Turkish Hummus Pita with Ground Lamb

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This recipe for Turkish hummus pita with ground lamb is exactly what you’re looking for – a minimal effort with big flavor results and just the sort of thing you’d happily eat any night of the week.

 

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Lamb meat is not cheap but it’s always on our table for special occasions. Sometimes the occasion is just me craving a lamb dish but mostly I prepare it for holidays or company.

 

One of those holidays is RAMADAN. My dad’s side of the family is Muslim and even though he doesn’t practice the religion I like to mark the holiday for him with traditional dishes. Just a little token of respect and he really enjoys it. It’s not that I don’t make those dishes throughout the year but not all at once. Ramadan, as any holiday, calls for a feast.

 

RELATED POST: ROASTED EGGPLANT AND LAMB

 

Okra stew with beef and lamb is a must-have and my absolute favorite holiday dish. I use ground lamb because you can cheat a bit and get two dishes with only one pound of lamb. I added half to the stew which is enough to give it that special flavor and the other half was used to make these TURKISH HUMMUS PITAS for after the holiday.

 

Making different dishes with the same cut of meat is not only a TIME-SAVER but it also takes the pressure out of your meal planning for the week.  A large batch of the baked chicken breast, for example, can give you three meals. Same goes for any meat including lamb.

 

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Turkish Hummus Pita with Ground Lamb

 

Leftover lamb meatballs are great to use for this lamb and hummus pita recipe. I always buy my meat from the butcher because it’s not prepackaged into one pound and I can get exactly how much I need. Another advantage of buying meat from the butcher shop is that you can get a variety of cuts and there are no extra additives in the meat.

 

These Turkish-style lamb pitas with Mediterranean flavors are not only absolutely delicious, they are easy and quick to make too. Using hummus as a base just elevates it to a new level. It’s a simple dish but nothing about it is pedestrian. It’s a great way to use up leftover hummus from your last party too. Of course, no store-bought hummus is a match to homemade hummus.

 

You don’t like lamb meat? Have no fear – use ground beef or leftover hamburgers. They’re not just good to use in cheeseburger salad. Enjoy!

 

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Recipe for Turkish Pita with Hummus and Ground Lamb

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INGREDIENTS:
Serves 2-4

  • ½ lb ground lamb
  • 2 teaspoons olive oil
  • 1 onion, diced
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 2 teaspoons ground cumin
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon hot red pepper flakes (more if desired)
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1/2 cup chopped seeded tomato
  • 2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
  • 4 (6-inch) pitas
  • 1 cup plain hummus
  • ¼ cup fresh cilantro, chopped
  • 2 tablespoons pine nuts, toasted

 

~ Free Tip ~

  • Substitute lamb with ground beef or turkey.
  • Use mint instead of cilantro.
  • Assemble on 4-inch pitas, cut in half or wedges and serve as small bites at your next gathering

 

ESSENTIALS

for Turkish Hummus Pita with Ground Lamb


 

DIRECTIONS:

 

  1. Preheat broiler to 550 degrees Fahrenheit.
  2. Heat a large cast iron or nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Add lamb and cook 5 minutes or until browned, breaking up large pieces with the back of a wooden spoon. Remove lamb from skillet.
  3. Add oil to the skillet and swirl to coat. Add onions and sauté until soft, about 5 minutes. Stir in garlic, cumin, oregano, cinnamon, salt, and red pepper flakes; sauté 1 minute. Stir in water and tomato. Bring the mixture to a simmer. Cook 5 minutes or until tomatoes begin to soften. Stir in cooked lamb. Cover, reduce heat and simmer 5 more minutes. Stir in the lemon juice.
  4. Place pita rounds on a baking sheet. Broil 1 minute on each side or until crisp. Spread 3 tablespoons hummus on each round. Top each serving with 1/4 of the lamb mixture. Sprinkle with cilantro and nuts.

 

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Turkish Hummus Pita with Ground Lamb
Prep Time
10 mins
Cook Time
25 mins
Total Time
35 mins
 
With minimal effort and delicious results, this Turkish hummus pita with ground lamb is just the sort of thing you’d happily eat any night of the week.
Course: Appetizer, Main Course
Cuisine: Turkish
Keyword: lamb
Servings: 4
Author: Jas
Ingredients
  • ½ lb ground lamb
  • 2 teaspoons olive oil
  • 1 onion diced
  • 2 garlic cloves minced
  • 2 teaspoons ground cumin
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon hot red pepper flakes more if desired
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1/2 cup chopped seeded tomato
  • 2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
  • 4 6-inch pitas
  • 1 cup plain hummus
  • ¼ cup fresh cilantro chopped
  • 2 tablespoons pine nuts toasted
Instructions
  1. Preheat broiler to 550 degrees Fahrenheit.
  2. Heat a large cast iron or nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Add lamb and cook 5 minutes or until browned, breaking up large pieces with the back of a wooden spoon. Remove lamb from skillet.
  3. Add oil to the skillet and swirl to coat. Add onions and sauté until soft, about 5 minutes. Stir in garlic, cumin, oregano, cinnamon, salt, and red pepper flakes; sauté 1 minute. Stir in water and tomato. Bring the mixture to a simmer. Cook 5 minutes or until tomatoes begin to soften. Stir in cooked lamb. Cover, reduce heat and simmer 5 more minutes. Stir in the lemon juice.
  4. Place pita rounds on a baking sheet. Broil 1 minute on each side or until crisp. Spread 3 tablespoons hummus on each round. Top each serving with 1/4 of the lamb mixture. Sprinkle with cilantro and nuts.
Recipe Notes

~ Free Tip ~

  • Substitute lamb with ground beef or turkey.
  • Use mint instead of cilantro.
  • Assemble on 4-inch pitas, cut in half or wedges and serve as small bites at your next gathering.

 

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22 Comment

  1. Reply
    Marissa | Squirrels of a Feather
    June 21, 2018 at 9:35 am

    Funny I should see this recipe…we literally just ate Turkish for lunch yesterday (so good) and it was on my mind. I usually don’t buy ground lamb, but thinking I should try it after seeing this. Always trying to expose my boys to more global flavors! Thanks Jas 🙂

    1. Reply
      Jas
      June 22, 2018 at 12:22 pm

      Ha, how about that! Such a yummy cuisine isn’t it? 🙂

  2. Reply
    GiGi Eats
    June 21, 2018 at 10:07 pm

    You cant see me but I am raising my hand!! I am ready, I would love three of these! 😉

    1. Reply
      Jas
      June 22, 2018 at 12:26 pm

      Lol, GiGi, thanks for the giggle! You can stop by anytime for three or more of these 😀 Thank you for the 5-star review, much appreciated!!!

  3. Reply
    Jann Olson
    June 22, 2018 at 8:44 am

    Looks yummy! am not a picky eater at all, but hummus is something I haven’t leaned to fall in love with yet. 🙂 I don’t know if it’s a texture thing or what. Thanks for sharing with SYC.
    hugs,
    Jann

    1. Reply
      Jas
      June 22, 2018 at 8:49 am

      I totally understand! I think it’s the tahini sauce that gives it kind of a grainy texture. A bean dip would do just fine as a substitute 🙂

  4. Reply
    Jhuls @ The Not So Creative Cook
    June 24, 2018 at 5:11 am

    I don’t think it’s a good idea to look at this while I haven’t eaten my lunch yet. 🙁 I am craving for some hummus right now & this looks so amazing!! My mouth is watering!! Thanks for sharing, Jas & happy Fiesta Friday!

    1. Reply
      Jas
      June 24, 2018 at 10:39 pm

      It’s never a good idea to look at food hungry, Jhuls! LOL Thank you so much for visiting!

  5. Reply
    Liz
    June 24, 2018 at 10:08 am

    Hummus and lamb is a combination made in heaven. These look absolutely yummy! Thank you for bringing them to FF.

    1. Reply
      Jas
      June 24, 2018 at 10:40 pm

      Thank you for stopping in, Liz! So happy you like it 🙂

  6. Reply
    Helen at the Lazy Gastronome
    June 25, 2018 at 11:05 am

    OK – THAT’s what’s for dinner! Thanks for sharing at the What’s for Dinner party!

    1. Reply
      Jas
      June 25, 2018 at 11:29 pm

      Thank you, Helen! Enjoy!

  7. Reply
    Miz Helen
    June 26, 2018 at 11:44 am

    I love a great Hummus and your recipe looks fantastic! Hope you are having a great week and thanks so much for sharing with us at Full Plate Thursday.
    Miz Helen

    1. Reply
      Jas
      June 26, 2018 at 10:23 pm

      Many thanks, Miz Helen!

  8. Reply
    Lee-Ann @ Chef Not Required...
    June 26, 2018 at 11:34 pm

    Hi Jas, found your awesome recipe via Wine’d Down Wednesday- and I LOVE lamb!!! Pinning to my lamb board now!

    1. Reply
      Jas
      June 27, 2018 at 9:35 pm

      Hi Lee-Ann! So glad you stopped in. I think you’d enjoy this roasted eggplant and lamb recipe too 🙂

  9. Reply
    Honest Mum
    June 28, 2018 at 5:08 am

    Turkish is amazing, love your photos x

    1. Reply
      Jas
      June 30, 2018 at 12:05 am

      Totaly agree! Thanks, darling! X

  10. Reply
    Mary
    June 28, 2018 at 1:13 pm

    Jas this one has my mouth watering. I would just stay away from the spicy stuff, personal preference. But otherwise this is perfection on a pita!

    1. Reply
      Jas
      June 30, 2018 at 12:09 am

      I’m not into spicy either. I like to taste my food and luckily you can always adjust the heat. Thanks for stopping in, Mary! Enjoy your weekend.

  11. Reply
    April J Harris
    June 28, 2018 at 1:34 pm

    I love it when I can get ahead with meal preparation, and I always buy my meat at the butcher too, Jas. This recipe is right up my street – lots of lovely flavours, and I love lamb. Thank you so much for sharing, and for being a part of the Hearth and Soul Link Party. Pinning and sharing.

    1. Reply
      Jas
      June 30, 2018 at 12:10 am

      Many thanks, April! It’s such an easy recipe and a bit different from everyday meals we usually eat. Hope you have a nice weekend! XO

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