I’m slowly making my way through the new Ottolenghi SIMPLE cook book. If any of you have cooked Yotam Ottolenghi’s food you would be forgiven for thinking that the “SIMPLE” is a joke.
No dear fellow Otolenghies these recipes are indeed simpler …. not in a Donna Hay way, but you won’t have to head off to Fairfield in search of a spice only harvested in the south west corner of Madagascar.
These lamb and pistachio patties are a lovely snack.
Ottolenghi Notes: “These patties are lovely as a snack or as part of a feast at a barbecue. If you want to make them into a more substantial meal, however, just serve them with a salad.
Ingredients – Makes: about 20 patties, to serve 4 as a main or 6 as a snack
For the sumac yogurt sauce:
1 cup Greek-style yogurt
1 tablespoon sumac
1 tablespoon olive oil
1 tablespoon lemon juice
For the lamb and pistachio patties:
1/2 cup shelled pistachios
1 1/4 cups argulua
1 onion, quartered
1 large garlic clove, peeled
1 pound 2 ounces ground lamb
3 tablespoons olive oil
Salt and black pepper
Prep time: 15 min + Cook time: 15 min
- Mix together all the ingredients for the sumac yogurt sauce and keep in the fridge until needed.
- To make the patties, put the pistachios into the bowl of a food processor. Blitz for a few seconds, to roughly chop, then put into a medium bowl.
- Add the arugula to the processor, blitz for a few seconds to roughly chop, then add to the bowl of pistachios.
- Continue with the onion and garlic, to form a smooth paste, and add to the bowl.
- Add the lamb, 1 tablespoon of oil, 3/4 teaspoon salt, and a good grind of pepper.
- Mix well to combine, then, with wet hands, shape the mix into about 20 patties. They should each be about 2 inches wide, 3/4 inch thick, and weigh about 1 1/2 ounces.
- Put 1 tablespoon of the oil into a large nonstick frying pan and place over medium heat.
- Once hot, add the patties—as many as you can fit without crowding the pan—and cook for 7 minutes, turning about 3 1/2 minutes, until golden brown and just cooked through.
- Keep warm while you repeat with the remaining patties. If you need to, add another tablespoon of oil to the pan during the process.
- When the patties are all cooked, pile them onto a large platter and serve with the sumac yogurt sauce.
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