Ground lamb is often a bargain buy. Here, it’s put to delicious use in an all-in-one meal of stuffed pita sandwiches and a bright, citrusy salad.
Cook the lamb, cinnamon, 3/4 tsp. salt, and 1/4 tsp. pepper in the skillet over medium-high heat, stirring occasionally and breaking up the meat, until cooked through, 5 to 7 minutes; drain well.
Meanwhile, finely chop the remaining raw onion and transfer to a large bowl. Cut the peels and pith from the oranges. Working over a bowl to collect the juice, cut the orange segments free from the membranes. Cut the segments into chunks. Add the oranges, orange juice, cucumber, vinegar, mint, and the remaining 1 Tbs. oil to the chopped raw onion; toss to combine. Season to taste with salt and pepper.
Fill the pitas with the lamb and cooked onions. Add some of the orange-cucumber salad and a dollop of yogurt. Serve the remaining salad on the side.
This was great. Loved it and will make it often.
This recipe is great in concept, but needs a little tweaking. My lamb was not very "lamby" so I'll try Australian lamb instead of US lamb next time. Flavors seemed a little flat so will probably up the cinnamon a bit & add some garlic for depth. Maybe could use some heat?? Love the orange salad with the lamb; wouldn't have thought of that combination. Might serve it on salad with toasted pita on the side to avoid the collapsing pita problem.
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