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Skewered Spiced Lamb Kafta

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Quick Facts

Servings: 12
Cook Time: 12 min.
These gently spiced lamb skewers pair nicely with minted citrus-fennel-couscous salad.


  • 4 lbs ground lamb
  • 1 medium small red onion, peeled, finely diced
  • 3 oz lime juice
  • 3 bunches flat leaf parsley, leaves only, finely chopped
  • 3/4 tsp ground coriander
  • 3/4 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 3/4 tsp cayenne
  • 3/4 tsp allspice
  • 3/4 tsp cardamom, ground
  • sea salt, to taste
  • black pepper, to taste
  • 12 pita bread rounds
  • extra virgin olive oil as needed
  • 1 tsp ground Sumac


  • Mix together lamb, onion, lime juice and parsley. Season with coriander, cinnamon, cayenne, allspice, cardamom, salt, and pepper. Refrigerate lamb mixture to chill.
  • Once chilled, shape into 24 approximately 3-ounce flattened patties. Wrap around skewers. Grill or cook in skillet with a little oil until done, or until internal temperature reaches 165°F.
  • Brush pitas with olive oil and sprinkle with sumac. Toast or grill until crisp. Break into chips.

Serve with a chilled salad of couscous seasoned with thinly shaved fennel bulb, orange peel and juice, olive oil and torn fresh mint. If desired, garnish with orange and grapefruit slices.

Nutrition Facts

Calories 633
  Calories from Fat 347 (55%)
(60%)Total Fat 39g
(80%)Saturated Fat 16g
Polyunsaturated Fat 4g
Monounsaturated Fat 16g
(37%)Cholesterol 110mg
(20%)Sodium 485mg
(22%)Potassium 774mg
Total Carbohydrate 40g
(28%)Dietary Fiber 7g
Sugars 1g
Sugar Alcohols 0g
(66%)Protein 33g
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.
Nutrition facts are calculated by a food expert using nutritional values provided by the USDA for common products used as recipe ingredients. Actual nutritional values may differ depending on the amounts or products used and can be affected by cooking methods.

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