Monday, May 14, 2012

Ground lamb patties

I am behind on my posts. I've increased my work hours (the whole working part time because you're a mom kind of gets old when your kid goes back east to college) so I'm getting used to a new schedule. Plus it's baseball season which means Mike and I are going to see the SF Giants and eating sheboygans and garlic fries at the park. I love summer!

I made these lamb patties a week or two ago and we happily scarfed them up. I love lamb, ground lamb and the spices-seasoning combo here with tahini sauce-all favorites. This inspiration is from Food & Wine. Here's the link As usual I changed this recipe to suit me and the situation so I made lamb patties that I baked rather than kebabs that were grilled. Mike does not have the grill ready (hard to believe, I know).

Ground Lamb Patties with Pine Nuts and Tahini Sauce

~3/4 pound ground lamb
1/3 cup pine nuts
handful of finely chopped mint (reserve some for garnish)
handful of finely chopped flat-leaf parsley (reserve some for garnish)
1 teaspoon ground cumin
1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1 garlic clove, peeled,cored and pressed
1/2 red onion, minced
kosher salt and freshly ground pepper, to taste
extra virgin olive oil, for brushing

1/4 cup tahini
1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
1 garlic clove, peeled,cored and pressed
1/4 cup water

Preheat your oven to 400 degrees. In a bowl, mix the lamb with the pine nuts, mint, parsley, cumin, cinnamon, garlic, onion, salt and pepper. Form into patties and place on broiling pan sprayed with vegetable spray. Brush some olive oil for the exposed side and again when you turn the patties over. Cook about 5 minutes per side.

Whisk together tahini, lemon juice, garlic and water heated over low heat. Sprinkle in alittle chopped mint and parsley to garnish.

I served this with roasted sweet potato slices with smoked paprika and cole slaw with lots of hot sauce. I made a mayo based cole slaw dressing and added hot sauce because I did not have horseradish. Yum!
Hit the spot! 

These patties were delicious and easy and would be great as lamb burgers or as the orginal kebabs. They would be delicious grilled and great with eggplant and pita. Mike was happy as usual and hopefully will get that grill going soon. Enjoy!

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