Berbere Lamb Patties w/ Garlic Sauce
These exotic African-style (Berbere spiced) lamb patties goes well with a traditional Middle Eastern garlic sauce or Greek Tzatziki sauce.
1 pound ground lamb
1 tbsp Berbere spice blend
1 small onion, diced finely
1 tbsp Greek yogurt
¼ tsp salt
4 whole wheat pita bread
1 big tomato, sliced or chopped to garnish
½ cucumber, sliced or chopped to garnish
Fresh parsley leaves, for garnishing
8 butter lettuce leaves, for serving
Middle Eastern Garlic Sauce ingredients:
40 garlic cloves (small), peeled
3 tbsp distilled white vinegar
2 large egg whites
1 tsp sea salt
1 tsp lemon salt
1 ½ cup corn oil
Tzatziki sauce for garnishing (optional)
To prepare garlic sauce, place the garlic cloves in a food processor and process until finely chopped.
While the processor is running, add the egg whites, lemon salt, salt and vinegar through the opening on the lid. Process until the mixture is smooth.
Pour the oil slowly, a few drops at a time, through the vent on the lid with the processor running until the mixture is smooth, thick and creamy in about 5-10 minutes. You will get about 2 cups of sauce so store the remaining sauce in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 1 week. Serve about 8 tablespoons with the lamb patties.
To make the lamb patties, combine the ground lamb, berbere spice, salt, yogurt in a large bowl.
Mix ground lamb until just combined and divide into 12 equal portions.
Roll and shape each lamb portion into a patty.
Heat a large non-stick pan coated with cooking spray.
Cook patties for about 4-5 minutes on each side until cooked through.
Remove from pan and set aside.
Cut pita breads into halves. Toast to your liking.
Smear inside of each pita pocket with 1 tablespoon garlic sauce. Fill each pita pocket with 1 lettuce leaf, 1 ½ lamb patties, chopped tomatoes, cucumber and parsley. Top with Tzatziki sauce and more garlic sauce if desired. Serve.