Have you heard the song by Meghan Trainor “It’s All About That Bass”? I love the beat and the chorus “I’m all ’bout that bass, ’bout that bass, no treble” but I don’t sing it like that, no for me it goes something like this, “It’s all ’bout the sauce, ’bout the sauce, nothing else”. That’s why I love this recipe for Greek Lamb Shells so much, they’re delicious, but the Tzatziki sauce knocks it out of the park.
Here’s what you’ll need for the Lamb shells:
Container of Vegetable Stock
16 oz ground lamb
7 oz Feta (we use a sheep/goat combination brand by Mt. Vikos)
10 oz chopped spinach (we use the frozen option, just thaw and squeeze out the water)
1 small shallot finely chopped
1/2 tsp dried rosemary
1/2 tsp dried thyme
1/2 tsp dried oregano
1/4 tsp salt
dash of granulated garlic
Box of large pasta shells
1 small container Goat Yogurt
1 medium cucumber, peeled, seeded and diced
3 or 4 large fresh Basil leaves, chopped fine
1/2 tablespoon Shallot, chopped fine
Juice of 1/2 Lemon
Salt and Pepper to taste
1 or 2 cloves of Garlic, chopped fine, if you want
For the Tzatziki, combine all of the ingredients in a bowl and let it sit in the refrigerator for an hour to a day or two to let the flavors combine.
In a skillet cook the lamb until done. Drain off most of the oil, and put the lamb into a bowl. Into the skillet cook your shallot until translucent, then add the spinach. Stir for a few minutes to separate the spinach then add the meat back into the skillet. Add all the herbs/spices/salt and stir the mixture well. Turn off the heat and set the skillet aside to cool.
While it’s cooling, heat a pot of water to boiling and add the pasta. You’ll cook the pasta to almost al dente, the shells will finish cooking in the oven. It’s also time to get your oven pre-heating to 400 degrees F.
Just before the shells are ready add your feta to the meat mixture stirring well.
Pour the shells into a strainer and run cold water over the shells. This will stop the cooking process AND you won’t burn your fingers when you stuff them with the meat.
Now for the fun part.. into a baking dish pour enough of the vegetable stock to cover the bottom, maybe 1/4 inch or so, then stuff the shells and place them (opening side up) into the dish. Cover with tin foil and bake about 30 mins.
Serve with Tzatziki Sauce and pecorino cheese.