The LO loved this and so did my hubby. My elder daughter was not a fan but it’s not abnormal for her to dislike new foods these days. It was so easy and makes the best leftovers for lunch or dinner.
(inspired by Bonappetit recipe)
- 1/2 cup plain whole-milk Greek yogurt
- 2 tsp. fennel seeds
- 1 tsp. kosher salt
- freshly ground black pepper
- 1 lb. ground beef
- 1 Tbsp. (or more) extra-virgin olive oil
- 1 large shallots, thinly sliced
- 2 garlic cloves, thinly sliced
- 1/4 head of cabbage, thinly sliced
- Kosher salt, freshly ground pepper
- 3 cups chicken broth
- 1 Tbsp. white wine vinegar
- 4 stalks kale and/or chard, removed from veins and sliced
- Handful sugar snap peas, thinly sliced on a diagonal
- 1/2 cup shelled fresh (or frozen) English peas
- Lemon wedges
- Mix yogurt, fennel seeds, salt, and pepper in a large bowl just to combine. Add beef and mix with your hands (or a wooden spoon) until well blended but take care not to overmix, or meatballs could be dense.
- Using your hands, lightly pack meatball mixture into tangerine-size balls (about 1½” in diameter) and place them on a rimmed baking sheet.
- Heat oil in a large heavy pot over medium-high. Working in batches and adding more oil if needed, add meatballs to pot, making sure to leave enough space between them so you can move them freely, and cook, turning occasionally to help them keep their shape, until evenly browned on all sides, 5–8 minutes. The trick is to make sure the meatballs don’t fall apart. Let them get sufficiently browned on each side before trying to move them. Once cooked, set aside in a bowl.
- Add shallots, garlic, and cabbage and greens to pot (no need to wipe out). Season with salt and pepper and cook for a few minutes
- Add broth and vinegar to pot and bring liquid to a simmer. Cook until cabbage is just tender. Return meatballs to pot along with any juices that have accumulated and simmer long enough to let flavors meld, 6–8 minutes.
- Just before serving, add sugar snap peas and English peas to broth and cook until no longer raw, just a minute or two (you want them to retain a little bit of bite).
- Serve with garlic chili oil and lemon wedges.