Ground lamb cooked with Mediterranean spices and served atop hummus.
I saw this recipe about a year ago on The View from the Great Island. Her recipe used cubed lamb and a Mediterranean spice blend and made my mouth water (did I mention that the pictures are awesome). I love Mediterranean style foods so I pinned the recipe and knew I would eventually try it.
Well, lamb is pretty expensive out here and my usual store has a small selection so this recipe stayed in the back of my mind until my husband found some ground lamb on sale and brought it home. I initially didn't know what to do with the ground lamb (I was thinking lamb burgers or something) because I was waiting for some kind of lamb roast to cube like the original recipe. Finally, it just clicked that I could use ground lamb instead. I'm so glad I didn't wait for a lamb roast this was so delicious. It has amazing flavor and is actually pretty light. I served the lamb and hummus with pita, broccoli, and a carrot and cucumber salad. It was great to just scoop some of the lamb and hummus with pitta or my favorite a cucumber slice. I can't wait until ground lamb is on sale again.
Spiced Lamb and Hummus
Modified from Hummus with Spiced Lamb | The View from the Great Island
2 Tbsp Mediterranean spice mix:
2 tsp paprika
1 tsp allspice
1 tsp garam masala (optional)
1 tsp coriander
1/4 tsp cumin
1/4 tsp cinnamon
1/4 tsp turmeric
1/4 tsp dried rosemary
1 pound ground lamb
Juice of 1 lemon
Toasted sliced almonds
Salt and pepper
In a large frying pan cook the ground lamb over medium heat. Sprinkle 1 Tbsp of the spice mix on the raw meat and add a little salt and pepper.
When meat has browned pour off excess grease and taste for seasoning. Add more spice mix if necessary and squeeze in lemon juice.
To serve dollop 1-2 Tbsp of hummus on the center of a large plate. Smooth, with the back of a spoon, into a wider circle that is thinner in the center. Place 1/4 lamb mixture on top of the hummus and sprinkle with sliced almonds. Lastly drizzle on some olive oil.
Serve with pitta, vegetable, and/or salad.
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