On Board in 20: Butter Lettuce Lamb Kofta with Arugula Gremolata
  • 1 tablespoon oil (olive, coconut, etc.)
  • 1 lb ground lamb
  • 1 teaspoon ground dried thyme
  • 1 teaspoon cumin
  • 1 teaspoon sumac
  • 2 cups fresh arugula, packed
  • 1 clove of garlic
  • 1 lemon
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 10 - 12 small mint leaves
  • ⅔ cup dry couscous
  • 1 medium cucumber
  • ΒΌ red onion
  • 2 oz. feta cheese, crumbled
  • 1 head butter leaf lettuce
  • 1 cup fresh micro greens
  • flaked salt and fresh ground pepper, to taste
  1. Start a kettle of water boiling (about ½ litre) and preheat a heavy cast iron pan to medium-high heat. Add oil to pan.
  2. Prepare the ground lamb by adding thyme, cumin and sumac. Divide the lamb in half, then in half again and then a third time. Shape each piece into a long, flattened cigar shape (not too thick). When pan is ready, put lamb on for about four to five minutes per side.
  3. While kettle is heating, add arugula to food processor and finely mince. Put minced lettuce in small bowl and grate garlic over top. Zest the lemon over arugula then cut in half and squeeze half of the lemon's juice. (Reserve remaining half lemon.) Add olive oil and stir to combine. Set aside.
  4. Using same processor, add mint and couscous dry. Spin for a few seconds to combine mint. Add boiling water (amount specified by package instructions, but usually 1 cup of boiling water per ⅔ cup dry couscous). Put lid back on processor (do not turn it on) and simply let it cook in the processor for about 5 minutes.
  5. Roughly chop cucumber, onion, and feta. Set aside. Rinse butter lettuce leaves and pat or shake to dry.
  6. To assemble board: On one side layer up desired butter lettuce leaves. In a small bowl to be placed on centre of the board combine the couscous, feta, onions and cucumber. Lay a small piece of parchment on other side of board. Skewer the lamb (totally optional) and place on parchment. Add tomatoes and leftover lemon wherever there's room. Sprinkle the lamb generously with the gremolata. sprinkle whole board with microgreens. Finally, sprinkle entire board with salt flakes and fresh ground pepper. Enjoy.
Recipe by Food Bloggers of Canada at https://www.foodbloggersofcanada.com/on-board-in-20-butter-lettuce-lamb-kofta-with-arugula-gremolata/