These tacos were absolutely divine. I surprised my damn self!
I got some ground lamb from a local butcher. It ran me about $22 for two and a half pounds. If that is not in your budget, Kroger has ground lamb for $6.99 per pound. But I must say, the fresh lamb from the butcher is worth the extra money.
I did a cucumber tomato “salsa” (it’s just like cucumber tomato salad that most southerner’s have at cookouts), an avocado crema and fresh feta cheese. Not the pre crumbled kind.
2 lbs of ground lamb
2 tbsp of chili pepper flakes
1 tbsp of cumin
2 tbsp of kosher salt
2 tbsp of mint
2 tbsp of fresh parsley
1 tsp of cayenne pepper
1 tbsp of thyme
5 cloves of garlic, thinly sliced
fresh feta (it comes in a brine) it will be in the cheese section at your grocer
Package of flour tortilla shells
Cucumber tomato salsa
1 red onion
3 tbsp of red wine (it can be cooking wine)
1 large avocado
2 teaspoons fresh lemon juice
1/2 cup of plain greek yogurt
2 tbsp of virgin olive oil
2 tbsp of water
dash of garlic salt
kosher salt to taste
In a large skillet, add 1 tbsp of olive oil and make sure the whole skillet is coated. Add the sliced garlic and sauté for about 5 minutes. Add the ground lamb to the skillet. Season with spices above. Lamb is funny and you do have to season it until the flavor goes all the way through. I added a little bit more salt and all the flavor bursts through.
While the lamb is still cooking, start on the cucumber tomato salsa. Chop all ingredients into 1/2″ pieces and add to a bowl and then mix the red wine into it. set to the side.
For the avocado crema, place all the ingredients into a blender until all ingredients are blended well together. Pour into bowl and set aside.
Crumble the feta cheese into a small bowl. Not the water, just the cheese.
Heat oven to 425. Place the tortilla shells on the middle oven rack until the puff up into a circle. Take them out the oven and place on a cookie sheet and then press down the middle with a fork to deflate it.
Place the lamb in the shell, add the salsa, the cheese and then the creme on top. If you don’t want to use the crema, just add avocado.