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Sunday, July 28, 2013

Ground Lamb Pitas with Tomato-Mint Salad



It’s all about the spiced lamb and fresh, minty salad in these flavorful, casual dinner sandwiches. Think Greek salad in a pita pocket with aromatic, Mediterranean-tasting meat—rich but not heavy, and very satisfying.

If you’re serving a crowd and prefer to go meatless, try these vegetarian Tabbouleh Party Appetizers.

Serves 4

Ingredients
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 lb ground lamb
  • 2 garlic cloves
  • 1 small white onion, chopped
  • 1 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp ground cumin
  • 1/2 tsp ground coriander
  • 1/4 tsp ground cloves
  • sea salt
  • freshly ground black pepper
  • 2 cups chopped tomatoes
  • 2/3 cup chopped seedless cucumber
  • 1/2 cup crumbled feta cheese
  • 1/3 cup torn fresh spearmint leaves
  • 2 large pitas with pockets, halved for 4 pockets
Spices for the Lamb
Salad Ingredients
Preparation
  1. Heat a skillet over medium heat and add the oil. Add the lamb, garlic, and onion and cook, crumbling the meat, 5 minutes.
  2. Stir in the cinnamon, cumin, coriander, and cloves and season with salt and pepper. Cook until most of the liquid is absorbed and the lamb is cooked through, 3-4 minutes longer. Remove from the heat and let cool 10 minutes.
Lamb, Garlic, and Onions
Spices Added 
Cooked Lamb Mixture
  1. Meanwhile, place the tomatoes, cucumber, feta, and mint in a bowl and toss lightly to combine. Stir the tomato mixture into the cooled lamb mixture. 
Tomato-Mint Salad 
Salad Added to Lamb Mixture
Divide among 4 pita pockets and serve. 

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