Monday, January 7, 2013

Crispy mini lamb pita bites

Crispy mini lamb pita bites with herbaceous yogurt sauce

- 1 lb ground lamb
- 1 or 2 packages mini pitas (whole wheat or white) 
- 1 egg
- 1 bunch parsley
- 1 bunch cilantro
- 1/4 red or white onion, finely diced
- 4 garlic cloves, grated or microphlaned 
- Salt & black pepper
- 1 tsp dry mint
- 1 1/2 tbsp Worcestershire sauce
- 2 tsp pomegranate molasses
- Juice of half a small lime or 1 tbsp lemon juice + zest if you desire
- 1 tbsp olive oil
- 1 tsp sumac (totally optional)

- Mix all of the above, set aside to marinade.

You will also need some oil for pan frying later, olive oil and a plane oil (about a few tbsp of each)

Meanwhile for sauce: 

- 1 1/2 cups plain bulkan yogurt
- 1 large bunch dill, finely chopped
- 1 clove garlic, grated
- 1 bunch cilantro (about 2 tbsp chopped)
- 1 bunch of chives, chopped
- 1/2 tsp dry mint or 1 bunch fresh mint 


Salt & black pepper
- Lemon or lime juice
- 1/2 tbsp vinegar or juice from pickle jar.

Blend the above together and let it sit in fridge and just before serving season with salt and add lemon/vinegar mixture.

For meatballs, prepare pitas by gently slicing the side open (if they crumble a little it's ok, it's easier to make this recipe with fresh pitas but I had bought mine in advance and threw them in the freezer and after thawing they crumbled a bit on me)

Take a handful of meat about the size of a golf ball and stuff your pitas by placing the ball of meat inside and then once the pita flap is closed just press lightly to create a sort of "burger"

Set aside and when ready to fry heat some olive oil along with a plain oil in a skillet on medium, it's better to get the olive oil really hot to sear the outside and then lower it to finish cooking the lamb inside.  I hope my video will better describe this part as it's a bit tricky but you should be able to achieve a nice crispy outter layer. 

Serve warm and fresh with seasoned yogurt sauce and enjoy!

It seems in this house there is no head chef, there is only a headless one because for some reason it seems I'm always adjusting my camera angle wrong and chopping my head off, haha.  I really need to pay more attention to this.  It wont happen again, I promise.  Twice is just enough!

Today was a super busy day with having my new windows installed throughout most of the house.  It did not help either that I haven't had a good night's sleep because one of my kitties got into the habit of chewing at my foot. ( excuse my tired appearance in the video and you'll see me glancing over to check on the guys coming in and out from time to time as they work)

This recipe was so easy and yummy, it's a keeper and will be making it again, especially if I can find those little pitas on sale again (they're usually so pricey!)

The kitties could not wait for the next morning to inspect the new windows that were installed.  They're just LOVING it!

1 comment:

Jessica said...

Love your recipes and your kittens are so sweet. What a great blog!