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    Recipe for Meatballs with yogurt sauce

    Nisrine Merzouki

    Serves 4

    To make an easy weekday supper, stuff these cilantro-flavored beef meatballs and yogurt sauce into pita rounds with cucumbers and tomatoes.


    12ounces Greek-style yogurt
    ½onion, grated
    1teaspoon ground
    1teaspoon Dijon mustard
    Salt and pepper, to taste
    2tablespoons chopped fresh cilantro

    1. In a bowl, whisk the yogurt, onion, coriander, mustard, salt, and pepper until thoroughly combined.


    2. Sprinkle with cilantro; set aside.

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    1slice white sandwich bread, crusts removed
    3tablespoons milk
    ½onion, grated
    ½small bunch fresh cilantro, thick stems removed
    1tablespoon ground
    1teaspoon ground cumin
    ¾teaspoon salt
    ½teaspoon pepper
    1pound lean ground beef
    2tablespoons olive oil

    1. In a bowl, combine the bread and milk. Set aside for 5 minutes, turning several times.

    2. Add the onion, cilantro, coriander, cumin, salt, pepper, and beef. With clean hands, knead the mixture until thoroughly combined.

    3. With wet hands, shape the mixture into 1½–inch balls.


    4. In a large nonstick skillet over medium heat, heat the olive oil. Fry the meatballs in two batches, turning them once, for 10 to 12 minutes, or until browned. Serve the meatballs warm, topped with yogurt sauce. Nisrine Merzouki