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Fluffy pita breads stuffed with hummus, tzatziki, salad and roasted vegetables and then topped with freshly grilled lamb kofta and a sprinkling of feta. These Stuffed Lamb Pitas are seriously loaded and will take your lunch times to the next level. Great for serving up to a crowd and can be easily cooked on a BBQ too.
Whenever we are feeling in a bit of a lunch time rut and bored of the same old sandwiches, we turn to pitas for something a bit different. The thing with pitas is, you want to make sure they are stuffed to bursting. We love lots of crunch salad, some creamy dip like hummus and tzatziki and then topped with some protein like lamb and feta for lots of extra flavour.
Step by step
One: Put the lamb into a food processor and blend until it turns in to mince. Stir in the Za'atar and fresh mint and mix well.
Two: Form in to 6 sausage shapes and then thread on to pre-soaked skewers.
Three: Put under a preheated moderate grill and cook for 10-12 minutes turning frequently.
Four: Open up the pita breads and spread with the hummus and tzatziki and then stuff with the lettuce and roasted tomatoes. Once the koftas are cooked, chop them up and add to the pita with some feta and serve.
The inspiration for this came from something we had at a festival last summer. It was a fluffy pita bread stuffed with a spicy slaw, lettuce and hummus, tzatziki and lamb meatballs, but we thought chunks of kofta would work well. Try Lamb challenged us to come up with a lamb recipe that festival inspired and this was the first thing that came in to my head. To be honest, I haven't stopped thinking about this since we left the festival.
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You could buy store bought lamb kofta, but they are really easy to make yourself - actually, they couldn't be simpler. Simply put some diced lamb in to a food processor and blend to make mince and then mix in some za'atar (this might just be my favourite spice blend) and fresh mint and then form them in to a sausage shape before putting them on little skewers and grilling.
Are these healthy?
We have tried to stuff these pitas with as much greens and vegetables as possible. We always think that when there is a lot of colour going on, that the meal is going to be pretty balanced. There are lots of healthy fats from the hummus too.
Lamb is not only a rich source of protein, but it is also a great source of many vitamins and minerals, such as iron, zinc, and vitamin B12. We kept the dish leaner by cooking the lamb under the grill too.
What to fill them with
Well, the lamb really is a must, but other than that this is one of those dished that is really adaptable. Put a mixture of greens in like iceberg lettuce, rocket, spinach and kale for lots of crunch.
You could roast up loads of vegetables like peppers, courgette and aubergine to put in and add sauce such as Garlic Sauce, Mint Sauce or even both! Swap the feta for some grilled halloumi for a change.
What to serve them with
These are pretty bursting as it is, so you don't really need anything extra. But we served ours with some butternut coleslaw, some extra lettuce and dips and some super fresh and ripe tomatoes. It was one of those meals that you just serve everything up on the table and everyone can help themselves.
You can make the koftas in advance and the keep them in the fridge until they are ready to be cooked. Or, you could cook them and chop the up and then keep them in the fridge until you are ready to build the pitas.
• Make sure you soak the skewers before threading the lamb on to them.
• If preferred, you can use shop bought lamb mince.
• If Za'atar isn't your thing, then you could use another spice blend like ras-el-hanout or even a Mexican or Italian blend for something different.
• Stuff these pitas with any vegetables you like. It's a great fridge raid dish and a way to use up some vegetables.
• Want a bit of a kick to these? Add a drizzle of chilli sauce or even add some chilli flakes in to the kofta mix.
• Swap the feta for some grilled halloumi to change things up a bit.
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Stuffed Lamb Pita
- If using wooden skewers, soak them in water. Preheat your grill (broiler).
- Put 300 g Diced lamb into a food processor and blend until it turns into mince. Stir in 2 tablespoon Za'atar and 1 tablespoon Fresh mint and mix well.
- Form into 6 sausage shapes and then thread onto the skewers. These are your koftas.
- Put under the grill and cook for 10-12 minutes turning frequently.
- Open up 4 Pitta bread and divide 4 tablespoon Hummus and 4 tablespoon Tzatziki between them. Stuff them with 100 g Lettuce and 80 g Roasted red peppers. Once the koftas are cooked, chop them up and add to the pita with 40 g Feta.
- Make sure you soak the skewers before threading the lamb on to them.
- If preferred, you can use shop bought lamb mince.
- If Za'atar isn't your thing, then you could use another spice blend like ras-el-hanout or even a Mexican or Italian blend for something different.
- Stuff these pitas with any vegetables you like. It's a great fridge raid dish and a way to use up some vegetables.
- Want a bit of a kick to these? Add a drizzle of chilli sauce or even add some chilli flakes in to the kofta mix.
- Swap the feta for some grilled halloumi to change things up a bit.
The nutritional information provided is approximate and is calculated using online tools. Information can vary depending on various factors, but we have endeavoured to be as accurate as possible.