Benjamminn you want to use cilantro, cumin, coriander, oregano, garlic, paprika, mint, and smoke to complement the flavor of lamb. We often eat lamb in our home and we use the same spices and herbs we just add them to chops or burger instead of stuffing in casings. If you like Pico De Gallo then you can take and grind some of that lamb into burger and make gyros or just put it on your plate and add the Pico. Pico and lamb are soul mates in my opinion one makes the other twice as good.
We eat this all the time.
Pita or flat bread
1lb ground lamb, cubed lamb also works
1/4 cup onion
2 or more cloves garlic
1tsp blk pepper
1 1/2tsp cumin
1tsp dried oregano
2tsp fresh lemon juice
You could stuff this and it would be wonderful that is my plan in the near future.
1 cup greek yogurt or plain if you cannot get the greek
2 cloves garlic
1/2 lemon juiced
2tsp finely chopped mint or dry if that is what you have
1/2 cup finely chopped cucumber
salt to taste
lettuce and tomato if you desire
Put cooked lamb on pita bread then drizzle with sauce and enjoy.
I have not made this recipe below yet, but from the ingredients I know it will be good.
• 2268 g lamb shoulder 70/30 (or you can do a 50/50 lamb and beef mixture with 30% fat)
• 36.29 g kosher salt
• 6.8 g black pepper
• 4.54 g cumin seed
• 4.54 g coriander powder
• 9.07 g smoked paprika
• 6.8 g cayenne powder
• 2.27 g all spice
• 11.34 g minced garlic
• 68.04 ml harissa sauce
• 136.08 ml water
• 45.36 g Non Fat Dry Milk/or your favorite binder optional for better bind and moisture retention
• sheep casings 18-24mm
• 34.02 dried chiles de árbol
• 4.54 dried guajillo chiles
• 2.27 dried ancho chile
• 2.27 tbsp cumin seeds
• 3.4 tsp coriander seeds
• 6.8 each garlic cloves crushed
• 68.04 ml fresh lemon juice
• 34.02 ml white wine vinegar
• 2.27 tbsp tomato paste
• 3.4 tsp Hot smoked Spanish paprika
• 2.27 tsp kosher salt
• 272.16 ml olive oil added to the blender
• 136.08 ml olive oil added after the sauce is made
- For the harissa sauce
- Place árbol, guajillo, and ancho chiles in a large heatproof measuring glass. Pour boiling water over to submerge, cover with plastic wrap, and let sit until chiles are very pliable and cool enough to handle, 15–20 minutes. Drain; remove stems and seeds and discard (wear gloves for this part if you have them).
- Toast the cumin seeds and coriander seeds in a dry small skillet over medium-low heat till fragrant. 2-3 minutes tossing constantly. Transfer to a blender.
- In the blender add the garlic and the rehydrated chilies. Blend on high till a paste is formed. Next add the lemon juice, vinegar, tomato paste, paprika, and salt and process until the mixture is 75% smooth. With the blender on a medium speed, drizzle in the olive oil (blender). Continue to blend till the olive oil is incorporated.
- transfer the harissa sauce to a bowl and stir in the remaining olive oil.
- This can be made ahead and refrigerated.
For the Merguez Sausage
- Clean the meat from any sinew, arteries, and veins. Cut the meat and fat into small pieces and place in the freezer to chill. You want the temperature to be below 34f.
- Grind the chilled meat/fat on a 6mm plate. Add all of the spices to the meat and rechill. For a finer texture regrind partially frozen mince meat on a 4.5mm plate (optional)
- Mix the chilled meat/fat (under 34f) with the harissa sauce, and water. Once the texture begins to get tacky and can stick toy your hand once it’s turned upside down you can stop mixing.
- Stuff into sheep casings, link, p***k out any air pockets, and refrigerate overnight.
- The next day cook and enjoy!
There is a fermented version in “The Art of Making Fermented Sausages” page 193.
You can also adapt a lot of Italian sausage recipes because of the spices used and you can mix 50/50 pork or beef to tone it down even more.