Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Mini Lamb

After a busy busy first day at work, I was excited to get home and cook a yummy dinner. I invited P over for Real Simple's Spiced Mini Burgers with Couscous. (I love the cous.)

I actually substituted the ground beef with ground lamb (my favorite meat!) and instead of hummus, whipped up Real Simple's Tzatziki to go with our lamb. So good and SO easy!

For the lamb burgers:

1 10-ounce box couscous (1 1/2 cups)
1 pound ground lamb
1 1/2 teaspoons ground cumin
1 1/2 tablespoons dried oregano
kosher salt and black pepper
4 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
6 scallions, sliced
4 plum tomatoes, quartered
1 seedless cucumber, cut into half-moons
3 tablespoons fresh lemon juice

- Place the couscous in a large bowl and pour 1½ cups hot tap water over the top. Cover and let stand for 5 minutes; fluff with a fork.
- Form the beef into 12 small ½-inch-thick patties. Sprinkle with the cumin, oregano, 1 teaspoon salt, and ¼ teaspoon pepper.
- Heat 1 tablespoon of the oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Add the patties and cook to the desired doneness, 4 minutes per side for medium.
- Toss the couscous with the scallions, tomatoes, cucumber, lemon juice, remaining oil, 1¼ teaspoons salt, and ¼ teaspoon pepper.

For the tzatziki:

1 cup low-fat Greek yogurt
1 tablespoon chopped fresh dill
1/4 cup grated cucumber
1 small clove garlic, finely chopped

In a small bowl, combine the yogurt, dill, cucumber, and garlic.

We clearly had leftovers. . .lunch tomorrow! Woohoo.



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