DinnerSauces & Rubs

By Marcus Samuelsson | July 14, 2014

An update on the Swedish classic from New American Table.

  • 1/2 pound ground lamb
  • 1/2 pound ground pork
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 teaspoon mild chili powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon cumin
  • Freshly ground pepper
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1 teaspoon smoked paprika
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
Tomatillo-Avocado Salsa
  • 3 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 Serrano chili, finely chopped
  • 1 shallot, finely chopped
  • 2 tomatillos, finely chopped
  • 1 ripe avocado, cut in cubes
  • 1 red onion, finely chopped
  • 1 jalapeño , finely chopped
  • Juice of 1 lime
  • 2 sprigs cilantro, chopped
  • 4 drops Tabasco
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • Freshly ground pepper


For the Meatballs:

In a large bowl mix the lamb, pork, garlic, chili powder, salt, cumin, pepper, oregano and paprika in a bowl. With wet hands to prevent sticking, form the mixture into 2-inch balls.

Heat the oil in a large sauté pan over medium-high heat. Working in batches, add the meatballs and sauté until cooked through, about 4 minutes on each side. Drain on paper towels. Serve with Tomatillo-Avocado Salsa (see below).

For the Tomatillo-Avocado Salsa:

Heat the olive oil in a medium sauté pan over high heat. Add the garlic, Serrano chili and shallot and sauté until fragrant, about 2 minutes. Add the tomatillos and sauté until softened, another 3 minutes. Transfer to a bowl and let cool. Fold in the avocado, onion, jalapeño, lime juice, cilantro and Tabasco. Season with salt and pepper.

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