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ground lamb -- seeking inspiration

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  • MAH Sep 4, 2011 12:52 PM
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I bought some lovely ground lamb at the market yesterday and am wondering what I should whip up. I'm thinking some little meatballs with grated onion, garlic, ras el hanout and feta. to enjoy with cocktails. I need both the yummy nibble (after a totally lackluster lunch at a local italian joint that hubby and I suffered through, but the toddler, wisely, refused to eat), and the cocktail.

We went to the same restaurant last weekend during Hurricane Irene, when our power was out and the town was generally in a state of disaster. That night, it was bustling, warm and inviting and I guess I was so happy to be in a place with power eating hot food, I totally misremembered the actual food experience. Now my memory has been correctly calibrated and I doubt we'll ever return. Too bad, the people are nice.

In any event, any other ideas for my ground lamb?

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  1. I'm not familiar with ras el hanout, but I do like the flavor and texture of pistachios in ground lamb dishes.

    1. I've had the "lamb" tag of this blog bookmarked forever and keep meaning to give most of the recipes a try. Had forgotten about it until I read your post. Will have to get some soon and give one of them a go.
      http://whattoeattonight.blogspot.com/...

      1. A basic mint, cumin, oregano, salt, and black pepper is always fairly standard. How to cook it is usually this issue. Ground lamb used to be more fatty than what I was used to. If it's fatty, I love it grilled. If it's lean, pan fry it with a little olive oil.

        1. My first thought was Adana kebab - I have this at a Turkish restaurant in town. I don't have a recipe but I think you can figure it out - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Adana_ke...

          My second thought was Moussaka or Shepards Pie.

          a lamb burger with feta cheese, You could stuff it with rice in a stuffed pepper,

          1. moussaka

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            1. re: magiesmom

              +1

              1. re: Seeker19104

                again for moussaka, just saw a "quickie" version of it by Sara Moulton on WebMD or something, looked totally luscious...if you think you want the quickie thing, please speak.
                Edit to add this link:
                http://www.webmd.com/food-recipes/spe...

                1. re: Val

                  Moussaka can be so good it is worth starting with a really good recipe, particularly if you have good ground lamb.

            2. Pastitisio

              1. Shepherd's pie! Your toddler will love it.

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                1. re: rccola

                  Sounds good to me, but highly unlikely. My toddler won't touch mashed potatoes (or really any other kind of white potato preparation). she also doesn't like things mixed together. she eats like a rock star and has a pretty adventurous palette, but i know giving her something like shepherd's pie -- made with things she otherwise likes mixed together -- is going to be rejected.

                  i've decided to go with the original idea of lamb meatballs made with finely grated onion, lots of garlic, ras el hanout and crumbled feta. I made them small and will broil or bake them. i'm guessing the little one will gobble them up, and will have them along with some relatively plain roasted veggies -- cauliflower, asparagus, and steamed broccoli.

                  I winged the meatball recipe. If it ends up being a winner, I'll report back. now back to enjoying the last few minutes of a quiet house before hubby's and little one's naps are over.

                2. Kofte Patties
                  Combine 1 lb. ground lamb; 3/4 c. finely chopped onion; 1/2 c. finely chopped parsley, 1 tsp. salt; 1/2 tsp. cinnamon, 1/2 tsp paprika; 1/4 tsp. cayenne; pepper. Shape into 4 patties. Broi 4" from heat about 10 minutes on each side.

                  I serve mine on toasted Kaiser rolls that have been slathered with a combination of mayonnaise and harissa.

                  1. There are at least ten threads on this very topic: http://www.chow.com/search?query=%22g...

                    1. I made a meatball (beef) tagine last night. It was quite tasty. The recipe is at Epicurious and it would work well with lamb. The ingredient list seems long because of the spices, but it went together very quickly. I'll definitely make it again.

                      1. I find lamb by itself to be too heavy and fatty for meatballs so I mix it half and half with lean ground beef. I usually add chopped garlic and ground coriander for spicing and fry them in a pan. Then stew them for a bit in a sauce made with caramelized onions, pureed tomatoes, smoked paprika and harissa. Serve it over couscous.

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                        1. re: hal2010

                          sounds awesome

                        2. grilled some great lamburgers a month or so back.....

                          1. I found this recipe last night and have vowed to try ti this week:

                            http://www.foodandwine.com/recipes/la...

                            Lamb Meatballs with Red Pepper & Chickpea Sauce

                            A recipe from the venerable Nanacy Silverton of Mozza who got it from her chef de cuisine at Campanile.

                            Sounds great.

                            1. Ground lamb always me think of Stuffed Grape Leaves.
                              My humble recipe: http://life-eos.blogspot.com/2007/11/...
                              Serve with tahini sauce or tzatziki.

                              When in doubt, get the larger jar of grape leaves. They keep very well and can be stuffed with rice, ground beef mixtures, or whatever strikes your fancy.