Meatball Sandwiches

Minty meatballs with a stream of yogurt sauce and served in pita give a Middle Eastern spin to budget-friendly meatball sandwiches.



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Ingredients
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    beaten egg
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    1/4  cup 
    skim milk
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    1/4  cup 
    fine dry bread crumbs
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    1/4  cup 
    snipped fresh parsley
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    3   tablespoons 
    finely chopped onion
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    4   teaspoons 
    sesame seeds, toasted
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    clove garlic, minced
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    1/4  teaspoon 
    dried mint, crushed
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    1/4  teaspoon 
    salt
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    3/4  pound 
    lean ground beef or lamb
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    Nonstick spray coating
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    large pita bread rounds, halved
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    1/2  cup 
    shredded lettuce
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    medium tomato, chopped
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    1   cup 
    plain low-fat yogurt

Directions
1.
In a medium mixing bowl combine egg, milk, bread crumbs, parsley, onion, 3 teaspoons of the sesame seeds, the garlic, mint, and salt. Add ground beef or lamb; mix well. Shape mixture into 24 meatballs.
2.
Spray a large skillet with nonstick spray coating. Preheat over medium-high heat. Add meatballs and brown on all sides. Cover skillet and cook meatballs over low heat for 5 to 10 minutes or until done (160 degrees F).
3.
With a slotted spoon remove meatballs from skillet and drain on paper towels.
4.
To serve, place meatballs in pita bread halves. Add lettuce and tomato. Sprinkle with the remaining 1 teaspoon of sesame seeds. Serve with yogurt. If desired, serve sandwiches on additional shredded lettuce. Makes 4 servings.
Make Ahead Tip
  • Prepare and cook meatballs; drain on paper towels. Place meatballs on a clean tray; cover with waxed paper; freeze about 30 minutes or until firm. Transfer to airtight freezer container or plastic freezer bag; seal, label, and freeze up to 1 month. To use, thaw overnight. Place in shallow baking pan with 1/4 cup water; cover and heat in 350 degree F. oven for 15 minutes or until heated through. Drain. Serve as above.
Nutrition information
Per Serving: cal. (kcal) 324, Fat, total (g) 12, chol. (mg) 131, carb. (g) 27, fiber (g) 2, pro. (g) 26, sodium (mg) 273, Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet
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