Pita with lamb meatballs

Pita with Lamb Meatballs

  1. Main course
  2. Serves 2
  3. Meat
  4. Ready in about 30 minutes


- Chopping board

- Chefs knife

- Vegetable peeler

- Frying pan

- Bowl


- Olive oil (6 tablespoons)

- Salt

- Pepper


350 gr lamb meatballs

1 teaspoon ground cumin

200 ml Greek yoghurt
4 pita breads

1 bag lamb’s lettuce

3 tomatoes

1 cucumber

2 tablespoons tahini



Slice the tomatoes. Peel the cucumber, halve lengthways, remove the seeds and slice thinly. Set the cut vegetables aside.


Season the Greek yoghurt with ground cumin to taste, salt, pepper and 1 tablespoon olive oil.


Heat a frying pan over medium heat with 2 tablespoons olive oil and fry the lamb meatballs for about 10 minutes until golden brown.


Grill the tomato slices in a grill pan with 1 tablespoon olive over medium heat and season with salt and pepper. Heat the pita breads up in a toaster or preheated oven at 180° C.


Dress the lamb’s lettuce with 1-2 tablespoons olive oil, salt and pepper. Cut the pita breads open and spread with a layer of yoghurt. Fill the pitas with the cucumber, tomatoes, lettuce, lamb meatballs and remaining yoghurt. Spoon the tahini over the vegetables. Mix together the remaining salad and cucumber and serve on the side.

Pita met lamsgehaktballetjes

  1. Hoofdgerecht
  2. Tweepersoons
  3. Vlees
  4. Bereidingstijd: ca. 30 minuten


- Snijplank

- Koksmes

- Dunschiller

- Koekenpan

- Kom



- Olijfolie (6 eetlepels)

- Zout

- Peper


1 bakje lamsgehaktballetjes (350 gr)

1 bakje komijnpoeder (1 theelepel)

1 bakje Griekse yoghurt (180 gr)
4 pitabroodjes

1 zakje veldsla (75 gr)

3 tomaten

1 komkommer

2 eetlepels Tahini



Snijd de tomaten in plakken. Snijd de komkommer over de lengte in tweeen, haal de zaadjes eruit en snijd in dunne plakjes. Zet de gesneden groenten opzij.


Breng de Griekse yoghurt op smaak met komijnpoeder, zout, peper en 1 eetlepel olijfolie.


Verwarm een koekenpan op medium vuur met 2 eetlepels olijfolie en bak de lamsgehaktballetjes in ongeveer 10 minuten goudbruin.


Grill de tomatenschijfjes in de pan met 1 eetlepel olijfolie en bestrooi met zout en peper. Verwarm de pitabroodjes in een broodrooster of in een voorverwarmde oven van 180° C.


Maak veldsla aan met 1-2 eetlepels olijfolie, zout en peper. Snijd de pitabroodjes open en bestrijk ze met de Griekse yoghurt. Vul de pitabroodjes met de komkommer, tomaten en veldsla, de lamsgehaktballetjes en de resterende Griekse yoghurt.Lepel er wat tahini overheen. Meng restant van de sla en komkommer door elkaar en serveer het in een schaaltje erbij.




Lamb Cutlets with New Potatoes, Mint and Pea Puree

These classis flavours epitomise spring on a plate - lamb, peas, new potatoes and mint


Servs 2

6-8 lamb cutlets
1 clove garlic
2 sprigs rosemary
12 new potatoes
1 small bunch mint
300g frozen peas
20g butter
4 tablespoons olive oil
good splash of white wine
salt and pepper

Strip the rosemary leaves off the stalks and finely chop together with the garlic. Sprinkle over the lamb cutlets with 2 tablespoons olive oil, salt and pepper. Leave to marinate for a few minutes.

Place the potatoes and the mint (keep some back to finish the dish) in a small pot with cold water and salt and bring to the boil. Cook for about 10 minutes until tender, drain off. Return the potatoes to the pan with 1 tablespoon olive oil and season with salt and pepper. Keep warm.

In another pot, bring water to the boil and blanche the peas (the brief cooking of vegetables to retain their colour and crispness) for 3 minutes. Drain through a sieve. Return to the pan; add the cube of butter and salt and pepper to taste. Blend with a stick blender to a puree or alternatively in a food processor.

Heat a frying pan on medium-high heat. Fry the lamb cutlets for 2 minutes on each side. Deglaze the pan with a splash of white wine to create a sauce. Serve the lamb cutlets with the new potatoes (sprinkled with the reserved mint leaves) and the pea puree. Spoon the lamb juices over the meat.


voor 2 personen

6-8 lamskoteletjes
1 teentje knoflook
2 takjes rozemarijn
12 nieuwe aardappeltjes
1 klein bosje munt
300g diepvries doperwten
20g boter
4 eetlepels olijfolie
zout en peper

Haal de blaadjes van de takjes rozemarijn en hak ze fijn samen met de knoflook. Bestrooi de lamskoteletjes met de gehakte kruiden, knoflook en 2 eetlepels olijfoiie, zout en peper. Laat enkele minuten marineren.

Doe de aardappeltjes samen met de munt (bewaar een paar blaadjes voor het afmaken van het gerecht) in een pannetje met koud water en zout, breng aan de kook. Kook ze in ongeveer 10 minuten gaar, giet ze af. Schep de aardappeltjes terug in de pan met 1 eetlepel olijfolie, zout en peper naar smaak. Houd ze warm.

Breng een ander pannetje met water aan de kook, blancheer hier de erwtjes in voor 3 minuten. Giet ze af in een zeef. Doe terug in de pan, voeg het cupje boter toe en breng op smaak met zout en peper. Pureer grof met een staafmixer.

Verhit een koekenpan op medium hoog vuur. Bak de lamskoteletjes voor 2 minuten aan elke kant. Blus af met een scheutje witte wijn. Serveer de lamskoteletjes met de nieuwe aardappeltjes (bestrooi met de resterende munt) en erwtenpuree. Lepel de jus van de lamskoteletjes over het vlees heen.

Lamb Burgers with Crispy Carrot and Feta

A recipe for all those meat-lovers! We all love a good burger and this is a great twist on a lamb burger. Lamb is perfectly in season in spring and the protein everyone should be eating now.


400g minced lamb
4 brioche buns
1 large carrot
60g feta
50g sriracha
75g rocket
2 spring onions
2 teaspoons ground cumin
4 tablespoons olive oil
salt and pepper

Preheat an oven to 200°C. Peel the carrot and using the vegetable peeler, cut into long ‘ribbons’. Finely slice the spring onions.

Season the minced lamb with the spring onions, ground cumin, sriracha, salt and pepper to taste and shape into 4 hamburgers. Place the carrot ribbons on an oven tray and mix with 3 tablespoons olive oil, salt and pepper. Roast until they are crispy, about 20-25 minutes.

Place the brioche buns in the oven for 5 minutes and slice in half.

Heat a grill pan over medium heat with 1 tablespoon olive oil and grill the hamburgers for 3-4 minutes on each side. Crumble the feta.

Spread the remaining sriracha over the buns and place on the rocket. Lay on a burger and sprinkle the crumbled feta over. Top with the crispy carrot and close with the remaining bun half.


400g lamsgehakt
4 briochebroodjes
1 grote winterpeen
60g feta
50g sriracha
75g rucola
2 lenteuien
2 theelepels komijnpoeder
4 eetlepels olijfolie
zout en peper

Verwarm de oven voor op 200C. Schil de wortel en trek slierten met de dunschiller. Snijd de lenteuien fijn.

Kruid de lamsgehakt met de gesneden lenteuien, komijn, sriracha, peper en zout naar maak en maak er 4 hamburgertjes van. Doe de wortelslierten in een ovenschaal met 3 eetlepels olijfolie, zout en peper en rooster ze “crispie” in de oven voor ongeveer 20-25 minuten.

Doe de broodjes voor 5 minuten in de oven en snijd ze daarna overlangs in tweeen.

Verwarm een grillpan op medium vuur met 1 eetlepel olijfolie en grill de hamburgers 3-4 minuten aan elke kant. Kruimel de feta.

Verdeel de resterende sriracha over de broodjes, leg de rucola er bovenop. Leg op de rucola de hamburger en kruimel de feta er overheen. Verdeel de wortelslierten over de feta en zet de andere helft van het briochebroodje er bovenop.

Lamb Chop with Hummus and Feta

Spring is here and lamb is now at it's best. It lends itself well to many different cooking methods and flavours, the most well known being mint, garlic and rosemary. Here we've taken a  mediterranean influence to our dish, with flavours the really compliment one another.

Serves 4

4 lamb chops
2 aubergines
2 red onions
2 tins chickpeas
1 lemon
100 g piece feta
1 bunch mint
2 tablespoons olive oil
6 tablespoons sunflower oil

Slice the aubergines and finely slice the red onions. Place the red onion in a bowl with lemon juice to taste, 2 tablespoon olive oil, salt and pepper.
Drain the liquid from the chickpeas and place them in a jug or tall container. Crumble in half the feta, add 2-4 tablespoons water and blend with a stick blender. Heat a frying pan with 3 tablespoons sunflower oil and fry the aubergine slices until golden. Season with salt and pepper.
Heat a grill pan with 3 tablespoons sunflower oil. Season the lamb chops with salt and pepper and grill for about 3 minutes on each side.
Pick the mint leaves and finely shred. Mix through the red onion relish. Divide the hummus between 4 plates and lay a lamb chop on top. Serve with the red onion relish and aubergines.

Lamb Cutlets with Lentils, Coriander & Mint dressing and Masala Yoghurt

A modern dish inspired by the flavours of India. Lightly spiced and complemented by coriander and mint, two of the best pairings with lamb.

Serves 4

2 lamb racks
olive oil
200 g beluga or puy lentils
2 shallots
3 sprigs thyme
1 bunch coriander
1 bunch mint
250 ml natural yoghurt
1-2 tablespoons garam masala
coriander cress, to garnish

Begin by making the coriander and mint dressing. Place the herbs in a blender. Add enough olive oil and blend to a dressing. Season with salt and pepper and set aside.

Finely chop the shallots. Heat a pan over medium heat with 2 tablespoons olive oil and sweat the shallots for 5 minutes. Add the lentils and thyme and fry for a further minute. Add water to cover, bring to the boil and simmer gently for 15-20 minutes until the lentils are cooked but still have a bite. Drain off the water, season with salt and pepper and about 2-3 tablespoons olive oil. Set aside.

Season the lamb cutlets with salt and pepper. Heat a frying pan over medium heat with 2 tablespoons olive oil and fry the lamb, fat side down until the fat has rendered down as much as possible and is golden brown. Turn over on to the meat side and fry for a further 1-2 minutes. Transfer to an oven tray and roast in a 200  oven for 15-17 minutes. Remove the lamb from the oven and allow to rest for at least 10 minutes lightly covered with a piece of aluminium foil.

Mix the natural yoghurt with garam masala to taste. Season with salt and pepper and 1 tablespoon olive oil.

Slice the lamb racks into cutlets. Divide the lentils between 4 plates. Lay 3-4 cutlets on each plate. Spoon over the coriander & mint dressing, masala yoghurt and top with the coriander cress.


Easter Lamb

1 de-boned shoulder of lamb about 1 ½ - 2 kg
salt and pepper
fresh oregano or fresh rosemary
small bunch of flat leaf parsley
4 tablespoons olive oil
2 cloves of garlic

200 ml white wine
1 bunch of tarragon
2 shallots, finely chopped
400 ml lamb or veal stock

Pre-heat the oven to 160° C.

Make a paste from the herbs using the rosemary or oregano, parsley, garlic and the olive oil by mashing up in a pestle and mortar. Rub on the inside of the shoulder. Take a length of kitchen string and tie up the meat into a tidy roll. Season with salt, pepper.

Heat a heavy casserole with some olive oil over a high heat and brown the lamb on all sides.  Place a lid on the casserole and roast for a about 60 minutes.

Remove from the oven and leave to stand for a further 20 minutes in a warm place.

Pour of the excess fat and add a little stock to the pan, bring to the boil and reserve for the sauce.

To make the sauce, ,blanch the tarragon in boiling water for 10 seconds, then plunge into cold water. Dry off, remove the leaves from the stalks and chop finely. Reserve to add to the sauce later.

Place the stalks in a pan with the white wine and shallot, bring to the boil and reduce by half. Add the lamb or veal stock and simmer gently until reduced by a quarter.  Add the cooking juices from the lamb and the tarragon, just before serving. Season, if necessary with salt and pepper.

Braised Greens
2 heads of Swiss chard or Cavalo Nero
4 tablespoons olive oil
6 anchovy fillets, chopped
50g raisins soaked in a little brandy or hot water
2 tablespoons toasted nigella seeds (black onion) or pine nuts

Wash the vegetables well in cold water and remove any though stalks.

Blanch the vegetables for a few minutes in boiling salted water and drain well.

Heat the olive oil in a pan add the chopped anchovies, toss in the vegetables and heat through; add the raisins, the seeds or nuts. Season to taste with salt and pepper and serve.

We, the Amsterdam Flavours chefs, hope you enjoy this recipe as much as we do. If you have any questions on how to prepare it or just want to send us your feedback, you can reach us here Contact Amsterdam Flavours 

Lamb Racks with Chimichurri

Serves 6

50 ml soy sauce
50 ml sunflower oil
tablespoons sherry
garlic cloves, minced
racks lamb chops, french trimmed
tablespoons cumin seeds, toasted
tablespoons Szechuan peppercorns, toasted
tablespoons salt
tablespoon coriander seeds, toasted
1/4 teaspoon red chili flakes (optional)

Coriander Chimichurri
1 cup coriander leaves
1 garlic clove, finely chopped
1 pinch red pepper flakes
1/2 lime, juiced
2 tablespoons fresh jalapeño or green chilli, chopped
2 tablespoons rice vinegar
80 ml olive oil

Begin with the coriander chimichurri. Blend all ingredients without the oil. Then drizzle in oil with the machine running. Season to taste with salt.

Mix soy sauce, oil, sherry, and garlic together. Cut lamb into 6 equal pieces and marinate for 6 to 8 hours.  Grind cumin seeds, peppercorns, and coriander seeds. Mix with salt and chili and sprinkle liberally over lamb. Heat a grill pan over medium heat and grill until rose inside. Let rest about 5 minutes, then slice each piece in half. Serve with the coriander chimichurri.

We, the Amsterdam Flavours chefs, hope you enjoy this recipe as much as we do. If you have any questions on how to prepare it or just want to send us your feedback, you can reach us here Contact Amsterdam Flavours 


This traditional South African Cape Malay recipe is a must to try!

Serves 6-8

2 thick slices of stale white bread
250 ml water
5 Tablespoons sunflower oil
4 Tablespoons butter
2 large onions, finley chopped
800g lamb or beef mince
3 cloves garlic, finley chopped
1 Tablespoon Garam Masala
1 teaspoon turmeric
2 teaspoons ground cumin
2 teaspoons ground coriander
3 cloves
5 allspice berries
125 ml sultanas or golden raisins
2 Tablespoons fruit chutney or apricot jam
salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste
6-8 lemon or bay leaves
250ml natural yoghurt or buttermilk
2 eggs, beaten

Soak the bread in the water. Heat a large heavy-based pot with 3 tablespoons sunflower oil and fry the lamb or beef mince until browned. Transfer to a bowl.

Fry the onions in 2 tablespoons sunflower oil and the butter until just transparent. Add the garlic and fry for a further minute. Add the spices and fry about 1 minute to remove their rawness and cook them out slightly. Add the meat, sultanas, chutney or jam to the pan and mix well together, ensuring that all ingredients are coated in the spices. Season with salt and pepper.

Preheat the oven to 180 C. Squeeze out the water from bread and add to meat and mixing well. Grease and ovenproof dish and add the meat mixture, spreading out into an even layer.Roll lemon leaves into spikes and insert into the mixture or if you can only get bay leaves stick them in so that they are pointing out. Cover with aluminium foil and bake for 15 minutes.

Lightly beat the eggs and yoghurt or buttermilk together, season with salt and pepper and pour over meat. Bake, uncovered, until egg mixture has set, about 20 minutes. You may need to increase the temperature to 200 C to ensure the custard colours to a golden brown. Serve with yellow rice (basmati rice with turmeric added to the water) and fruit chutney.

* We recommend Mrs Balls Chutney. A classic South African ingredient which is becoming more readily available in Holland. If you can't find it, use any another brand of chutney you like.

Wine Tip: Pepin Conde Cabernet Sauvignon

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Lamb Burgers

Serves 2

2 lamb burgers
1 small tub Greek yoghurt
small bunch mint
1/4 red cabbage, finely shredded
1/2 small red onion, finely sliced
1 lemon
2 pita breads
2 Tablespoons olive oil
salt and pepper
tortilla chips, to serve

Mix the shredded red cabbage and onion together with the juice from the lemon. Season with salt and pepper and allow to stand and marinate.

Finely chop the mint and mix through the yoghurt along with 1 tablespoon olive oil.

Heat a frying pan or grill over medium heat. Add 1 tablespoon olive oil and fry the burgers for about 4 minutes on each side until golden brown.

Toast the pita breads in a toaster and slice in half.

Fill the pita breads with the red cabbage and burgers. Spoon some of the minted yoghurt in and serve with tortilla chips.

We, the Amsterdam Flavours chefs, hope you enjoy this recipe as much as we do. If you have any questions on how to prepare it or just want to send us your feedback, you can reach us here Contact Amsterdam Flavours

Greek Souvlakia


For the souvlakia
1 kg boneless pork or lamb (eg. fillet or steaks)
1 tbsp coriander seeds
2 tsp dried oregano
150ml extra virgin olive oil
4 tbsp red wine vinegar
1 onion, grated
2 bay leaves, roughly torn
salt and freshly ground black pepper

For the tzatziki
½ cucumber, peeled and finely diced
1 tbsp white or red wine vinegar
salt and freshly ground black pepper
150g thick Greek-style yoghurt
1 clove garlic, crushed
1 tbsp fresh mint, finely chopped

Cut the pork or lamb into 2cm/¾in cubes, trimming off any gristle or other unwanted fat.

Mix all the remaining souvlakia ingredients and then pour over the meat.

Turn so that all the pieces are coated, then cover and leave to marinate for at least two hours, but preferably for to 24 hours, regrigereated.

To make the tzatziki, spread the cucumber dice out in a colander or sieve, and sprinkle over the vinegar and a little salt.

Leave to drain for one hour, then pat dry with kitchen paper or a clean tea towel.

Mix with the rest of the tzatziki ingredients, then taste and adjust seasoning. Serve either lightly chilled or at room temperature. Back to the souvlakia. Soak wooden skewers in cold water for an hour or two, and then thread the meat on the skewers. Don't push the cubes right up against each other, but leave a minuscule gap between each pair, just enough space for the heat to curl round every cube, cooking it evenly.

Preheat either the barbecue or grill or an oiled griddle pan (place over a high heat for about 3-5 minutes), then cook the kebabs close to the heat, or on the griddle pan, turning and brushing occasionally with the leftover marinade, until they are crusty and brown.

Serve sizzling hot, with a wedge of lemon and the tzatziki.

Delicious served as part of a mezzo with hummus, baba ganoush, pita breads and fattoush.

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