I like to think of this recipe as Swedish-style but microbiome'd up (watch for incoming vocab for the 2021 Oxford English dictionary) with a healthy dose of 'shrooms!
I have to tell you, my husband gets over-excited whenever mushrooms are on the menu. Years back his signature dish was wild mushroom risotto and I can picture him now, stirring away in the heavy based sauté pan I brought back from a wine-tasting holiday in Nuits St Georges, France. We brought back some seriously special wine from there too!
This recipe is comfort food, make no mistake. Everyone's favourite, meatballs - sitting on a spoonful of silky smooth cauliflower mash, and semi-covered with a flavourful and equally smooth and wonderful mushroom sauce. Heavenly!
Add a selection of green leaves and you're looking at a special meal that takes just moments to prepare. And if you have any left over, you should know it keeps well too!
Lamb and Dill Meatballs with Creamy Mushroom Sauce and Cauli Mash
Prep time: 30 minutes
Cook time: 40 minutes
Print the recipe here!
1 small onion, finely chopped
2 large cloves garlic, minced
1+1/2 lb ground lamb
1/4 cup chopped dill
2 tablespoons pumpkin purée
pinch sea salt
2 teaspoons avocado oil to fry
3 tablespoons avocado oil
1 large shallot, finely chopped
10 oz white button mushrooms, sliced
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 cup chicken broth
1 cup coconut milk
generous pinch sea salt
extra dill to garnish
1 large head cauliflower, cut into medium florets
4-6 tablespoons bacon fat or other fat
generous pinch sea salt
To make the meatballs, put the onions into a frying pan and gently cook for 6 minutes until softened. Add the garlic and cook for a minute more. Transfer to a bowl to cool down.
Put the ground lamb into the large bowl with the onion, garlic and the remaining ingredients. Mix well and form into 16-18 walnut-sized balls.
Wipe out the pan and add the avocado oil followed by the meatballs. If they don't all fit, you will need to do two batches. Cook the meatballs for about 15 minutes on a medium heat, turning them to ensure they cook and brown evenly, regulating the temperature so they don't burn.
To make the sauce heat the avocado oil in a sauté pan and add the shallot. Cook for around 5 minutes on a gentle heat until translucent. Add the mushrooms and garlic and cook for 3-4 minutes on a low-medium heat, stirring frequently to ensure the onion and garlic don't burn.
Increase the heat to medium, add the chicken broth and deglaze the pan. Pour in the coconut milk and simmer for 7-8 minutes until reduced by one third. Transfer the mixture to a blender and blend until smooth.
Meanwhile steam the cauliflower for around 8 minutes. Place into a food processor and add the fat and a pinch of sea salt. Blend until smooth, taste and adjust the seasoning.
Arrange the meatballs onto bowls and pour the sauce over the top. Sprinkle extra chopped dill over the top and serve with cauli mash.
I had forgotten how much I love yr recipes! I saw this in my email this morning and have just made the Mash and Mushroom sauce. Im trying very hard not to eat all the sauce straight from the pan. Thanks for a top recipe 🙂
Haha, it's a goodie isn't it? So happy you like!
Anicia M. says
Hi Kate! I just found your website today and I am so excited to try just about every recipe on here! Especially the lamb meatballs and mushroom sauce. Going AIP has been tough because soooo many recipes calls for coconut milk, flour, etc. And I am allergic to coconut. Any other AIP suggestions you possibly have? My searches have not been successful.
Hi Anicia, thanks for stopping by, I'm so happy you found me.
What I would do for the sauce is to steam some cauliflower and purée it with enough bone broth to make a sauce that has a coating consistency. You can then heat it up again and pour over the meatballs. If you add a decent pinch of sea/Himalayan salt it will be delicious. You can also use celeriac (celery root) if you want a low FODMAP version. Hoping that helps.
Anicia . says
I would have never thought of that. Thank you so very much! I'm making your AIP Summer Salad right now. 🙂 I appreciate you.
Let me know how it works out - both the sauce and the salad. And I appreciate you too xo
There is at least 1 “Coconut-Free” AIP Facebook page out there. I think that you would find that resource very helpful.
Anicia M. says
Happy Wednesday Kate! You knocked it out of the park with that mushroom gravy. The cauliflower and broth were a perfect solution. What an awesome dish all around. Also, I did make the salad on Sunday and it was wonderful. I added smoked salmon to it....sooo good. Thank you again for your help!
Ah so happy the sauce was a success. Glad to hear you enjoyed the salad too. Yummy with smoked salmon.
Thanks so much for coming to tell me!
Sarah Hammett says
My mom made this for a special birthday meal but I can't do cauliflower so she made a mash with sweet potato and parsnip. This meal is so comforting and delicious! It's a new favorite!
I'm so happy to hear that, I'm honoured your mom made it for a special occasion!
This sounds delicious! Could I use almond milk to substitute for the coconut milk? Or is there another substitution? M family does not like the coconut flavor in savory dishes.
If you are okay with oat milk (Stage 4 reintro), that's my coconut-free choice. Almond milk will be fine too (Stage 2 reintro). Hope you love it.