Food & Nutrition

Tasty European Lamb Mince Recipes

When it comes to versatile ingredients, lamb mince is one of the best in the business. It’s packed full of flavour, but also combines beautifully with all manner of spices so it can star in a curry one night, a pie the next and a burger the next, as well as a host of other recipes.

The three lamb mince recipes below show off this versatility in grand fashion. Meatballs, Mexican and Turkish pides (pizza) are all on the menu, with a variety of spices used. Lamb mince is loaded with protein, as well as essential vitamins and minerals like B12 and zinc, making it a great fit for a balanced diet.

All three of the recipes are easy to make – so you’ll be able to impress friends and family with new flavours without stressing yourself out in the kitchen, which is always a big plus. And speaking of friends and family, you’ll find it’s easy to scale up the recipes no matter how many you’re serving, which is good, because once people get wind of how good your lamb pides are you’ll find they start visiting suspiciously frequently.

Lamb Meatballs With Harissa And Pecorino

At the heart of this saucy dish are the best meatballs you’ll ever make. The rich lamb taste is paired with coriander, cumin and honey, and bolstered by bulgur wheat to form little globes of pure joy.

The flavours keep on coming once the harissa sauce comes into play, with cherry tomatoes added for a touch of extra sweetness. It’s an impressive dish to whip out at a dinner party even though you’ll only be in the kitchen for 40 minutes, with half of that time spent prepping and half spent enjoying the delicious smells coming from the meatballs while they bake.

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Lamb And Cheddar Quesadillas

Fun to eat and fun to make, quesadillas are also a lot easier than you might think, especially if you use this nifty recipe that takes just 25 minutes. The method mixes delicious lamb mince with vegetables and cheddar for a healthy dinner that’s sure to satisfy, especially if you serve the quesadillas with a fresh salad.

Depending on your tolerance for spiciness, you can also throw in some jalapeño chillies for an extra kick. The recipe suggests using a pre-made spice mix, but you can also make your own using equal amounts of cumin, chilli, paprika and dried oregano.

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Lamb Pides With Tomatoes And Yogurt Sauce

If you’ve never made or eaten pides before, there are two things you need to know. The first is that they are essentially Turkish pizza. The second is that they are absolutely delicious.

The boat shape used when forming the pide out of shop-bought pizza dough also allows you to load up with toppings without fear of those toppings sliding over the sides. In this recipe the topping is made up of lamb mince, onions, peppers and tomatoes, and seasoned with chilli and ras el hanout spice mixture. A sprinkling of pine nuts finishes your pide with a tasty crunch. Serve with the minty yogurt sauce for a fresh and healthy twist on your next pizza night.

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