Georgia Barnes' Australia Day Feast For Under $5 A Serve

24 January 2018

Co-author: Shay Waraker

Australians throughout the country will be firing up the barbie shortly in preparation for possibly the best-selling event for lamb – Australia Day. Luckily for us, MasterChef Australia 2015 runner-up Georgia Barnes provided us with a mouth-watering recipe that’s quick, simple and importantly – easy on the wallet.

Whether you’re having your mates over to celebrate, or you simply fancy a lamb treat, these lamb koftas are sure to be a hit. Best of all, Georgia tells us it all comes in under $20 for four people. Opa!

Here’s what you will need to create a lamb dinner worthy of blowing off a date with Tom Cruise for:


  • 500g lamb mince
  • 1 brown onion, finely diced
  • 2 tbsp Moroccan spice mix
  • 1 tbsp ground cumin
  • 200g frozen peas
  • 1 lemon, juiced
  • 2 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 clove garlic, crushed
  • 1 Continental cucumber, peeled into ribbons
  • 200g feta cheese, cubed
  • 1/2 cup mint leaves
  • Salt and pepper

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  1. To make the koftas: Place mince, onion, moroccan spice mix and cumin into a bowl. Mix together well until mixture is smooth. Divide and roll kofta mixture into oblong-shaped meatballs. Heat a grill pan or barbecue to medium heat. Cook koftas on all sides until golden brown and cooked through. Season with salt and pepper and set aside.
  2. To make the puree: Blanch frozen peas in boiling water until tender. Transfer peas to a food processor. Add 1/3 cup water, lemon juice, olive oil and garlic and blend until smooth. Season to taste with salt and pepper.
  3. To serve: Spoon puree onto a serving plate. Top with koftas and garnish with cucumber ribbons, feta and mint leaves.

Voila! A lamb dinner your mum would be proud of!

About Georgia Barnes

Georgia Barnes is a well-known food personality and creative home-cook with an unwavering passion for inspiring others. Having placed runner-up on MasterChef Australia in 2015, the 30-year-old is also a qualified nutritionist, presenter and content creator. You can find her recipes, blog and store at

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