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August 7, 2023

Turkish American Lamb Wraps

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Recipe Provided By
"Feasting at home"
Prep Time

10 min

Cook Time

20 min

Total Time

30 min

Servings

4

Turkish American Lamb Wraps on cutting board

Ingredients

Lamb Filling:

  • 1 pound ground American lamb
  • 1 onion, diced
  • 4 garlic cloves, rough chopped
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon cumin seeds (or ground)
  • 1/2 teaspoon sumac
  • 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon chili flakes or urfa biber
  • 1 tablespoon tomato paste
  • 1 tablespoon water
  • 1/4 cup chopped mint

Wraps:

  • 4 large tortillas or wraps, heated until pliable (over a gas flame on the stove, or microwave)
  • 3/4 -1 cup labneh (or plain Greek yogurt)
  • 1 cup diced tomatoes (or sliced radishes)
  • 1 cup diced cucumber
  • 1/2 cup thinly sliced red onion
  • 1/2 cup chopped parsley (or sub mint and scallions)
  • 1-2 cups peppery greens (watercress, arugula or spinach)

Directions

Make the American Lamb filling: Heat a large cast iron skillet over medium heat. Add lamb and onion. Using a metal spatula, break lamb apart into little bits, and cook for 5 minutes until lightly browned. Add the garlic and salt and continue browning until the lamb gets deeply brown and releases its moisture and fat, about 5 more minutes. Drain.  Add the cumin seeds, sumac, cinnamon, chili flakes, and sauce for 2 more minutes. Add the tomato paste and water, incorporating it into the lamb. Stir in the chopped mint.

Assemble the wraps:  Lather 4 large wraps with labneh, divide, and top with the lamb filling, add with the tomatoes, cucumbers, red onion, parsley, mint, and peppery greens. Roll them up and cut them in half.

Notes: Lamb filling can be made ahead, refrigerated, and reheated.

USDA recommends the following time and temperature parameters

Ground Lamb

Internal temperature of 160°F

All Other Cuts

Internal temperature of 145°F, with a 3 minute rest

Raw ground American Lamb
Turkish American Lamb cooking in cast iron
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Visit our Lamb Cooking Time & Temperature page for recipe inspiration and tips on preparing the perfect lamb.
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