This easy Greek style meatball bake takes 5 minutes to prep and is made in one dish. Just mix a quick sauce, form your meatballs, pop them into the sauce and throw in the oven. It’s perfect for busy weeknights and is easily adaptable based on what you have to hand.
This is the ultimate ‘dump and go’ weeknight friendly meal. Most meatball recipes call for them to be browned in a pan first, and a sauce that’s made separately on the stove-top. This version cuts out all the extra work to make something that is truly effort free. All you need to do is mix tinned tomatoes with jarred olives and sundried tomatoes, then form meatballs and pop them straight in the sauce. Then they just go into the oven and you can forget about them for a bit!
And another bonus? All the lovely cooking juices from the lamb oozes out into the sauce, boosting the flavour up even more. It’s a win-win scenario in my mind.
You can also really play around with the ingredients in this one – I love adding a tin of chickpeas or butter beans to the sauce for a protein hit and to bulk it out further. If you don’t like olives, just leave them out or use more sundried tomatoes. Switch out the feta for mozzarella, cheddar or blue cheese. You can really make it your own!
There aren’t any hard to find ingredients in this dish – and you can play around with it based on what you have.
- Lamb mince. You could use beef, chicken, pork or turkey in place of the lamb here – or use a mix! Just try to make sure that whatever you use isn’t too lean – you need the fat to create a juicy meatball.
- Tinned tomatoes. The recipe uses two 400g tins – you can use crushed, plum, cherry tomatoes or passata.
- Feta. Switch out the feta for mozzarella, cheddar, blue cheese or chunks of halloumi.
- Olives. If you’re not an olive fan, just use more sundried tomatoes or you can leave them out.
- Mint. Use flat leaf parsley, basil or coriander or dried herbs if you’d prefer.
I also scattered over a couple of tablespoons of dukkah to serve at the end – but you can leave it out if you’d like.
How to make it
Start with the sauce – mix the tinned tomatoes, sundried tomatoes, olives, garlic and a little salt and pepper in a large oven proof dish, then set aside.
Get all the meatball ingredients into a large mixing bowl. The mixing is easiest to do with your hands so you can really make sure it’s all combined well. If you don’t want to touch the raw meat, use disposable gloves or you can use a spatula or spoon, just make sure to really mash it all together. Pick up a heaped tablespoon of the meatball mix, then roll it into a ball. Place directly in the sauce, continue with the rest of the mix, then throw the dish in the oven for 30 minutes.
After 30 minutes, the meatballs will be looking brown (and smelling glorious!) At this point, scatter the rest of the feta all over the top of the meatballs, then pop back in the oven for another 10 minutes. PRO TIP: If you want the meatballs super charred, place the dish under the grill (broiler) at the highest temperature for a few minutes, keeping an eye on it.
Remove the dish (carefully) from the oven, then scatter over the remaining herbs and dukkah if you’re using it. Enjoy with rice, orzo, with a nice chunk of bread, flatbreads or pile on top of creamy hummus like I’ve done here!
Got a question?
Yes! You could use beef, chicken, pork or turkey mince here (or a mixture – beef and lamb are great together).
Use mozzarella or cheddar – just something that melts nicely. You could also use a mix of cheeses – I always like throwing in some blue cheese!
They’re great served on top of creamy, super smooth hummus with soft garlic flatbreads on the side, or you could go for garlic butter potatoes, orzo, steamed rice, a chopped salad, steamed greens, piled into soft bread rolls or with a piece of focaccia to soak up the sauce.
This is a great one to make ahead! It’ll last for 5 days in an airtight container in the fridge and can be used in so many different ways throughout the week.
And if you want to prepare it in advance to cook later, assemble the bake in the dish up to a day in advance and store in the fridge, covered in foil. Then just pop into the oven to bake when you’re ready.
This dish is SUPER customisable based on what you have to hand. Skip the olives if you’re not a fan, or use more sundried tomatoes.
Like this recipe? Here are some other quick weeknight ideas you might enjoy
- Sticky Beef Fatteh (Middle Eastern Style Nachos)
- Easy Grilled Chicken Poke Bowls
- Baked Burrata and Tomato Pasta
If you make these meatballs, let me know in the comments below! I’d love to hear what you think.Print