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Day 356: Mini Lamb Burgers with Feta and Tzatziki

You know it’s Christmas when you have leftover dip, hambone pickings and Clodhoppers for breakfast, lunch and dinner.

We had an amazing afternoon with Tagyn and Diego at A Christmas Carol – Diego, whom I drove crazy asking to say “dulce de leche” and “Feliz Navidad” about 50 times (he’s 7 and speaks Spanish) brought me a batch of homemade shoe soles – like small, oval, sweet pancakes native to Mexico, with a ketchup-shaped bottle of – something I’ve forgotten the name of and just realized the bottle is on the back seat of the car, and I’m in my PJs and it’s a hundred below outside – it’s like dulce de leche, only darker and better, with a cooler name. We dipped into the stash when the lights went down and squirted caramel on our shoe soles and tried to eat them without getting busted.

Up to that point, you understand I had eaten exactly this: leftover biscuits toasted with butter and mandarin jam, nut balls, ham pickings, Clodhoppers and coffee. We dragged our feet on the way back to pick W up from Mike’s Mom’s (his first time staying there with both his Mom & sister – he requires a team effort) and so stopped at Beano to get a cafe mocha, just because we could.

Which was delicious, but didn’t make us feel much better. After some chaotic Christmas gift returns (that’s what you get for being on the ball and buying stuff early – it ends up being broken) and a stop at the grocery store for my segments (4!) on BT tomorrow morning, we got home at close to 8 more wanting something that didn’t resemble chocolate than actually being hungry. We had leftover edamame walnut dip and mini lamb burgers with tzatziki while I made stuff for tomorrow.

Mini lamb burgers
Mini lamb burgers

Mini Lamb Burgers with Feta and Tzatziki

Recipe link


December 21, 2008


1 lb. ground lamb

1/2 cup bread crumbs

1/2 cup crumbled feta

1/4 cup currants

1 egg

1-2 Tbsp. chopped fresh mint

1 tsp. dried oregano

salt & pepper

mini pitas, cut in half crosswise

spring greens



1Roll them into meatball-sized balls, and flatten them a little into tiny patties. (If you are doing a lot, put them all on a rimmed baking sheet and then squish them down by pressing another sheet on top of them.) If you like, you could freeze them at this point and bake them from frozen. Otherwise they could be frozen after they are baked.


3Bake at 425°F for about 10 minutes, until they are cooked through.


5To serve, stuff into half a mini pita with a few leaves from a box of spring greens and a glop of tzatziki. Serves 8.


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8 comments on “Day 356: Mini Lamb Burgers with Feta and Tzatziki

  1. Rebecca
    December 22, 2008 at 6:06 am

    Thanks for the suggestion of the mini lamb burgers. I too had a big Xmas party this weekend and have all sorts of random leftovers, including pitas and tzatziki. Looks like it will be mini burgers for supper tonight for us too!

  2. Tagyn
    December 22, 2008 at 10:51 am

    Hi Julie,
    Diego left you on comment but somehow it ended up on Day
    347, if you can check it out!
    Thanks again for the very enjoyable afternoon, we both had a great time!!!

  3. robyn
    December 22, 2008 at 2:42 pm

    how does one return broken gifts? i need that info.

    Mini lamb burgers may just be on my menu tonight! They look delicious!

  4. JulieVR
    December 22, 2008 at 7:47 pm

    With great difficulty. We were on the ball buying one of those programmable photo frames for Shirley, and when we went to load photos on it, it didn’t work! arg.

  5. Laurene
    December 22, 2008 at 8:16 pm

    Could you be referring to cajeta? Mexican caramel, traditionally made out of goat’s milk, although now they also use cow’s milk. Great stuff.

  6. Doréus
    December 24, 2008 at 12:46 am

    Tried the maple fudge. Delicious, although I might have slightly overcooked it and it is a bit more crumbly than the one I see in the picture… but still delicious.

  7. JulieVR
    January 2, 2009 at 6:26 pm

    Cajeta- that’s it! I did rescue it from my car – it’s delicious on everything, especially my finger!

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