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Louisiana Style Lamb Meatballs

Cafe Brulot has been a favorite of Lousiana folks for many years, and no wonder. The gentle citrus flavors topped with orange liqueur will perk up anyones after dinner festivities. I have taken this flavor and slathered it over lamb, making these the tastiest meatballs you will ever eat.


For 1 Batch(es)


  • 1 lb(s) ground lamb
  • 3/4 cup(s) fresh bread crumbs
  • 1 egg, beaten
  • 1/2 teaspoon(s) each salt and black pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon(s) Chinese 5 spice powder
  • Cafe Brulot Sauce:
  • 2 cup(s) strong, brewed coffee
  • 1/4 cup(s) orange liqueur
  • 2 teaspoon(s) brown sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon(s) each grated lemon and orange peel
  • Pinch each ground cloves and cinnamon
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons cornstarch
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons water

Louisiana Style Lamb Meatballs Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 350-degrees F. Make meatballs by combining lamb, bread crumbs, egg, salt, pepper and Chinese 5-spice powder. Make 15 meatballs, placing each in an apprropriate sized baking pan, with at least an inch-high side. Bake 25-30 minutes, or until completely done inside.
  2. Meanwhile, make Make Cafe Brulot Sauce. Add all ingredients, except cornstarch and water to a large saucepan. Bring to a light boil over medium heat, whisking frequently. Strain into a bowl and return to pot. Bring to a boil once again. In a small bowl, stir together cornstarch and water until smooth, creating a slurry. When coffee mixture is boiling, add slurry, whisk very well and cook one additional minute, until it thickens. Remove from heat and cover until needed. 
  3. Remove meatballs from oven, drain and transfer to saucepan with sauce. Stir to combine and serve immediately.