Moroccan Spiced Lamb Meatloaf

This flavorful meatloaf recipe uses ground lamb, yogurt, garlic and spices to create a Moroccan-style twist on traditional meatloaf. The accompanying tomato-yogurt dipping sauce not only provides a tangy contrast to the richness of the lamb, it’s a delicious addition to complementing sides like couscous or steamed rice.

Moroccan Spiced Lamb Meatloaf

Moroccan-Spiced Lamb Meatloaf

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A flavorful twist on conventional meatloaf, this version is made with ground lamb seasoned with Moroccan-inspired spices and served with a tangy, tomato-yogurt sauce.

Ingredients

  • 1 lb ground lamb
  • 1 large egg, lightly beaten
  • 2 tablespoons plain yogurt
  • 1/3 cup dry breadcrumbs
  • 2 tablespoons fresh parsley, finely chopped
  • 1 clove garlic, very finely chopped
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 2 teaspoons Moroccan-style spice blend, see below
  • Freshly ground black pepper

For the Moroccan-style spice blend:

  • 1-1/2 teaspoons ground cumin
  • 1 teaspoon ground coriander
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon cayenne, or more to taste

For the tomato dipping sauce:

  • 3/4 cup tomato sauce
  • 2 tablespoons tomato paste
  • 2 tablespoons plain yogurt
  • 1 clove garlic
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons Moroccan-style spice blend, see above
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste
  • 1 tablespoon freshly squeezed lemon juice

Instructions

  • Preheat the oven to 375°F and coat a small roasting pan with nonstick spray.
  • Prepare the spice blend by thoroughly combining the cumin, coriander, cinnamon and cayenne in a small bowl.
  • Add the ground lamb, egg, yogurt, breadcrumbs, parsley, garlic, salt, Moroccan spice blend and a few grinds of black pepper to a mixing bowl.
  • Combine thoroughly and form the mixture into a small, rounded loaf (about 6 x 3-1/2 inches) and place it on the prepared roasting pan.
  • Bake for 25 minutes or until a thermometer inserted in the center of the meatloaf registers 150°F. Remove from the oven, tent loosely with foil and allow the meatloaf to rest for 10 minutes before slicing.
  • While the meatloaf bakes, combine the tomato sauce, tomato paste, yogurt, garlic and Moroccan spice blend in a small saucepan. Season to taste with salt and pepper and cook over medium-low heat for 10 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  • Remove the sauce from the heat, stir in the lemon juice and transfer the mixture to a small serving bowl.

Tips for Making This Recipe

Serving Suggestion:

Serve the meatloaf alongside couscous or steamed rice and a salad or green vegetable.
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