Full Time I.P.A. Spicy Lamb Meatballs with Chili-Mint Relish

Prep Time

1 hour

Ideal Cooking Time

20 minutes

Number of servings

6 appetizer servings


1/4 cup Full Time I.P.A.
3 slices white bread, crusts removed, diced
2 tsp. sambal oelek (chili garlic sauce)
2 tbsp. olive oil + 2 tbsp. for the tray
1 small yellow onion, minced
2 cloves garlic, minced
Pinch dried chili flakes
2 lbs. ground lamb
1 small bunch mint, leaves only, chopped
1 cup Italian parsley, leaves only, chopped
2 eggs
3/4 cup ricotta cheese
1/2 cup pecorino cheese, grated
1 tsp. sea salt
1/2 tsp. freshly milled black pepper

For the Chili-Mint Relish:
2 tbsp. Full Time IPA
1 small red onion, finely minced (to equal about 1 cup)
1 tbsp. white vinegar
2 tsp. cane sugar
1 jalapeno pepper, seeded & finely diced
1 tsp. harissa (hot chili pepper paste)
8 leaves fresh mint, shredded
2 tbsp. good quality olive oil
1/4 tsp. kosher salt


  1. Preheat the oven to 425° F.
  2. In a container, mix the milk and chili sauce. Place the bread in the milk mixture. Let soak.
  3. Grease a baking sheet with a rim with the olive oil. Set aside.
  4. In a frying pan heat 2 tbsp. of the olive oil. Add the garlic, chili flakes, and onion. Let cook for 3-4 minutes or until onions are soft. Remove from the heat and reserve.
  5. Place the ground lamb in a mixing bowl. Add the mint, parsley, eggs, ricotta, pecorino, salt, and pepper.
  6. Remove the bread from the milk mixture. Squeeze the bread to remove any excess milk.
  7. Add the bread to the bowl with the ground lamb.
  8. Add the reserved onion to the bowl with the ground lamb.
  9. Mix well with your hands and form into 1 1/2″ balls and place on the baking sheet. Roll around so the balls are well coated in the olive oil.
  10. Place in the preheated oven and cook for 18-20 minutes. Cut one meatball in half to check doneness.
  11. Remove from oven. Serve the meatballs with a chili-mint relish


To make the relish:

  1. place the red onions in a bowl.
  2. Mix in the cane sugar and vinegar.
  3. Let sit for 30 minutes.
  4. Add the remaining ingredients and mix well.



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