Wednesday, March 18, 2015

mediterranean lamb tostadas

confession: i love cookbooks.

i love flipping through them looking
for a common theme among the dishes, 
appreciating how they're organized,
admiring the photography, 
looking for ingredients i've never heard of, 
and learning about new techniques i haven't tried.

date night in is my current fave cookbook,
and this is one of my favorite recipes i've tried so far.
amazing flavors, super easy. spot on!

enjoy :)

the below recipe serves two. i doubled it.

seasoned lamb ingredients
1/2 teaspoon lemon zest
1 1/2 teaspoons ground cumin
1/2 teaspoon ground coriander
3/4 teaspoon kosher salt
1/4 teaspoon fresh ground pepper
1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
1/8 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1 tablespoon chopped fresh mint
1 garlic clove, minced
pinch of red pepper flakes
8oz ground lamb
2 tablespoons olive oil

tostada ingredients
2 tablespoons olive oil, divided
2 pitas (preferably with no pockets)
2 cups shredded romaine
1 small tomato, diced
1/4 cucumber, diced
1/2 cup crumbled feta
1/4 chopped pitted kalamata olives
1/4 chopped fresh mint
1/4 chopped fresh flat leaf parsley

seasoned lamb directions
1. mix together lemon zest, cumin, coriander, salt, pepper, oregano, 
cinnamon, mint, garlic, and red pepper flakes in medium bowl. 
add lamb and gently combine with clean hands. 
store, covered in the refrigerator until ready to cook 
(the longer the better - will keep up to two days).

2. coat the bottom of a medium skillet with the olive oil and place over medium/high heat. 
add the lamb, breaking it up as it cooks. saute until cooked through, about 8 minutes.

tostada directions
1. in a large skillet on medium/high heat, add 1 tablespoon oil. 
add 1 pita and fry on both sides until crisp, about 1-2 minutes per side. 
repeat with the remaining pita.

2. place each crisp pita on a plate and top with half of each of the lamb, 
romaine, tomato, cucumber, feta olives, mint, and parsley. 
serve with a generous topping of tzatziki dressing.

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