Greek lamb and feta puff pastry pizza

To quote Hannibal from the A-Team, “I love it when a plan comes together”!

I wrote a while ago about being stuck in a cooking rut, and 3 months later, it seems as if I’ve found myself in a similar situation — relying on the same old standards and being a bit on auto-pilot. This is totally not a bad thing, but because cooking for me is one of my favorite creative outlets, I do get the itch to trying something new from time to time. And hey, I’ve been experimenting with sweet treats like delicious homemade ice creams, sorbets, french toast, and much more, but my favorite thing to cook are actual meals rather than baking or desserts, if I’m honest.

This week I’ve finished reading this book: Superwoman Rx, which sounds super gimmicky, and I guess it kind of is, but I find its blend of conventional medicine, Traditional Chinese Medicine and Ayurvedic medicine very fascinating, especially seeing as my knowledge of the latter two is minimal at best and something I want to learn more about. I heard about the book from the Bulletproof Radio podcast, which I’ve been enjoying lately and I really connected with Dr Taz’s story and how it’s not just about the food and exercise to really thrive, but things like self-care, mindset and mental health are equally if not more important. In other words, she was totally preaching to this choir.

Anyhoo, she has a lot of Greek-inspired recipes in her book and it made me realize that even though I love Greek food, I have never really ever made any aside from the typical hummus. So off I went onto the internet this morning in search of inspiration. I decided I wanted to do something with lamb, because since I never really grew up eating it (former picky eater as a child), I don’t really cook it much, even though I now love the stuff, as does the rest of my family!

Eventually I found this recipe for Greek lamb wraps and decided that I make a puff pastry pizza inspired by the ingredients and seasonings from the recipe.

Let me just say, it turned out every bit as delicious as I hoped it would. We devoured the lot and I had a very happy hubby, child and tummy of my own. The kiddo usually hoovers up most food, but he hasn’t had a whole lot of pizza with as much meat on it as I put on ours tonight, but he chowed down with a big smile on his face and kept asking for more. Result.

Serves 3

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Greek lamb and feta puff pastry pizza

15 minPrep Time

40 minCook Time

55 minTotal Time

Yields 2 puff pastry pizzas

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Ingredients

  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 medium onion, diced
  • 2 cloves of garlic, minced or diced
  • 1 red (bell) pepper, diced
  • 3/4 medium zucchini / courgette, diced
  • 500g / 1lb 10% fat ground lamb / lamb mince
  • 2tsp ground cumin
  • 1tsp dried oregano
  • 1-2 sheets of puff pastry (see notes)
  • 2-4 tbsp of tomato paste / purée
  • 15 (approx. minimum ) cubes of feta, crumbled (see notes)

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 180C / 350F.
  2. Put a frying pan on medium heat and add a tablespoon of olive oil to the pan. Brown the onion and add garlic, stir until fragrant.
  3. Add (bell) pepper and zucchini/courgette and cook through until soft.
  4. Once vegetables are cooked through, add the lamb and break up with a spatula, fry until cooked through.
  5. Season with the cumin and dried oregano, stir to incorporate into the mixture.
  6. Get the puff pastry out of the fridge and cut each sheet in half so each half will fit onto a baking tray / cookie sheet. Keep the puff pastry on top of the parchment paper.
  7. Squeeze 1tbsp of tomato paste / purée onto the half sheet puff pastry and spread using the back of a spoon or a pastry brush. Do the same with the other half sheets of puff pastry.
  8. Crumble 5 cubes of feta on top of the tomato paste. Add the meat and veg mixture on top, and crumble a further 2.5 cubes on top of the meat and veg mixture.
  9. Repeat with the other half sheet of puff pastry.
  10. Cook in the oven for 15-20 minutes, turning and swapping the shelves halfway through the cooking time to ensure they cook evenly.
  11. Cut with a pizza cutter into squares and enjoy!

Notes

This fed 2 very hungry adults and a very hungry toddler using 1 sheet of puff pastry. We had a good amount of leftover lamb and veg, and they mixture would have easily covered another pizza had we had 2 sheets of puff pastry instead of 1 in the house. Leftover meat and veg mixture makes a delicious wrap using tortillas or pitta bread with hummus!

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