So we’re pacing ourselves.

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We’re pacing ourselves with Orange is the New Black and not bingeing on the entire season in one night. It’s nearly impossible and I can’t stand it. (also, OMG. I need a TV blog.)

I’m trying to pace myself with a new book so I don’t fall in to finished book depression. It’s difficult too. I’m a balls to the wall person. Yep. I said it on a food blog. Not other way to describe it.

We’re pacing ourselves with new summer meals at night, trying to leave out the grilled corn and burrata every.single.night and doing new thangs. It’s happening! I feel refreshed.

Starting with these little slider wraps, whiiiiiich…. may make an appearance at every summer gathering in 2014. Along with this crostini.

That crostini.

I dream about it.

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One wouldn’t think that I love lettuce wraps, but given that most lettuce cups come from butter or iceberg lettuce, I find them to be the best crunchy and fresh accompaniment to their fillings almost every time. The first time I had lettuce wraps was at PF Changs a million years ago and that was long before I’d touch a vegetable unless it started with a c and ended in orn.

I couldn’t get over how much I loved it and have been hooked ever since. I can even do my regular cheeseburgers in lettuce wraps, given I have plenty of fries on the side.

Can I just say how much I adored making something like this that was so out of my blog comfort zone? It seems simple enough (and it is!) and while that may sound ridiculous, this is the first lamb recipe I’ve ever shared. It kind sucked me out of the omg-can-I-make-anything-without-sprinkles-or-cheese? funk.

P.S. you can totally use beef or turkey or whatever you want for the sliders and just have a slightly less mediterranean taste.

Granted this still has cheese, but you get me. You know what I’m saying.

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This is the second recipe that I’m sharing for my delallo summer happy hour and these little sliders and super easy and quick. The exciting thing though is that they are DIFFERENT than what you’d expect from a traditional slider and they have a whole ton of the flavor.

I mean, this whipped feta. Remember when I lost my mind over that before? Yeah well it’s like three times as delicious when you mix in a bunch of marinated artichoke hearts. Oh my gosh.

And then these little dried cherry tomatoes which are the perfect size and ridiculously tangy and sweet. LOVE.

Finally, I served these with some of those trader joe’s pita crisp crackers, which is like a cracker on drugs. It’s basically a pita chip in the form of a cracker but for some reason it’s ten times more delicious than a pita chip OR a cracker. They have original and multigrain flavors, but we like the original best. Just… take one and dip it in the feta. Eat and repeat.

Oh hi new addiction.

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Lamb Slider Lettuce Wraps with Whipped Feta Spread

Yield: serves about 4

Total Time: 40 minutes

Ingredients:

1 pound ground lamb
2 garlic cloves, minced
2 green onions, sliced
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon pepper
1/2 teaspoon dried mustard
1/2 teaspoon smoked paprika
1 head of iceberg or butter lettuce for wrapping
1/2 red onion, thinly sliced
1/3 cup whole sun dried tomatoes
chopped fresh parsley for topping

whipped feta with artichokes
6 ounces feta cheese
2 tablespoons whipped cream cheese
1/3 cup marinated artichokes, drained and chopped
a pinch of black pepper

Directions:

If using a grill, preheat your grill to the highest setting.

Add the ground lamb to a bowl and add in the garlic, onions, salt, pepper, mustard and paprika. Stir to mix, but only until just combined, then form sliders (I like mine about 2 inches in diameter) of equal size. Cook the sliders either on the grill or in a skillet over medium-high heat until they are cooked to your desired doneness - I like about 2 to 3 minutes per side.

To assemble the sliders, add a few spoonfuls of the whipped artihcoke feta into the lettuce cup. Top that with a few slices of red onion and some sun dried tomatoes. Add a slider (or two!) on top and then sprinkle with some fresh parsley. Serve with pita chips!

whipped feta with artichokes
Add crumbled feta to a food processor and pulse until small crumbs remain. Add in cream cheese and puree for 4-5 minutes, scraping down the sides when necessary, until feta is super creamy. Transfer the feta to a bowl and stir in the artichokes. The spread will become creamier and more spreadable once some of the oil or brine on the artichokes is mixed in.

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I do miss the sprinkles though.

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41 Responses to “Lamb Slider Lettuce Wraps with Whipped Feta Spread.”

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    Bri | Bites of Bri — June 12, 2014 @ 6:50 am

    Oh I love this appearance of whipped feta! These look absolutely perfect for summer!

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    Belinda@themoonblushbaker — June 12, 2014 @ 7:20 am

    Your take on the lamb slider is such a brilliant way of introducing more veg into our days. Take it from me, my meat eater only friends would adore these for our next BBQ!

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    Molly @ Yes to Yolks — June 12, 2014 @ 7:37 am

    I absolutely adore lamb. I’ve made several lamb recipes on my blog so far, and I’ve still a relative newbie! It’s just for SO MUCH FLAVOR. I love it. These sliders look like absolute perfection! I also love this idea of pacing things. I’m the worst in the patience department, so I tend to binge-watch/read things when given the opportunity. It’s nice to take a step back every now and then and just savor the moment, huh?

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    Angela @ Eat Spin Run Repeat — June 12, 2014 @ 7:39 am

    Love lettuce cups! I wasn’t really raised on much lamb because my dad grew up on a farm and detested it. (He says whenever he sees lamb at the grocery store, he can still hear it going ‘baaaa’). Having said that, I’ve only had it a handful of times and actually quite enjoyed the taste. I’m also loving these dried cherry tomatoes you speak of. I’m not sure if we can get DeLallo products here in Canada but I’m going to look into it!

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    Jenna — June 12, 2014 @ 8:08 am

    These look fabulous! I love the artichoke whipped feta combo! So many flavors and textures in this recipe!

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    Sara Cobb — June 12, 2014 @ 8:20 am

    Couldn’t agree with you more– just finished season two of OITNB and two books, oops. Love this recipe and your blog! Whipped feta?? Be still my heart.

    Sara
    SayTheBlessing.com

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    Chelsea @ Gal on a Mission — June 12, 2014 @ 8:33 am

    I have never had lamb before and I know I have to try it. Supposed to be amazing! I have always loved lettuce cups and these look and sound amazing.

    Hope you’re having a great week! :)

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    Laura @ Raise Your Garden — June 12, 2014 @ 9:13 am

    I love your little lettuce wraps! They’re all the rage these days.

    Plus they add crunch, not calories, yay!

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    Kelly @ The Pretty Bee: Cooking + Creating — June 12, 2014 @ 9:35 am

    These sound so good! My husband loves lamb chops, but I have never had ground lamb…is it a very dry ground meat, or on the fattier side?

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    Liz @ Floating Kitchen — June 12, 2014 @ 9:41 am

    These look great, Jessica. I’m also trying to pace myself on OITNB, limiting myself to 1 or 2 episodes a day. But I want to watch then ALL RIGHT NOW! So good!

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    Hanna Sandvig — June 12, 2014 @ 10:18 am

    Well, now I’m hungry. That’s going on the menu!

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    Annie @ Annie's City Kitchen — June 12, 2014 @ 10:19 am

    Oh man, you’ve got me wanting those for breakfast right now!

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    Lisa @ Basil and Oil — June 12, 2014 @ 10:29 am

    This recipe literally makes my mouth water. Looks delicious and great for the warm summer evenings! Btw, I am impressed by your discipline in not watching OINTB. It was soo amazing.

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    Natalie @ The Ravenous Mommy — June 12, 2014 @ 10:53 am

    That truly looks amazing!

    I’m on episode 5 of the 2nd season of OITNB and I’m already dreading it ending too! I love and hate the full season release that Netflix is doing.

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    Tracy | Peanut Butter and Onions — June 12, 2014 @ 11:08 am

    My kinda patty. it healthy cause you used lettuce. I don’t know how you are restraining yourselves.

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    Polly @ Tasty Food Project — June 12, 2014 @ 11:18 am

    I love lettuce wraps but have never had them with lamb before. Looks amazing!!

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    Stephanie — June 12, 2014 @ 12:25 pm

    I LOVE lamb burgers. These looks great. Quite similar to the ones I make. Definitely need to make them with the whipped artichoke feta. Here is my recipe! http://theladyolive.com/2014/01/22/lamb-burgers-and-sweet-potato-fries/

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    Mariana @The Candid Kitchen — June 12, 2014 @ 1:15 pm

    Everybody is talking about OITNB I feel left out! Is it really that good? Thanks for sharing this recipe: healthy and refreshing.

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    Farah @ The Cooking Jar — June 12, 2014 @ 1:29 pm

    I love lamb. Haven’t had it in awhile though but it’s my second favorite meat after crab. Starting to also get on board with the whole lettuce wrap Asian fusion thing!

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    Carol at Wild Goose Tea — June 12, 2014 @ 2:06 pm

    It’s really hard to get ground lamb in my small town. That is the perfect meat choice. But I agree, there is no reason why one could use beef. Wrapped in the lettuce leaves is PERFECT. I love the ‘goo’ part. Lol

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    Sammi @Sammi Sunshine — June 12, 2014 @ 2:55 pm

    Your first 2 paragraphs are exactly what I am going through. My husband and I watch 2 episodes of Orange Is The New Black every night. We are definitely trying not to watch it all at once. It’s so good though!! I have actually fallen into book depression because I finished the “Confessions of a Shopaholic” series and nothing else blows my hair back. I’m still stuck on those books! As for the recipe, I love that you use iceberg lettuce, the crunch of that lettuce is my favorite. Yum :)

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    Millie l Add A Little — June 12, 2014 @ 3:14 pm

    Yum!! I love lettuce wrapped stuff in summer – so light and makes me feel like I can eat a hundred of these sliders! And the spread sounds amazing, maybe with some crudités or caramelised onion bread? Mmm!
    http://youtube.com/addalittlefood

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    Meghan @ Cake 'n' Knife — June 12, 2014 @ 3:24 pm

    I swear every time I read your blog and you mention Orange is the New Black I am always terrified you are going to tell me what’s going on. I am terrible and haven’t even started the second season yet – SO BEHIND. But the fact that you are still addicted to the second season is a good sign!!

    Oh and yes, you need a TV blog. Immediately.

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    Caroline @ Shrinking Single — June 12, 2014 @ 5:24 pm

    These look so delicious. Totally know what you mean about finished book depression. Abated a bit since I got a Kindle and it is soon easy to get a new book. But not so good for the bank balance.

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    Happy Valley Chow — June 12, 2014 @ 7:26 pm

    Delicious! That sounds and looks absolutely amazing. Thanks for sharing :)

    Happy Blogging!
    Happy Valley Chow

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    Sophie — June 12, 2014 @ 8:25 pm

    i’m starving and drooling looking at this. I must make them myself.

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    Ruby @ The Ruby Red Apron — June 12, 2014 @ 9:30 pm

    Looks fantastic! Lettuce wraps is something I need to try! And that whipped feta looks amazing!

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    Denise | Sweet Peas & Saffron — June 12, 2014 @ 9:31 pm

    I think my husband just got whiplash when I said ‘whipped feta’ LOL. Sounds amaaaaazing! And we are pacing ourselves…painfully…on orange is the new black. Also season 2 of homeland (Canadian Netflix sucks so bad and is so far behind!)

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    Angel Reyes — June 12, 2014 @ 11:08 pm

    Looks great. I’ve never thought of making this. Nice!

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    Eileen — June 12, 2014 @ 11:58 pm

    Oh man, these sound SO GOOD. That feta! Why have I never put artichokes in whipped feta? That is absolutely going to have to happen very soon.

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    Kay D — June 13, 2014 @ 12:20 am

    This is great! Check out http://www.foodiedelicious.com for other great recipes

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    Emily @ Life on Food — June 13, 2014 @ 5:38 am

    Genius to add artichokes to the feta. I think I would eat that by the bowlful.

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    Katie | Healthy Seasonal Recipes — June 13, 2014 @ 6:39 am

    I love lamb, and that these are wrapped in lettuce instead of some sort of bread product. Crispy lettuce seems so refreshing. We are pacing ourselves with Orange is the new black too, and only watching it every other night :)

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    Sara — June 13, 2014 @ 8:52 am

    These look amazing!!! Definitely need to add this to the grocery list this week. :)

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    Larry — June 13, 2014 @ 7:30 pm

    WHY AM I NOT EATING EVERYTHING ON HERE RIGHT NOW?! *le sigh*

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    rmd — June 14, 2014 @ 12:28 pm

    This post inspired me to finally make the whipped feta. I had some leftover feta, some Neufchatel and artichokes (what are the chances???). I was lamenting the fact that I didn’t have whipped cream cheese instead of the Neufchatel (which you clearly mention is the better choice), but I did have some leftover ricotta as well and I thought that might lighten up the texture. (it worked beautifully) OMG! Delicious! I whipped it all up, sprinkled some oregano, threw on some juicy tomatoes and some fresh basil all on top of some toasted rustic bread. We decided to make it and call it lunch and even the kids had thirds! Thank you for another mouth watering idea!

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    Erin @ The Spiffy Cookie — June 18, 2014 @ 3:39 pm

    I have yet to watch any of Orange is the new black and I definitely need to get on it! And these sliders.

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    Jordon — June 24, 2014 @ 8:44 pm

    Oh.my.gawd. this was delicious! We even kept the sun dried tomatoes! (And that’s saying something)

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