I recently made a scrumptious Mediterranean feast for Valentine’s Day including these little beauties – Herb Marinated Roasted Leg of Lamb Sliders with homemade Tzatziki Sauce (made of Greek yogurt and cucumbers). I paired these with my homemade Mediterranean Orzo Pasta and a fresh Greek Salad. Each dish in my meal contained all-organic ingredients that were fresh and healthy and carefully selected so they were allergy-free for me. Low-carb tortillas are also a great other option to the bun.
For the lamb. Use my recipe for Herb Marinated Roasted Leg of Lamb.
For the Slider Buns. I like Classic Dinner Rolls because they are soft. Make sure to buy them that day so they are fresh. I don’t use sourdough rolls because the flavors of the sourdough and lamb then fight each other.
For the Tzatziki Sauce
- 2 cups greek yogurt (If you use plain yogurt, make sure to strain the water out beforehand)
- 1 cup sour cream (you can use lite sour cream or omit this totally and use 3 cups of greek yogurt)
- 3 tablespoons of fresh lemon juice
- 1 garlic clove, diced
- 2-3 Persian cucumbers, seeded and diced
- 1 tablespoon finely chopped fresh dill
- Rock salt (to taste)
- Fresh ground black pepper (to taste)
Peel the cucumbers and then wash. Dry them well and cut in half lengthwise. Remove the seeds from the inside and slice the cucumbers. In a food processor or blender add cucumbers, garlic, lemon juice, dill and a few grinds of black pepper. Process until blended well. Stir the mixture with the yogurt and sour cream in a large mixing bowl. Taste before adding salt and then add salt as needed. Place in refrigerator for approximately 1-2 hours before serving so that the flavors can blend. The Tzatziki will last for a few days in the refrigerator but make sure to drain off any water and stir each time you use it.
Assemble the Sliders. You can put the Tzatziki on the bottom of the roll and then the lamb on top or vice versa. Also, you can add very thin slices of red onion and tomato as well for some added flavor. απολαύσετε (means Enjoy!)
Sonia’s Suggested Pairing: On this night I paired my meal with Woodenhead 2006 Pinot Noir Troika North Coast, which was stunning. But an ice-cold beer always tastes great with sliders!