Spicy Lamb Patties with Cauliflower-Almond Rice

Use the spices normally found in merguez lamb sausage to make these paleo-friendly ground lamb patties. Harissa, a spicy tomato-pepper paste[, adds both heat and flavor to the lamb. Finely chopped cauliflower "rice" is livened up with lemon juice, plumped golden raisins, parsley and blanched almonds.]

Total Time:
30 min
Prep:
20 min
Cook:
10 min

Yield:
4 servings
Level:
Easy

NUTRITION INFO
Ingredients
  • Lamb Patties:
  • 1 pound ground lamb
  • 2 teaspoons harissa paste
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1/4 teaspoon hot paprika
  • 1/4 teaspoon sea salt
  • Pinch ground black pepper
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • Cauliflower Rice:
  • 1/3 cup golden raisins
  • 1 large head cauliflower, cut in 2-inch florets (about 2 1/2 pounds)
  • 1/3 cup sliced toasted almonds
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • Sea salt and freshly ground black pepper
Directions
Watch how to make this recipe.
  • For the patties: Combine the lamb, harissa, cumin, paprika, salt, pepper and garlic in a bowl and mix well by hand. Form into eight 1/2-inch-thick patties (3 to 4 inches across).

  • Heat a grill pan over high heat. Grill the patties, working in batches if necessary, until the internal temperature reaches 160 degrees F, 1 to 2 minutes per side.

  • For the rice: Combine the raisins and 1 cup of water in a microwe-safe bowl; microwave for 1 minute, then drain and set aside.

  • Place the cauliflower florets in a food processor and pulse until the cauliflower resembles small pebbles, 3 or 4 pulses.

  • Bring 1 1/2 cups water to a boil in a medium saucepan set over high heat. Add the cauliflower and cook, stirring, until tender, about 2 minutes. The water should be fully evaporated at this point, if not, drain the cauliflower using a fine mesh sieve.

  • Remove the pan from the heat and stir in the raisins, almonds, parsley, lemon juice and olive oil. Season with salt and pepper.

  • Serve the lamb patties over the cauliflower rice.

Cook's Note: If you can't find harissa, substitute with 2 teaspoons tomato paste mixed with 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper and 1/4 teaspoon lemon juice.

Use gloves when forming the patties to avoid getting the spicy paste in your eyes.

You can also cook the patties in a 350 degree F oven until cooked through.


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