Smoky Spicy Lamb Meatball Flatbreads with Sweet Potato Purée


Sweet Potato Purée

1 1/2 pounds garnet or jewel yams (1 large or 2 small)
1/2 cup Greek yogurt
1 teaspoon kosher salt
1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract


1¼ pounds American ground lamb
2 garlic cloves, minced
1 teaspoon kosher salt
1 teaspoon Spanish smoked paprika
1 teaspoon ground cumin
½ teaspoon cinnamon
¼ teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil

Flatout Flatbread

4 Flatout Artisan Pizza Crust flatbread
4 handfuls baby arugula leaves
Optional Toppings: thinly sliced red onion, thinly sliced cucumber, parsley, mint or cilantro leaves, crumbled feta, sesame seeds, chile oil


Sweet potato purée

Preheat the oven to 400°F. Line a baking dish with aluminum foil. Prick each sweet potato a few times with a fork, and bake until very tender, about 1 hour. When cool enough to handle, peel the sweet potatoes, break them into large chunks, and purée in a food processor with the yogurt, salt, and vanilla until smooth. (The sweet potato purée will keep for a few days in the refrigerator; rewarm before serving.)


Combine the lamb, garlic, salt, paprika, cumin, cinnamon, and pepper in a large bowl and mix to thoroughly combine. Roll 2-tablespoon-size balls of the mixture to yield about 24 meatballs.

Heat the oil in a large frying pan over medium heat. When the oil is shimmering hot, add the meatballs in a single layer with room between them. (Cook in two batches if needed.) Let them cook without disturbing until a crust forms on the bottom side, about 2 minutes, then continue cooking, stirring often, until nicely browned on all sides and cooked through, 10 to 12 minutes.


Toast the flatbreads in a 375˚F oven until lightly browned around the edges and crisp, 3 to 5 minutes. Top each flatbread with a smear of the sweet potato purée, about 6 meatballs, a handful of arugula leaves, and the optional toppings of your choice. Serve hot or at room temperature with apple cider.


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COOK TIME: 1 hour