Tony’s Table: Lamb Meat Balls With Mint And Pesto Sauce

NEW YORK (CBS 2) — In this segment of Tony’s Table, CBS 2’s Tony Tantillo cooks up a tasty dish of lamb meat balls with mint and pesto sauce–perfect for Passover.

Lamb Meat Balls with Basil and Mint Pesto Sauce

Serves 4

2 lb fine ground lamb meat

1/3 cup vegetable oil

1 small onion, minced

2 cloves garlic minced

½ tsp paprika

1/8 tsp tumeric

1/8 tsp cayenne

¼ tsp cinnamon

1/8 tsp ground clove

½ tsp whole cardamom

½ tsp salt

1/8 tsp ginger powder

1 pinch saffron (optional)

2 eggs

1 cup Matzo Meal


-in a sauté pan, cook the onions in the oil until transparent.

-add the garlic.

-When you can smell the garlic, add the rest of the ingredients except for the eggs and Matzo Meal.

-cook for 1 minute on low heat or until the spice mixture is toasted and opens up. Let cool.

-in a bowl, combine the lamb, spices, eggs and Matzo Meal and mix until combined.

-roll into 1 inch meatballs.

-cook in a sauté pan until golden brown.

Basil Pesto Sauce

1½ cups packed fresh basil leaves

½ cup fresh mint

1 Small Clove of Garlic

¼ cup toasted walnuts

2/3 cup extra virgin olive oil, divided

Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste


Combine the basil, mint, garlic and walnuts in a food processor and pulse until coarsely chopped. Add ½ cup of the oil and process until fully incorporated and smooth. Season with salt and pepper.

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  • P Rattigan

    Where are all the receipes after 4/17/11 !!!! You are way behind!!!! I love watching you make thes simple dishes – pls update!!!

  • http://Aol Tony

    Tonys recipes are long complicated and do not look delicious I am Italian and my mother and grandmother both from Italy do not cook like he does and my family’s dishes are to die for tell Tony they will teach him to cook Italian

  • M White

    The entire Lamb Meat Balls with Basil and Mint Pesto Sauce does not print out in its entirety. The three page printout includes two pages of advertising about CBS and one page (ingredients as far as 1/8 tsp cayenne. Why can I not print the entire recipe? It looks and sounds delicious.

  • jaypee

    This looks absolutely aweful. I agree with James

  • James Wilcoz

    That picture look like feces.

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