Renee's Kitchen Adventures

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Middle Eastern Style Lamb Sliders with Yogurt Sauce

Middle Eastern Style Lamb Sliders with Yogurt Sauce:  They will make you say "I love EWE!" #LocalLambGlobalFlavor #CleverGirls

I have a confession to make...I didn't used to be a fan of lamb at all.  My teenage son?  He adores lamb!  Hooked ever since he tried first taste...chops, ground, name it!  But I do have to tell you, I have come around.  I really do enjoy ground lamb, particularly American lamb. American lamb is known for it's quality, flavor and tenderness making it the perfect choice for these wonderful Middle Eastern Style Lamb Sliders with Yogurt Sauce.  Did you know there are over 82,000 family owned sheep operations in nearly every US state, making local lamb available year round?  

Middle Eastern Style Lamb Sliders with Yogurt Sauce:  They will make you say "I love EWE!" #LocalLambGlobalFlavor #CleverGirls

When I think of Middle Eastern cuisine, my first thoughts go to a local restaurant where I enjoy eating things like hummus, tabbouleh, and lamb burgers.  The lamb burger they make is just incredible.   I have actually gotten to the point where I crave this burger!  When prepared this way, lamb is so mild, juicy and delicious and not game-y at all.  I actually prefer the lamb burger to any beef burger because it is just so tasty!  In my "copycat version" lamb sliders, the Middle Eastern flavors of cumin, coriander, garlic and parsley make them a flavor sensation in a fun to eat size.  

Middle Eastern Style Lamb Sliders with Yogurt Sauce:  They will make you say "I love EWE!" #LocalLambGlobalFlavor #CleverGirls

Even if you think you aren't a lamb fan, these sliders will convert you!  They are something a little different from the usual food to serve at a tailgating party or just to change things up for dinner one night. You will find ground lamb handles much like ground beef and lamb naturally lends itself so well to global flavors such as Middle Eastern, Asian, Latin and Mediterranean. 

These sliders are so easy to prepare.  Cook time for the burgers is about 3-4 minutes per side making them a great choice for a weeknight meal. The yogurt sauce  and spinach compliments the flavors of the burger perfectly.  

Middle Eastern Style Lamb Sliders with Yogurt Sauce:  They will make you say "I love EWE!" #LocalLambGlobalFlavor #CleverGirls

So what do you say, are you a fan of American Lamb? If not, are you willing to give this recipe a try and see if you will join me in saying, " I love Ewe!?"  

Middle Eastern Style Lamb Sliders with Yogurt Sauce

Renee's Kitchen Adventures
Inspired by a burger I enjoy at a local restaurant 
Middle Eastern Style Lamb Sliders with Yogurt Sauce
Tasty lamb sliders featuring ground American lamb seasoned with Middle Eastern flavors and served with a cool yogurt sauce and fresh baby spinach on toasted slider buns


  • 1 pound ground American Lamb
  • 1/4 cup finely chopped onion
  • 1/4 cup finely chopped red bell pepper
  • 1 TBS fresh finely chopped parsley
  • 1/2 tsp ground cumin
  • 1/4 tsp dried oregano
  • pinch of ground coriander
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 1/2 tsp kosher salt
  • 1/4 tsp fresh ground black pepper
  • pinch of red pepper flakes (optional)
  • For Yogurt Sauce:
  • 3/4 cup plain Greek Yogurt (nonfat or 2%)
  • 1/2 cup reduced fat sour cream
  • 1/2 cup grated English cucumber (well drained of liquid)
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • salt and pepper, to taste
  • 2 TBS fresh chopped mint or parsley
  • 8 slider buns
  • 1 cup organic baby spinach leaves


  1. To make the yogurt sauce: Combine the drained, grated cucumber, Greek yogurt, sour cream, garlic, salt and pepper, and mint or parsley in a small bowl. Put in refrigerator while you prepare the burgers to allow the flavors to blend.
  2. To make the burgers: In large bowl, combine the American lamb, onion, red bell pepper, parsley, cumin, oregano, coriander, garlic, red pepper flakes (if using), salt and pepper. Gently mix to combine.
  3. Divide meat mixture evenly into 8 balls and shape into small patties. Heat indoor grill pan coated with some olive oil cooking spray on med-high heat. When pan is hot, add the burgers and cook on each side for about 3-4 minutes, or until the internal temperature is 160 degrees F.
  4. Remove burgers to a platter and keep warm. Toast slider buns in same pan you cooked the burgers in.
  5. To assemble burgers: Remove yogurt sauce from refrigerator. Line up toasted bun bottoms on a platter. Spread about 1-2 TBS of yogurt sauce onto each bun bottom, top with burger, then a few baby spinach leaves and then the top of the bun. Secure with picks, if desired. Serve immediately.
Yield: 8 sliders
Prep Time: 00 hrs. 15 mins.
Cook time: 00 hrs. 10 mins.
Total time: 25 mins.
Tags: American lamb, lamb, sliders, Middle Eastern, yogurt, cucumber, garlic, meat

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Monday, October 27, 2014

Slow Cooker Spiced Pear Butter

I picked up a big box of pears last week at Costco.  They looked SO good, but now that there is only 3 of us living at home, it's hard to eat that much fruit before it goes bad.  I was thinking of making some sort of pear sauce, but then I remembered a recipe I made a long time ago using apples and the slow cooker to make apple butter I had found on Skinnytaste and thought, "Pear butter?  Why not!? " I'm so very glad I did, because this stuff is amazingly delicious. Imagine sweet pears spiced with ginger, cinnamon, nutmeg and allspice in a smooth "butter" that is perfect on toast and all sorts of other things!  

Slow Cooker Spiced Pear Butter: Sweet pears mingle with Autumn spices to make this lovely pear butter! #pears #slowcooker

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Easy Apple Cranberry Crisp

Tender baked apples and dried cranberries covered in a sweet, cinnamon-y, crunchy topping...perfect with a scoop of vanilla frozen yogurt or some whipped topping!

Easy Apple Cranberry Crisp:  A classic dessert perfect for Fall!

Monday, October 20, 2014

Brainy Blue Cheese and Bacon Dip for Wheat Thins

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Brainy Blue Cheese and Bacon Dip:  Happy Halloween!  Fun dip for your festivities! #SpookySnacks #shop

With only a week and a handful of days away from October 31st, I've got a super fun, kinda creepy Halloween snack idea for you!  Brainy Blue Cheese and Bacon Dip for Wheat Thins!  Wheat Thins and the specially Halloween designed Oreos make great Halloween snacks! But for this recipe, I am focusing on the Spicy Buffalo flavor Wheat Thins.

Friday, October 17, 2014

Candy Bar SnackPack Pudding Cup Smoothie

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Candy Bar Pudding Cup Smoothie: fun and wholesome at the same time! #shop #snackpackmixins

I cannot believe it's the middle of October already!  That means Halloween is right around the corner: trick-or-treat, candy, scary movies, candy, jack-o-lanterns, candy.  Yup, you are going to have a lot of candy on hand.  Well, I've got a super fun way to use some of that candy along with snack pack pudding cups!  Make some Candy Bar SnackPack Pudding Cup Smoothies!

Monday, October 13, 2014

Easy Shoyu Chicken

Up until a few months ago, I had never even heard of Shoyu Chicken...what a shame, because this chicken dish is not only super easy to make, it is also become one of my "go to" chicken recipes. Shoyu means "soy" in Japanese and this dish is native to Hawaii.  I've never been to Hawaii, so I cannot tell you how it compares to Shoyu Chicken served there, but I can tell you, it is utterly delicious.   Tender boneless, skinless chicken thighs cook right in the flavorful sauce for an easy weeknight meal you can have on the table in no time.  

Easy Shoyu Chicken:  Great weeknight meal!

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Pumpkin Cinnamon Streusel Coffee Cake

 Pumpkin Cinnamon Streusel Coffee Cake is a moist coffee cake full of fall flavors. Pumpkin, cinnamon and pecans are featured with a delicious double streusel filling and topping! 

Pumpkin Cinnamon Streusel Coffee Cake:  Pumpkin, cinnamon, pecans and streusel inside and out!

Monday, October 6, 2014

Peppery Pasta with Arugula and Sausage

It's Secret Recipe Club time again!  This month I was assigned to the blog IlonasKitchen.  Ilona says, "When I am stressed I bake and/or go to the gym.  It's a symbiotic relationship!"  I love this philosophy! 

 There were so many good recipes to choose from on her blog! I finally settled in the pasta category of her blog.  I choose several recipes to make on the short list (Creamy Goat Cheese Pasta with Lemon and Spinach and Farfalle with Garlic Parmesan Cream Sauce to name a few!)  , but ultimately, since I LOVE arugula, I choose to make this one.  

Peppery Pasta with Arugula and Sausage: Easy, healthy weeknight dinner


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