When Marks and Spencers contacted me with a few recipes, I jumped at this one! We dont eat enough lamb – and since Easter is nearly upon us, there is no time like the present to get tucked in. Local lamb is at its best in May and June, so consider this practice for these lovely racks of lamb that will be in our near futures ♥
The recipe itself is very straight forward – and a great way to try Turkish/Greek cuisine. It can easily be mixed up to suit you and your families preferences too. Greek koftas are usually made with beef, or pork so dont worry if you arent a big fan of lamb. Add in some cinnamon for a warming edge to the dish, or step up the chilli content for those spice lovers! It would also be dead easy to just adapt one half of the mix to the adults in your families palates, and still have something for the little’uns – easy family dinner, thats a bit different to the norm 🙂
- 1tbsp Olive Oil
- 1/2 Small Onion, finely chopped
- 1 Garlic clove, crushed
- 1 Green Chilli, deseeded and chopped
- 500g Northern Irish Lamb Mince*
- 25g Fresh Mint ( I bought a little plant! )*
- 1 egg, beaten
- 1tsp ground coriander
- Pinch saffron
- 2tbsp Natural Yogurt*
- 4 Flat bread or Wraps ( we made our own - recipe linked below )
- Heat the oil in a small frying pan and fry the onion for 3 minutes, until soft. Add the garlic and chilli and cook for a further minute.
- Transfer to a bowl and mix in the lamb mince. Chop half the mint and fold into the lamb mixture, along with the egg, coriander and some seasoning.
- Divide into 8 and press on to the skewers ( you might find it easier to wet your hands first to prevent the meat from sticking, I made a might mess - all part of the fun!)
- Soak the saffron in 1 tbsp hot water for 10 minutes, then stir into the yogurt. Season and chill until ready to use.
- Heat the grill to high. Sit the koftas on an oiled grill rack over a grill pan and cook for 8-10 minutes, turning occasionally, until cooked through.
- Prepare your flat breads / wraps - then top with watercress and remaining mint leaves. Put 2 koftas on each tortilla and drizzle over the yogurt dressing to serve.
We used the same recipe as our flat bread pizzas, for the base – and it work really well! Just dont cook for 1/2 as long, because we want a soft wrap – instead of a crisp pizza base! 2/3 minutes on each side should so well 🙂 We also swapped out the strong bread flour for plain flour – simply because we had run out, and it still worked out super!
Id love to hear about your favourite family dishes – ones that seem a bit different, but dont cost the earth or require a million different utensils! And, as always let me know what you think, and if you give them a go!
*Marks and Spencers supplied this recipe and these ingredients free of charge. However I was under no obligation to blog about the recipe, or was I paid for my time / words. As always, all words are my own – and I would never recommend something to you I would not or do not use myself 🙂