Lettuce leaves offer a light, fresh alternative to pita or flatbread. If you can't find red pepper hummus, plain hummus is a welcome substitute.
2 teaspoons canola oil
1 cup finely chopped onion
2 teaspoons minced fresh garlic
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
3/4 teaspoon kosher salt
1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
6 ounces lean ground lamb
1/2 cup chopped fresh parsley
1/2 cup chopped tomato
1/2 cup chopped cucumber
1/4 cup plain fat-free Greek yogurt
1/4 cup red pepper hummus (such as Tribe)
8 Boston lettuce leaves
2 tablespoons torn mint leaves
1 tablespoon pine nuts, toasted
How to Make It
Heat a large skillet over high heat. Add oil to pan; swirl to coat. Add onion and next 5 ingredients (through lamb) to pan; sauté 5 minutes or until lamb is done. Combine parsley, tomato, and cucumber in a medium bowl. Stir in lamb mixture. Combine yogurt and hummus in a small bowl. Place about 1/4 cup lamb mixture in each lettuce leaf. Top each wrap with 1 tablespoon hummus mixture. Divide mint and pine nuts evenly among wraps.
Made this tonight for my husband, daughter and son-in-law. Very quick to make. All liked it and my husband declared it should be added to our dinner rotation. I served with some Greek appetizers (tapenade & tabouli with pita, and dolmas) and also had tzatziki sauce as a topping, although most preferred the one in the recipe. For dessert, we had watermelon, mint, feta salad with balsamic glaze...perfect to go with the Greek theme.
The family loves this recipe. This has more of a Greek influence with the spices used so if you not a fan of braised lamb shank you probably will not like this either. We found the store bought ground lamb is greasy and in many areas hard to find so we grind our own from a trimmed leg of lamb from Costco and also use it for yummy lamb burgers with feta.
Don't be mislead by the 3 star rating. This is a delicious meal and we will definitely make again - just not worthy of a special occasion as noted by other reviewers. My husband had 3 lettuce cups for his serving (2 left him hungry). Served with corn on the cob and steamed broccoli with tzatziki.
Always on the look out for new ground lamb recipes, as we buy a lamb for our freezer every year. Wasn't sure how my husband would like the idea of a lettuce wrap... but he went back for seconds and even thirds! Flavors were simple & straight forward & delicious; perfect summer dinner.
Unusual flavors and textures together--makes for a nice light meal. I served it with braised fingerling potato coins. I would have given it 4 stars, but I don't think it is special occasion worthy but good for the family dinner.
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