We have such a big adjustment- to life!- at the beginning of the school year. I feel like we’re always pressed for time… especially when it comes to preparing a family dinner. I have a few weeknight meals that I’d like to share that have helped us during crunch time. 🙂
This delicious sheet pan dinner was adapted from Bon Appétit, contributed by Claire Saffitz. I used ground turkey instead of ground chicken and halved the harissa to decrease the level of spiciness. We ate it with crusty bread. Spicy and Great!!
Update- I’ve made this full-flavored dish with ground chicken as well. Wonderful!
3 to 6 tablespoons jarred harissa paste, divided ( I used Trader Joe’s Harissa)
1 large egg
½ cup panko
6 ounces feta in brine plus ¼ cup brine, cheese crumbled, divided (I used sheep’s milk feta)
⅔ cup chopped parsley, divided
6 tablespoons olive oil, divided
3 garlic cloves, divided
1 teaspoon coarse salt, plus more
freshly ground black pepper
1 pound ground chicken or turkey
1 pint mixed cherry or grape tomatoes, halved if large
1 15-ounce can chickpeas, rinsed, drained
- crusty bread, for serving, optional
Place a rack in top of oven; preheat to 400°, preferably on convection roast.
Taste your harissa. If it’s extremely spicy, cut quantities used in recipe in half (…which I did!).
Using a fork, stir 1 egg, ½ cup panko, ¼ cup feta brine, half of crumbled feta, half of parsley, 2 T (or 4 T if not halved) harissa, and 2 T oil in a large bowl until egg is blended and mixture looks homogenous.
Finely grate or push 2 garlic cloves through a garlic press into bowl, then add 1 teaspoon salt and several cranks of black pepper. Be pretty generous here; 10 cranks wouldn’t be too much! Stir again with a fork.
Add ground meat to garlic and work with clean hands until the meat is totally intermingled with panko mixture. Work it enough so that you don’t see big distinct pieces of meat, but then stop. Overworking could lead to crumbly meatballs. The mixture will feel very soft and wet and look a bit shiny.
Pour tomatoes and chickpeas into the center of a large rimmed baking sheet. Add 2 T oil and remaining 1 T (or 2 T if not halved) harissa. Season with a good pinch of salt and pepper. Using clean hands or a small spatula, toss everything together right on sheet until chickpeas and tomatoes are evenly coated.
Next you’re going to form the meatballs, but don’t wash your hands if you used them—the coating of oil will prevent them from sticking to your palms. Roll ground meat mixture gently and loosely between your palms into about 14 to 16 golf ball-sized balls (it’s okay if the balls aren’t perfectly round; just try to make them about the same size). (I used a large cookie scoop and kept my hands clean.) Place on baking sheet, tucking them in and around chickpeas and tomatoes and spacing evenly apart.
Bake meatballs on top rack until about halfway cooked through, 12–15 minutes. Remove from oven and take a look. The tomatoes should be starting to soften and burst, and the meatballs should look opaque and feel a bit springy to the touch. If not, bake a few minutes longer.
Meanwhile, combine remaining 3 oz. feta, ⅓ cup parsley, and 2 T oil in a small bowl, then grate or use a garlic press to add in the remaining garlic clove. Toss with fork to distribute. Turn on broiler (to high if your broiler has settings).
Place baking sheet back on top rack if your broiler is on the top of your oven. Broil meatballs, rotating tray once or twice if they’re browning unevenly, until browned and fully cooked through, some tomatoes are lightly charred, and some chickpeas are crisp, 8–10 minutes.
Let sit a few minutes, then sprinkle feta mixture over meatballs.
Note: Meatballs can be formed on baking sheet 1 day ahead. Cover with plastic wrap and chill.
I’m bringing my dish to share at Angie’s Fiesta Friday #190, co-hosted by Shinta @Carmel Tinted Life and Diann @Of Goats and Greens. Enjoy!
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Lovely idea/recipe, Josette. Thank you 🙂
I’ll make it again for sure! Thanks, Yana. 🙂
Terrific dish full of flavor yet quick for busy weeknight. Love it Josette!
Thank you! Loaded with flavor, Johanne! 🙂
Perfect combination of flavors. Love it!
Thank you so much, Tracey. I loved how feta topping balances the spiciness of the meatballs.
Me too, sounds great.
Wow! Wow! Wow!! I love the sound of this dish and I love anything with harissa!! Thanks for sharing and happy Fiesta Friday!
I am quite a harissa fan myself! 😉 Thank you so much, Jhuls. 🙂
This is truly brilliant! Simple elements, but what you’ve done with them is wonderful. Even the cheese mixed with the parsley!!!
I do love a lot of the ideas from Bon Appetit. Thanks, Mimi!
This is a very good mix of flavours! I can imagine how delicious this will taste once out of the oven on a chilly day. Thank you for sharing it at Fiesta Friday!
Thank you for hosting the party this week! Nice to meet you. 🙂
What a wonderful dish. We used ground turkey a lot, will definitely be trying this out soon. Love harissa in some of the dishes I’ve made before, and I can just see this all coming together with the grape tomatoes, chickpeas etc. Quite lovely!
We really loved this dish, Loretta. Enjoy!