AUTHOR: Julia TITLE: Adina Kebabi DATE: 2/05/2009 10:11:00 AM ----- BODY:

Meatballs are a great way to utilize the lesser cuts of meat. And by lesser, I mean tougher. Grinding the meat breaks down the muscle tissues, yielding a product that's tender and cooks quickly. What makes these cuts tough also makes them more flavorful. The meat we typically eat are the muscles -- legs, tenderloin, racks and flank. The more use the muscles get, like the legs, the tougher the meat. But this means more blood flows through them, so the meat is also more flavorful.

Just about every culture has its version of meatballs -- Swedish, Italian, Chinese. Each culture imprints its own style with the different seasoning. The Turkish version, Adina Kebabi, gets its kick from mint, chilies and cinnamon. Typically it's served with a parsley-sumac salad which offers a refreshing contrast to the highly seasoned meat.

Adina Kebabi

1 lb. ground lamb
1 onion, finely chopped
½ cup chopped parsley
1 clove garlic, minced
1 tsp. lemon zest
1 tsp. cinnamon
1 tbs. mint
½ tsp. crushed red pepper flakes
salt and pepper to taste

1. Gently mix all ingredients together. Form into a sausage shape around a skewer.
2. Grill (or saute) over medium high flame, until golden brown and cooked through. Serve with Salad, Roasted Tomatoes and Roasted Onions.

1 red onion, finely sliced
¼ cup flat parsley leaves
1 ½ tsp. sumac

1. Mix everything together.

I'm submitting this recipe to Southern Grace's Cinnamon Celebration

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----- COMMENT: AUTHOR:Blogger Psychgrad DATE:2/05/2009 12:27:00 PM Can you believe I forgot to bring a lunch today?!? These meatballs would be great right about now. I might have to just suck it up and go to gross cafeteria.

I saw lot of these kinds of dishes while in Turkey. Looks delicious. ----- COMMENT: AUTHOR:Blogger Grace DATE:2/05/2009 06:23:00 PM what a unique and wonderful creation! i love meatballs and eat them all the time, yet i've never spiced them with cinnamon. thanks for the idea, and for entering it my celebration! ----- COMMENT: AUTHOR:Anonymous Lydia (The Perfect Pantry) DATE:2/06/2009 12:11:00 AM I've bookmarked -- I love recipes like this, simple with big flavors! ----- COMMENT: AUTHOR:Anonymous Sophie DATE:2/09/2009 04:42:00 PM I love these flavors! My mouth is watering, I've never added lemon zest to a meatball...I'll definitely be trying this, it's so different and delicious-sounding! ----- --------