Thursday, June 25, 2009

Lamb Lettuce Wraps

This weekend the local strawberries were finally available at the farmers market so we bought enough to make a few batches of jam. This made for a really busy day in the kitchen & we didn't want to spend a long time making dinner so Matt came up with this quick dish based on the large head of greenleaf lettuce we got in our CSA box.
Lamb Lettuce Wraps
He calls this a "10 Minute Meal" because it took no time at all to make. The seasoning of the lamb was very flavorful & slightly middle eastern. I really enjoyed the texture of the almonds & the saltiness of the olives. The warm filling was really nice against the cool crispness of the lettuce though you could easily serve it in a pita or on top of some couscous or rice.

Lamb Lettuce Wraps

1/2 T olive oil
1/2 medium onion, chopped
1/2 lb ground lamb
1/2 t cumin
1/4 t coriander
1/4 t black pepper
1/4 t turmeric
1/4 c chopped green olives
2 T tomato paste
2 T sliced almonds
6 large lettuce leaves, washed & dried

Heat olive oil in a skillet over medium-high heat. Add the onion & sauté until just tender. Add lamb & cook until brown. Stir in cumin, coriander, pepper, turmeric, olives and tomato paste. Cook for 1 -2 minutes to blend flavors. Stir in almonds. Scoop a little into the middle of each lettuce leaf, wrap & serve.

Makes 6 wraps (which was 2 servings for us with a little pita & hummus on the side.)

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12 comments:

Beth said...

Sounds good. Im enjoying local strawberries at the moment - I love this time of year

Foodycat said...

I really like the idea of this! I love sang choy bow in Chinese restaurants, and the thought of doing it with ME flavours and a more tender lettuce is amazing!

Deborah said...

I'm getting strawberries from my garden for the first time this year and am loving it! I've only tried lamb once, this is something I should explore!

maybelle's mom said...

We are near the end of strawberries here. I love the idea of this--it would be nice lunch.

MrOrph said...

This is good stuff. We tried various lettuce wraps back when we were on the SB diet. I actually like these much more than some of the other things.

jillian said...

Yum- lamb lettuce wraps sound so good!

Lori said...

Sounds so delicious. We have not had lamb in a long time. THis si a great idea.

Psychgrad said...

I keep forgetting that I want to make the lettuce wraps. I'm all for a quick meal too! Looks delicious.

Grace said...

i think the almonds absolutely make this--what a great crunch they'd add to that flavorful meat!

Maris said...

These look really nice! Light and refreshing.

Maris said...

Well, most of it, anyway. I didn't notice the turmeric :)

Psychgrad said...

Made most of this tonight. Made it with ground turkey, so it wasn't as flavourful. Was nice, but need to keep working on it.

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