'My mom raised my sister and me on her own, while she was putting herself through college and medical school. To say that money was tight would be an understatement. But on special occasions, she would make a marinated flank steak dinner. I borrowed the flavors of that - lemon, thyme, scallions, and soy sauce - and put them into an everyday package, Lemon-Thyme Meatballs. The recipe calls for beef, but I make them with lean ground turkey too - super tasty!' - Melissa d'Arabian, host of Food Network's Ten Dollar Dinners and author of Supermarket Healthy and Ten Dollar Dinners
- 1 large egg
- 2 scallions (green parts only), finely chopped
- 2 cloves garlic, finely minced or pressed through a garlic press
- Zest and juice of 1/2 lemon
- 1/4 cup soy sauce
- 2 teaspoons dried thyme
- 1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper
- 2/3 cup bread crumbs
- 1 pound 80% lean ground beef
- Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F. Lightly coat a rimmed baking sheet with nonstick pan spray and set aside.
- In a large bowl, whisk together the egg, scallions, garlic, lemon zest and juice, soy sauce, thyme, and pepper. Stir in the bread crumbs, then add the ground beef, breaking it up into small knobs as you add it to the bowl.
- Use a spoon or your hands to gently mix together and then form the mixture into twenty-four 1-inch balls. Place the balls on the prepared baking sheet and bake until they are browned and slightly resistant to pressure when pressed, about 20 minutes. Serve hot.
- Recipe reprinted from the book Ten Dollar Dinners. Copyright © 2012 by Melissa d'Arabian. Published by Clarkson Potter, a division of Random House, Inc.