and add onions, bay leaf, garlic and salt, stirring until soft and translucent about 10 mins. Add tomato paste and continue to cook for 5 minutes. Add the tomatoes and stir constantly until sauce begins to boil. Lower the heat and simmer for 1 hour, stirring every 5 minutes to prevent burning. Season to salt. Remove bay leaf before serving.

From The Meatball Shop CookbookThe Meatball Shop

Recently Dan Holzman and Michael Chernow published their first cookbook, proclaiming their love of meatballs and sharing all they learned and created. We’ve made beef, lamb and pork meatballs from the book and they all turn out great.  It’s a beautifully photographed book with easy to follow recipes, from balls, to sauces, to sides. The generous folks at The Meatball Shop are giving away one book to a lucky reader!

buy it!

You can purchase The Meatball Shop from Amazon

win it!

Leave a comment telling us what is your favorite type of meatball!  The mandatory entries must be done otherwise the bonus entries will not count.

bonus entries!

1. Subscribe to our blog and leave a blog comment saying you’ve subscribed (1 entry)

2. “Like” The Ravenous Couple on Facebook and leave a blog comment with your first name and last initial (1 entry)

3. “Like” The Meatball Shop on Facebook and leave a blog comment here with your first name and last initial. (1 entry)

4. Follow both The Ravenous Couple and The Meatball Shop on Twitter and leave a blog comment after tweeting (1 entry) :
Win a copy of The Meatball Shop cookbook from @ravenouscouple and @MEATBALLERS!

US entries only. Contests ends on midnight Saturday 2/18. A winner will be chosen at random.  Congrats to Hao, L!


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52 Responses to “Lamb Meatballs and The Meatball Shop Cookbook giveaway!”

  1. 1

    Jo — February 11, 2012 @ 7:39 pm

    Yum!!! Meatball sliders!!!

  2. 2

    Gon — February 11, 2012 @ 8:14 pm

    I love pork meatballs with pine nuts and currants!

  3. 3

    Mireille — February 11, 2012 @ 9:36 pm

    I’ve always wanted to try that restaurant and I have no excuse because I live in NYC!

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    amy marantino — February 11, 2012 @ 10:26 pm

    i subscribe via RSS in google reader

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    amy marantino — February 11, 2012 @ 10:27 pm

    my grandma’s recipe. macaroni with meatballs and gravy

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    Bianca — February 11, 2012 @ 10:28 pm

    One of my favorite meatballs ever were the veggie meatballs I had at The Meatball Shop! I don’t live in NY so have only had them once but they were soo delicious! I could eat them every day.

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    Jackie H — February 11, 2012 @ 11:08 pm

    OMG! Meatball Shop has a book?!? Thank you for posting this. After we visted The Meatball Shop in NYC no meatball could compare!
    My favorite type of meatball is with pesto!

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    Jackie H — February 11, 2012 @ 11:09 pm

    I subscribed through the google rss feeder!

  9. 9

    Jackie H — February 11, 2012 @ 11:11 pm

    I follow @ravenouscouple and @MEATBALLERS on twitter now! woot woot!

  10. 10

    Jackie H — February 11, 2012 @ 11:13 pm

    I tweeted about the contest:!/00hemgee/status/168593270258143232

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    Lien — February 12, 2012 @ 1:08 am

    it would be a tie between the meatballs with spaghetti sauce and the meatball in albondigas soup.

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    Ilene — February 12, 2012 @ 5:56 am

    I love veggie meatballs.

  13. 13

    Debbi R — February 12, 2012 @ 6:09 am

    My favorite is a lamb meatball

  14. 14

    Marnely Rodriguez — February 12, 2012 @ 7:27 am

    I am subscribed to your blog

  15. 15

    helen — February 12, 2012 @ 7:48 am

    I love any and all meatballs with the exception of the Dutch meatballs that my husband loves and grew up with. We all think of meatballs here as reasonably sized things (for the most part), well seasoned and well sauced. Can be served as appetizers, by themselves, with pasta – they’re WONDERFUL. Dutch meatballs, on the other hand, are softball sized, they’ve been rolled around in a pan for the longest time so they are in no way, shape or form round anymore. They’re tough on the outside since they’ve cooked on the stovetop for over 40 mins and seasoned only with a bit of minced onion, nutmeg and salt. Dutch meatballs just make me sad. Oh yeah, they’re so tough that the next day they slice them as serve them like lunchmeat on a dry piece of bread. I need this book so that I can break the Dutch cycle of meatball abuse. Please help all of the future meatballs in this Dutch/American household!

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    Cellabella — February 12, 2012 @ 8:04 am

    My favorite meatball is a tie between lamb and traditional beef!

  17. 17

    Krisla — February 12, 2012 @ 9:07 am

    Turkey meatballs!

  18. 18

    Tuyet N. — February 12, 2012 @ 12:40 pm

    My favorite meatballs are turkey meatballs with cream of mushroom sauce!

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    Mac — February 12, 2012 @ 2:15 pm

    Swedish meatballs!!

  20. 20

    tram — February 12, 2012 @ 3:24 pm

    xui mai!

  21. 21

    Melinda Yee — February 12, 2012 @ 3:45 pm

    Great post! Will be making these meatballs in the near future.
    Lionshead meatballs served at Chinese restaurants are my favorite!

  22. 22

    Melinda Yee — February 12, 2012 @ 3:47 pm

    I just subscribed to your blog via email!

  23. 23

    Catherine — February 12, 2012 @ 7:10 pm

    I really like meatballs in spaghetti and also the lion’s head meatball my mom makes.

  24. 24

    Catherine — February 12, 2012 @ 7:10 pm

    I subscribe to your blog via email!

  25. 25

    Catherine — February 12, 2012 @ 7:10 pm

    I like you on FB (Cat S.)

  26. 26

    Catherine — February 12, 2012 @ 7:11 pm

    I like the meatball shop on FB (as Cat S.)

  27. 27

    Catherine — February 12, 2012 @ 7:11 pm

    I follow you both on Twitter (as picatasi)
    and tweeted!!/picatasi/status/168894125960212481

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    sunny — February 12, 2012 @ 8:36 pm

    yum! i have yet to find a meatball i dislike…the search is on! (in short: can’t choose a favorite!)

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    sunny — February 12, 2012 @ 8:36 pm

    i subscribe to your blog via RSS

  30. 30

    Hào — February 12, 2012 @ 9:46 pm

    My favorite meatballs are the albóndigas pork and jamón meatballs in tomato sherry sauce that I had at Contigo last night in San Francisco! 🙂

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    The Ravenous Couple — February 26, 2012 @ 2:57 pm

    Congrats, you’re the winner!! Sorry for the late selection, but please email us your your address to get the cookbook!

  32. 32

    Hào — February 12, 2012 @ 9:47 pm

    I subscribe to your blog via email! 🙂

  33. 33

    Hào L. — February 12, 2012 @ 9:58 pm

    Ok, I did all of the following:

    2. “Like” The Ravenous Couple on Facebook and leave a blog comment with your first name and last initial (1 entry)

    3. “Like” The Meatball Shop on Facebook and leave a blog comment here with your first name and last initial. (1 entry)

    4. Follow both The Ravenous Couple and The Meatball Shop on Twitter and leave a blog comment after tweeting (1 entry) :
    Win a copy of The Meatball Shop cookbook from @ravenouscouple and @MEATBALLERS!

  34. 34

    Cotch — February 12, 2012 @ 10:21 pm

    oh! meat balls never tried to make one before.. this is good to exercise my both hands again 🙂

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    angelitacarmelita — February 13, 2012 @ 10:33 am

    My absolute favorite meatballs are from a recipe I found for Tuscan Turkey meatballs. They have spinach and mozzarella in them and they’re served w/a white wine, garlic, lemon butter sauce. Gahhhh!!!!

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    josephine — February 13, 2012 @ 10:42 am

    My favorite meat ball recipe is a hand down recipe from my mom. It is pork meatball and always served at chinese new year and every special family occasion.

  37. 37

    Linda Nguyen — February 13, 2012 @ 11:10 am

    My favorite meatball is a recipe from my sister. Yummy beef, breadcrumbs, and seasoning. simple, yet delicious.

  38. 38

    conbon — February 13, 2012 @ 11:51 am

    I love me some Swedish meatballs from IKEA.

    1. I subscribed to your blog via Google Reader

  39. 39

    Jane — February 13, 2012 @ 12:12 pm

    I have to say that I am a fan of traditional veal and pork meatballs. So good after simmering in the sauce all day…

  40. 40

    Elaine Hsu — February 13, 2012 @ 2:13 pm

    xui mai w tomato sauce, delish!

  41. 41

    Kimberlea — February 13, 2012 @ 2:17 pm

    Xiu mai in banh mi!!!

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    Love — February 13, 2012 @ 10:10 pm

    im lazy to do some meat balls i never tried it.
    I only like to eat those meat balls when its ready so yummy 🙂

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    Scott Boyko — February 14, 2012 @ 9:04 am

    I love to make my own chicken meatballs with fresh cilantro, and lots of ginger, galangal, and garlic.

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    Pinch — February 14, 2012 @ 10:21 pm

    yo meatballs looks so yummy . I want to try it im sure its easy to make one 🙂

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    Jill Mant~a SaucyCook — February 15, 2012 @ 8:23 pm

    Yum! Your meatballs look so bodacious! I must try this recipe.

  46. 46

    Mary Tran — February 16, 2012 @ 10:54 am

    I love your blog and recipes. My favorite meat balls would Xiu Mai or Nem Noung

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    Pinch — February 16, 2012 @ 11:13 pm

    i love your meat ball..
    im looking forward for another great post again. Enjoy the weekend
    thanks alot 🙂

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    vi nguyen — February 17, 2012 @ 3:20 pm

    I love teriyaki turkey meatballs!

    I subscribe to your blog via google reader.

  49. 49

    Jule — February 18, 2012 @ 6:17 am

    My fav is the basic Swedish meatball… mmmm

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    Lesley C. — February 18, 2012 @ 10:45 pm

    I love Chinese pork lion’s head meatballs!

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    Rain — February 21, 2012 @ 11:20 pm

    still no update 🙂 looking forward for the next post 🙂
    keep it up and good luck dear

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    Thao — March 28, 2012 @ 1:34 pm

    My favourite meat balls are Danish meatballs. Juicy and yummy and easy to make

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