Za’atar Meatballs and Endive in Lemony Broth

October 17, 2013
0 Ratings
  • Serves 4
What You'll Need
  • 2 quarts chicken broth
  • 1 pound ground pork
  • 1 garlic clove, finely grated
  • 2 tablespoons chopped oregano
  • 1 teaspoon sesame seeds, plus more for garnish
  • 1 teaspoon ground sumac, optional
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon lemon zest and 2 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 1/2 medium head curly endive
  • Warmed pita bread for serving
  1. Place chicken broth in a Dutch oven and bring to a simmer. Meanwhile, combine pork, garlic, oregano, sesame, sumac (if using), oil and lemon zest in a medium bowl; season generously with salt and pepper.
  2. Add endive to simmering broth. Using a cookie scoop or tablespoon measure, portion meat into 1-inch balls and drop directly into broth. Simmer meatballs 4 minutes or until just cooked through. Stir in lemon juice and adjust seasoning. Serve soup immediately and sprinkle with additional sesame seeds, if desired.

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2 Reviews

Mae March 6, 2024
I saved this recipe a long time ago (probably when it was newly posted 11 years ago 😳) and just made it for the first time today. I veganized it by making the meatballs out of vital wheat gluten, mushrooms, and walnuts. I used all the same seasonings as written in the recipe. I couldn't find endive, so I used curly kale instead and let it cook a few minutes longer to soften it. It was really good! It may seem like I changed a lot, but the seasoning combo and the lemony broth all came from this recipe, and the flavor was very good.
Bonnie September 16, 2014
This is so simply, quick, and fantastic!