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ISO Ground Lamb Recipe

aussiewonder Mar 3, 2008 05:28 AM

Hi all,
I bought ground lamb on a whim yesterday and now I'm not really sure what I want to make with it. Any suggestions? Originally I was thinking Moussakka but thought i'd ask for advice first. Ideally, I don't want to have to go back to the grocery store for any major items so would love to use what I have in the house: fresh herbs (parsley, thyme, rosemary, oregano, mint); onions (green, purple and brown); fennel; parsnips; green beans; feta; tomatoes; spinach; plenty of hard cheeses; spices; lots of tomato puree. Time really isn't an issue as I'm home all day packing so i can marinate or slow cook but would prefer minimal work.

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    Procrastibaker RE: aussiewonder Mar 3, 2008 05:46 AM

    This pie is excellent-- I usually use just a regular double pie crust, but I'm sure the puff pastry would be good. Phyllo would probably also work well.


    1. sheilal RE: aussiewonder Mar 3, 2008 05:52 AM

      If I have ground lamb on hand I usually make gyros. Here's the receipe I use:
      1 lb lean ground lamb
      2 cloves garlic (crushed)
      1 1/2 teaspoons dried oregano (crushed)
      1 teaspoon onion powder
      1 teaspoon salt
      3/4 teaspoon pepper

      Sometimes I make patties (if I have buns instead of pita) and sometimes I make a loaf. If you make patties broil for 8-10 minutes. If you make a loaf bake for 30-40 minutes at 350. The key when you make the loaf is to really press the mixture in tight in the pan. When it's cooked let it cool a bit. Slice it thin. I like a little bit on char on my gyro so I so that in a non-stick. It doesn't have the exact consistency of a true gyro, but the flavor is very, very close. Topped with tzaziki sauce, it's wonderful!!

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        Kamcy RE: sheilal Mar 9, 2010 03:10 PM

        I just tried this recipe last night and it was delicious. Thanks so much. It was quick and easy.

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          scubadoo97 RE: Kamcy Jun 8, 2010 07:01 PM

          I had a piece of lamb leg that I had used for shish kabob. I ground it up and added both some shawarma spices and Indian masala spices along with some diced onions, and soaked bulgur wheat and made lamb burgers. The burgers came out great and I took a cold left over burger and sliced it then and after heating tucked it into a pita with some tzaziki sauce. A dirty gyro. I've made my own gyros and this was not bad for using a left over lamb burger.

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          jen429atl RE: sheilal Jun 8, 2010 06:19 PM

          I just tried this as a loaf and it turned out fantastic. Actually I had 1/2 pound ground lamb and 3/4 pound ground chicken and ended up doing half and half (not mixed, but side by side). It turned out really well since the extra fat from the lamb ended up making the chicken side really moist.

        3. MMRuth RE: aussiewonder Mar 3, 2008 06:18 AM

          Here's a recipe I really like for lamb meatballs - only time consuming part is forming the meatballs, but you might not be up for that:


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            vicarious RE: MMRuth Mar 4, 2008 05:50 AM

            I tried MMRuth's recipe when it was posted previously and thought it was wonderful!

          2. JungMann RE: aussiewonder Mar 3, 2008 07:16 AM

            Usually ground lamb is used for making kheema matar in my household, an Indian dish of lamb, peas and cumin. You could pair it with spinach curry and rice for a quick and easy Indian dinner.

            My favorite food using ground lamb would be kibbeh. Stuffed meatballs is the closest description I can offer, but they are certainly worth trying if you decide to go to the market for a few extra ingredients. They would match wonderfully with your vegetables and some feta.

            1. QueenB RE: aussiewonder Mar 3, 2008 08:18 AM

              What about shepherd's pie? If you don't have potatoes, used the parsnips mashed for the topping?

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                coll RE: QueenB Mar 4, 2008 12:38 PM

                I make Shepherd's Pie with ground lamb on St Patricks Day, the rest of the year with just regular chop meat. Lamb is so superior, it's just that I have to chop it myself.

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                  Mushroom RE: coll Mar 4, 2008 03:27 PM

                  I made Sheperd's Pie with ground lamb for the first time this past Fall and I will never make it with ground beef again. It was incredible. Fortunately, my grocery store (Hen House) carries ground lamb - I can't imagine chopping it myself.

                  I'm making empanadas this weekend and I'm going to try them with lamb instead of beef - I hope to have the same results as I had with the Sheperd's Pie.

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                    scubadoo97 RE: coll Mar 4, 2008 04:40 PM

                    I only grind my own meat. Even you ground beef will be superior when you grind it yourself.

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                      coll RE: scubadoo97 Mar 5, 2008 01:02 AM

                      Just lucked into a brand new manual meat grinder at Salvation Army for $1, will be grinding a lot of meat in the future!

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                  Analisas mom RE: aussiewonder Mar 4, 2008 07:16 AM

                  I make ground Lamb burger mix the lamb with garlic and oregano and mint s&p then i wrap the meat around a nice chunk of feta. I grill then serve with yogurt cuccumber dill red onion and tomato these are so good. I sometimes add grilled egg plant.

                  1. ktmoomau RE: aussiewonder Mar 4, 2008 09:13 AM

                    I wouldn't use ground lamb for gyros, the real meat is much better than ground for that. I would consider making a lamb chili. There is a version with lamb, tomatoes and black beans that is very good, my aunt makes it often.

                    Also lamb pastitsio is very good.

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                      pamd RE: aussiewonder Mar 4, 2008 09:34 AM

                      I do love making Moussakka, but as an alternative this is a nice one from a previous post- thanks AnneInMpls!


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                        Erika L RE: aussiewonder Mar 4, 2008 10:28 AM

                        This recipe calls for a jalapeno and chili powder--not sure if those are already hanging around your kitchen, but you could use this base recipe and sub the fresh herbs that you have on hand, as well as fresh tomatoes for canned. Bet some chopped spinach would work in here, too.

                        Lamb and Lentil Stew

                        1 onion
                        6 cloves garlic
                        1 lb ground lamb
                        1 jalapeno
                        1 - 2 Tbsp chili powder, to your heat preference
                        2 tsp oregano
                        1 tall can (about 14 oz) tomato chunks
                        1 tall can (about 12 oz) tomato sauce
                        1 c dry lentils

                        Cook the lentils in 3 c of water for 15 minutes--they'll still be crunchy. Drain and set aside.

                        Chop the onion and mince the garlic, then saute them another pan in a little oil. Add the lamb and cook till the onions are translucent and the lamb is no longer pink. Stir in the minced jalapeno and herbs. Add the tomato stuff and simmer.

                        Add the lentils to the lamb and thin with water, if desired. Simmer another ten minutes.

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                          queenrobot RE: Erika L Apr 3, 2009 10:52 AM

                          I made this last night after many searches of ground lamb recipes. It was great! I added a little more spice than the recipe called for (I used crushed red peppers as well as hot chili powder) I think this is great for introducing someone to lamb and getting some nutrition and taste as the same time.

                        2. Sophia. RE: aussiewonder Mar 4, 2008 11:10 AM

                          Epicurious has a recipe for lamb sausage with mint and feta. I made it this weekend and it was really good and easy--I would have considered them more like little flattened meatball patties than true sausages, but they were great with tzatziki!

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                            miss_mia RE: aussiewonder Mar 4, 2008 01:33 PM

                            Lamb meatballs are wonderful; another option would be the Turkish pizza called "pide." Paula Wolfert has a good recipe - maybe in the cookbook "Mediterranean Cooking," but here's a link to another version: http://www.recipezaar.com/129651.

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                              Querencia RE: aussiewonder Mar 4, 2008 05:50 PM

                              Middle-Eastern Meatballs: Mix ground lamb with garlic powder, salt, dried dill, dried mint, and cinnamon. Form into 1/4 lb meatballs, oval shaped. Put in baking dish. Mix canned tomato sauce with lemon juice, mint, garlic powder, dill, and cinnamon and pour over. You can also cut up some zucchini squash and put in with the lamb. Bake. Serve with rice.

                              1. aussiewonder RE: aussiewonder Mar 5, 2008 10:26 AM

                                Thanks everyone for your suggestions! I ended up using the ingredients from Procrastibaker's 'Lamb, Raisin, Pine Nut' pie, adding the juice from the tinned tomatoes and made a moussaka with it. I layered grilled eggplant in the bottom of the dish, topped with the lamb mixture, another layer of grilled eggplant and then a light cheese sauce over top. Deluxe! Thoroughly enjoyed and was just the flavors I was looking for and as an ADDED bonus? I didn't have to go to the store and buy anything, I got to use up the pinenuts and mint :)

                                1. DiveFan RE: aussiewonder Mar 5, 2008 01:27 PM

                                  Next time, make stuffed grape leaves:

                                  'Use up' the pine nuts? Man, those things are gold around here (and priced accordingly).

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                                    aussiewonder RE: DiveFan Mar 8, 2008 12:01 PM

                                    Moving house, moving countries, so using up everything I can in the fridge, freezer, pantry etc....

                                  2. yumyum RE: aussiewonder Mar 10, 2008 11:41 AM

                                    Next time, this recipe for lamb burgers on epi is great -- dead easy and delicious. My guests can never get enough when I make it.


                                    1. Antilope RE: aussiewonder Mar 10, 2008 11:48 AM

                                      Ground lamb and rice can be used to stuff bell peppers and tomatoes.

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