Lamb Tabbouleh in a Pita

  • 1 cup Sunnyland #3 coarse bulgur wheat
  • 1-3/4 cups chicken broth – low salt
  • 1 tsp. seasoning for lamb mixture (1/4 tsp. paprika, 1/8 tsp. salt, 1/8 tsp. garlic powder, 1/8 tsp. freshly ground black pepper, 1/8 tsp. cayenne pepper, 1/8 tsp. dried oregano, 1/8 tsp. ground thyme)
  • 1 tbs. olive oil
  • 1 pound lean ground lamb
  • 1 cup sliced and chopped onions
  • 1 cup sliced and chopped zucchini
  • 1 tsp. ground cumin
  • 1/4 tsp. cinnamon
  • 1/2 tbs. salt
  • 1/2 tbs. freshly ground black pepper
  • 1/3 cup pine nuts – lightly toasted and chopped
  • 1 cup seeded and finely chopped tomatoes
  • 1 cup finely chopped parsley
  • 1/4 cup mint – finely chopped
  • 1/2 cup green onion – sliced (whites and greens)
  • 6 wheat pita breads (12 oz.)
  • Romaine lettuce leaves

Dressing:

  • 4 tbs. fresh lemon juices
  • 4 tbs. extra virgin olive oil
  • 3 tbs. spicy – sweet chili paste (found in Asian section of the grocery store)
  1. This recipe is a show stopper! Your guests will think you are a genius to marry the exotic flavors the way this recipe does.
  2. Toast the bulgur wheat lightly in a nonstick skillet (stirring constantly until golden brown). Pour bulgur wheat into hot chicken broth (very slowly), stir only once; cover; bring to a boil. Turn off heat and let liquid absorb until the bulgur wheat is al dente. Remove cover and let cool
  3. In a small bowl combine and mix seasoning for lamb. In a nonstick skillet heat the oil over medium heat; add seasoning to lamb and cook; stir and chop until no longer pink. Put lamb mixture in a food processor and give a quick chop. Add the onions, zucchini, cumin, cinnamon, salt and pepper; cook and stir until soft then add the toasted chopped pine nuts and bulgur wheat; mix. Add tomatoes, parsley, mint and green onions.
  4. In a small bowl mix extra virgin olive oil and lemon juice together. Mix all the ingredients together and serve warm.
  5. Let the flavors marry! Make 6 hours before or 1 day ahead and refrigerate.
  6. Open wheat pita pocket bread and line with romaine leaf then fill pita halves with the mixture. Makes a great appetizer! Serve in a bowl surrounded by lettuce cups (live gourmet butter lettuce or romaine leaves).

Per Serving Nutrition Info: 540 cal; (230 from fat); 25g total fat (7g sat fat); 26g prot; 55g total carb; 55mg chol; 860mg sod; 10g fiber; 4g sugar

Nutritional analysis for these recipes may vary slightly depending on choice of ingredients.