Delicious Yogurt dip meatballs: a stunning grilled appetizer
The year has several festive months at our home. September for instance is one of them, including the birthday of my youngest son. Reasons enough to provide an extensive aperitif. Usually I take my time to provide some homemade appetizers. Sometimes, however, there is a lack of time and shortcuts are needed to achieve a delicious result. Preparing meatballs for 10 people in a garden full of playing children didn’t seem like an excellent idea to me. So I opted for the comfort of Lidl’s pre-cooked chicken meatballs to get this dish on the table without too much effort. However, with the Yoghurt dip and a simple homemade glaze you get a nice refreshing bite of which no one will figure out how little effort it took you to prepare this snack! These Yogurt Dip Meatballs are the ideal festive solution for moments when you lack the time!
Disclaimer: this post was made possible by the sponsorship of @Lidl Belgium. All opinions expressed are personal and sincere.
You read it well! This post is indeed sponsored by Lidl Belgium which may cause some people to doubt the authenticity of the dish. I can reassure you in advance. Apart from this sponsorship, I use the chicken meatballs very often when I have little time and they are often praised by our guests. Do you prefer to make your own meatballs? Of course you can, but then you’d better count in a little more time than suggested in the recipe below. Those who prefer vegetarian meatballs could use the vegetarian meatballs, although I have to admit that I’m not a fan of them myself. The seasoning of these store bought vegetarian meatballs is a little too intense for me, so the meatballs themselves quickly become dominant over the sauce and yogurt dip.
By adding my own sauce to the meatballs and a Yogurt dip with fresh hints, nobody even pays attention to the fact you’re using store bought meatballs. These Yogurt dip Meatballs offer a surprising alternative to the classic aperitif plates. The combination of a light smoky taste, the sweet flavorful lacquer and the fresh yogurt sauce gives you a nice combination of flavors that make you long for more. Moreover, it looks very nice to conjure up the individual jars on the table. Would you like to pimp the dish even more? Think about extra flavors and colors that you can bring into the dish. I myself like to use “Sumak” and “Dukkah” although these ingredients are not really easy to find in the supermarket over here. Although they are worth looking for in the specialty stores. Or you can make yourself some homemade dukkah.
Alternatively you can use lime zest, finely chopped mint and roasted sesame seeds., like I did for this recipe. This way you don’t have to go on a search at moments when you just want to save yourself some time. But there are certainly other nice alternatives to think of. If you like it spicy, maybe you can add some finely chopped red peppers? In any case, do not be limited to this recipe, but give your own inspiration the opportunity to experiment. Though it might be useful to do so at a time before the guests arrive. After all, it would be a shame if your Yogurt Dip Meatballs are lost due to a predominant taste of an untested recipe.
So what about your party plans for the coming weeks? Do you see some occasions to serve these Yogurt dip meatballs? If so, don’t hesitate to try this dish. Make sure you have enough balls because this recipe can appeal to both young and old. My sons usually pass the Yogurt dip, but the balls themselves go down their mouth very smoothly. The adult guests are usually pleasantly surprised by the combination of flavors within this Yogurt dip Meatballs. Curious about which approach you prefer? Do you prefer your inner child’s meatball cravings or will you be a nice boy/girl and let the “culinary adult in you” celebrate with great food? Either way… Enjoy your session!
- 20 chicken meatballs I used those premade ones from lidl (lazy mode on)
- 250 grams greek yogurt
- 10 mint leaves
- 1 clove garlic pureed
- lemon juice to taste
- 1 tsp agave syrup
- 1 pinch of salt and pepper
- roasted sesame seeds for dressing or possibly dukkah for more spicy notes
- freshly chopped mint to dress or lime zest and sumac
- finely chopped red pepper optional for some wick
- 1 piece ginger
- 1 lime for the juice
- 500 ml water
- 200 gr sugar
- 1 tbsp butter
Bring the water to the boil and in the meantime cut the ginger into slices.
Add the ginger slices together with the lime juice to the water and cook with the lid closed for 20 minutes.
Remove the ginger and add the sugar together with the butter and let it reduce until you get a sticky syrup.
Prepare your BBQ for an indirect session at medium temperature (+-150-180°C).
Smoke the chicken meatballs for 20-30 minutes.
Put the lacquer sauce in a bowl and roll the balls through it. Put the balls back on the BBQ for ten minutes until the sauce sticks nicely to the balls. In the meantime you can make the yogurt sauce.
Chop the mint finely and add to the yogurt together with the pressed look.
Add the agave syrup and season with the lemon juice, pepper and salt. Taste regularly until the sauce is balanced.
Finish with freshly chopped mint and finely chopped red peppers. Sprinkle the balls with zest of lime and sesame seeds.