1tablespoonolive oiloptional, only if your lamb is very lean
large pinchkosher salt
freshly ground black pepperto taste
crumbled feta cheeseto taste
finely chopped fresh mintto taste
finely chopped fresh parsleyto taste
Move a rack to upper third of oven and preheat to 425°F.
Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
To make the Garlicky Tomato Sauce: Add tomatoes, garlic, mint and parsley to a blender pitcher; blend until smooth. Add olive oil and blend again. Season to taste with salt and freshly ground black pepper. Pour mixture into a medium saucepan and set on the stove over low heat; bring to simmer, stirring occasionally until you're ready to pour sauce over cooked meatballs.
Meanwhile make lamb meatballs. In a large bowl, whisk together egg and milk. Stir in shallot, parsley, olive oil (only if your ground lamb is very lean), salt and pepper. Add lamb and mix just until combined (don't overmix or your meatballs will be tough).
Scoop meatballs out with a 2-tablespoon scoop or heaping standard tablespoon and place in a ragged mound on prepared baking sheet. Repeat with remaining lamb mixture leaving space around each meatball. Gently roll each mound to form a ball.
Bake meatballs until cooked through and lightly browned, about 10 minutes.
Transfer meatballs to serving bowl and pour desired amount of Garlicky Tomato sauce over. Gently toss meatballs to coat. Top with a generous amount of crumbled feta and fresh mint and parsley; serve.
Note that you'll need finely chopped fresh mint and parsley for multiple steps in the recipe - I recommend chopping it all at once in the beginning.
If your ground lamb is very lean, I recommend adding a tablespoon or even two of olive oil to the mix to ensure that they're very juicy!
To keep your meatballs delicate not tough, take special care not to overmix your meatballs and form them gently without pressing too hard.
When garnishing with feta, mint and parsley, be generous! You'll make your meatballs and tomato sauce sing with flavor!
You'll have plenty of sauce! Serve the meatballs extra saucy (as we like) or add hot pasta to this dish to toss with meatballs and sauce for a heartier meal or save extra for another use (it freezes well!).