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Lamb Falafel

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Lamb Falafel
  • Prep Time 30 min
  • Total Time 60 min
  • Servings 4
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Lamb Falafel

Mini lamb meatballs seasoned with lots of herbs are baked and used for a pita sandwich!

Ingredients

1
pound ground lamb
1/2
medium white onion, chopped
2
cloves garlic, minced
1
large egg
1/2
cup bread crumbs
1/4
cup fresh mint
1/4
cup fresh parsley
1
teaspoon red pepper flakes
1
pinch salt and pepper
2
tablespoons olive oil (for drizzling)
4
pitas, halved (for sandwiches)
1
cup feta, crumbed (for sandwiches)

TZATZIKI SAUCE:

1
cup Mountain High™ original plain yoghurt
1
medium cucumber, seeded, peeled, chopped
1
clove garlic, minced
1/2
large lemon, juice only
2
tablespoons fresh parsley
1
tablespoon olive oil
1
pinch salt

Directions

  • 1 For Tzatziki sauce, peel and seed cucumber and dice finely. Also mince garlic and parsley. Add to a bowl with yogurt and other ingredients and stir together. Store in fridge until needed. Can be made in advance.
  • 2 To make lamb balls, dice all veggies and stir them into ground lamb along with egg and breadcrumbs. Season with salt, pepper, and red pepper flakes.
  • 3 Line a baking sheet with parchment paper for easier clean up and form large tablespoon-sized meatballs with lamb mixture. Flatten each ball slightly into a disc. You should get 20-24 balls out of the lamb mixture.
  • 4 Drizzle lamb balls with olive oil and season with a pinch of salt and pepper.
  • 5 Bake lamb balls at 400°F for 20 minutes, flipping once halfway through.
  • 6 To make a sandwich, separate pita bread so you can stuff it. Sometimes it helps to microwave the pita for 10 seconds.
  • 7 Add a few spoonfuls of tzatziki sauce to the pita along with a pinch of crumbled feta. Add 2-3 lamb balls to each half of the pita and garnish with another drizzle of sauce and a few sprigs of fresh mint. Serve immediately!
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Lamb Falafel Sandwiches

As prepared by Macheesmo,

Falafel is generally made with chickpeas, but sometimes a chickpea patty just won’t cut it for me...


So I’ll frequently use lamb!

For these lamb falafel sandwiches, the ground lamb is mixed with a bunch of fresh herbs and spices and baked instead of fried. Like many Mediterranean sandwiches, it’s served with a tangy yogurt sauce, crumbled cheese, and fresh mint.

Let’s start with the sauce because while it may seem like just a condiment, the sauce is maybe more important than the lamb. It gives some moisture to the sandwich and also a nice tangy kick.

You’ll need these things.

Sauce ingredients

Mince the parsley and garlic pretty finely for the sauce. For the cucumber, you can leave it on the chunkier side, but make sure you peel and seed it.

Mixing sauce

Stir everything together and store it in the fridge until you need it. You can definitely make this sauce in advance. It’ll keep fine in the fridge for many days. In fact, I think it’s a bit better on day two because the flavors have time to meld.

Sauce done

Okay. On to the lamb. This recipe is very similar to a lamb meatloaf, actually, that I just form into small balls and bake. The ingredients will probably look familiar if you ever make meatloaf.

The one difference is this recipe has a lot of fresh herbs in it. It might look like too much when you start, but just trust me. The fresh herbs give the final meatballs a fantastic flavor.

Meatball ingredients

Just mix everything together with your hands. Try to keep it nice and light, but make sure the egg and breadcrumbs are mixed in evenly. Again, it might look like there’s too much onion and herbs, but it works out in the end.

Meat mixed

To form the meatballs, just lay some parchment paper or foil onto a baking sheet (for easier cleanup) and then form large tablespoon-sized balls with the meat mixture.

Flatten them a bit just so they are easier to stuff in a pita later.

Meatballs formed

Bake these guys at 400 degrees for about 20 minutes. I recommend flipping them halfway through just to make sure they cook evenly.

When these are done, they will be browned and a lot of the fat will be cooked out. Oh…they will also smell amazing!

Meatballs cooked

Making a sandwich is simple enough. I recommend microwaving your pita for 10 seconds so it opens easier. Then add in some tzatziki sauce and crumbled feta.

Making sandwich

Stuff in a few of the lamb meatballs and top with more sauce and a few springs of fresh mint.

Sandwich up close

I love these for dinner, but there’s no reason why you couldn’t make a batch of these over the weekend and take it for lunch throughout the week as well!





Nick thinks that people should cook with more mint. Be sure to check out his blog, Macheesmo, his book, Cornerstone Cooking, and check out his Tablespoon profile.
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