March 31, 2023

American Lamb Bacon-Wrapped Artichokes

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Servings

50

Marinated American lamb chops with rosemary & garlic on a plate

Ingredients

  • 50 slices precooked American Lamb bacon, sliced into 1/8-inch slices
  • 50 marinated artichoke quarters
  • 1/2 quart Cucumber Mint Raita (recipe follows)

 Cucumber Mint Raita (makes 4 cups)

  • 1 large cucumber, grated
  • 2 cups Greek yogurt
  • 1/2 cup mint leaves, chopped
  • 3/4 teaspoon cumin powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon red chili powder
  • Salt to taste

 

Directions

Wrap bacon around artichoke; overlap edges of bacon. Cook at 350°F for 10 to15 minutes until bacon is golden brown and crispy; let cool. 

For the Cucumber Mint Raita:  In a large bowl, combine cucumber, yogurt, mint, cumin, sugar, chili powder and salt; remove any lumps. Chill and serve with bacon-wrapped artichokes. 

 

Chef’s Tips:  Use a deli meat slicer to slice lamb bacon evenly. 

Lay overlapping bacon seams flat under artichoke quarters and downward on a sheet pan sprayed with nonstick cooking spray. This helps keep the bacon wrapped while cooking. 

Grate the cucumber into a small bowl, toss with a pinch of salt. Let sit for 15 minutes. Place grated cucumber into a clean kitchen towel. Squeeze all the water out of the cucumber to remove excess moisture. This helps the Raita sauce stay thicker and creamier.

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