Recipe Weds: Lamb Spring Rolls

lamb spring rolls

This lamb spring roll recipe is great for summer meals…you’ll feel like you’re in Greece. They’re served here with fried chickpeas.

Every once in a while I just whip up something so tasty that I can barely eat it because I’m just grinning at myself too much. This lamb spring roll recipe is one such example. The flavors are perfect together, and the spring roll wraps are a great way to hold everything together. I think lamb is an underutilized meat. Ground lamb is wonderful and healthy. Spice it up with cumin and other Middle Eastern spices and it is heavenly. You’ll find it a nice change of pace.

This was my first time using the spring roll wrappers, and I still have some practicing to do…some of my spring rolls weren’t as pretty as I’d like and they were a little sticker than in the restaurant; perhaps I soaked them too long. No worries—I have meat left over so I can practice some more.

You can find spring roll wrappers at health food stores or International/Asian markets. I have never seen them at regular grocery stores. I’m in love with them. They are such a healthy and easy way to make a wrap. Made from rice, they’re only about 6 calories each. Here’s a video on how to use them…it will make much more sense than me trying to explain it. Enjoy the lamb spring rolls.

Recipe: Lamb Spring Rolls

Summary: the delicate flavors blend well to make a lovely wrap

Ingredients

  • 1/4 cup chopped onion
  • 1 Tbs olive oil
  • 1/2 lb ground lamb
  • 1 Tbs fresh parsley, chopped
  • 1/2 tsp cumin
  • 1/2 tsp paprika
  • 1/4 tsp coriander
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • lettuce (your favorite kind)
  • spring roll wrappers
  • Cucumber Yogurt sauce

Instructions

  1. In a saute pan, heat the olive oil. Add the onion and saute until tender, about 5 minutes.
    making lamb spring rolls
  2. Add the ground lamb and spices. Cook, stirring occasionally, until the meat is cooked through. Remove from heat.
  3. Cut the lettuce into thin strips by stacking and rolling the leaves and then cutting about 1/4 inch wide slices.
    assembling the lamb spring rolls
  4. Assemble the spring rolls. Watch the video to see how to work with the spring roll wrappers.
  5. Layer the lettuce then the meat and wrap.
  6. Serve with the cucumber yogurt sauce. For this dish, use cilantro in the recipe.

Preparation time: 10 minute(s)

Cooking time: 15 minute(s)

Number of servings (yield): 8

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