Ground Lamb and Rice Delight

As summer approaches I always love the vibrant flavors of Greek dishes.   Here’s a super simple ground lamb or mutton dish that is sure to delight.   (Note:  Mutton is a term for sheep meat from animals over one year in age and Lamb is a term for sheep meat from animals under one year old)

Ground Lamb and Rice Ingredients 

  • 1# Colorado Ground Lamb or Mutton
  • 1/2 Medium Yellow Onion Diced
  • 3 Cloves Garlic Minced
  • Fresh Oregano Chopped (~20 leaves from a couple of stems) 
  • 3TBSP Olive Oil
  • Fresh Mint Chopped (4-5 leaves)
  • Salt to taste
  • Pepper to taste
  • 1 Cup Dry White Rice (cook according to package directions)
  • Optional Ingredients 
  • Feta Cheese Crumbles
  • Cherry Tomatoes Sliced 

Directions

  • Cook rice according to package directions
  • Heat Olive Oil in large skillet over medium high heat
  • Add Onion and Garlic and Sautée for 2 min
  • Add Ground Lamb or Mutton and cook until all the meat is browned
  • Stir in Chopped oregano and add salt and pepper to taste - continue cooking for 1 minute
  • Turn off stove and stir in half the chopped mint (reserve remainder for garnish)
  • Add cooked rice to skillet and combine all ingredient
  • Plate and garnish with remaining mint and drizzle a little olive oil
  • Optionally garnish with a big dollup of tzatziki sauce and serve with feta crumbles and sliced cherry tomatoes.

Quick Tzatziki Sauce

Ingredients

  • 1/2 Cup Greek Yogurt
  • 1/2 Cucumber Diced 
  • Zest of 1/4 a Lemon
  • 1 TBSP of Minced Dill or 1TBSP of Dill Pickle Juice 
  • Salt

Directions

  • Peel Cucumber and cut in half lengthwise.   Remove seeds with a spoon and dice into 1/4 to 1/2 in chunks
  • Place cucumber in bowl and salt to taste
  • Add yogurt and stir in lemon zest and dill or dill pickle brine
  • Add more salt or lemon zest to taste
  • Ideally you chill this, but let’s be real just serve it right away on top or as a side to the dish above.