Lamb Kafta Pockets

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These Middle Eastern-style meatballs are best wrapped in a warm pita pocket, with plenty of shredded lettuce and slivered red onion and, of course, some the sweet-and-tangy sauce.

Lamb Kafta Pockets Recipe

Makes: 2 servings

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Apricot Sauce

  • 6 dried apricots
  • 1/3 cup orange juice
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh mint
  • 2 tablespoons water
  • 1 teaspoon red-wine vinegar

Lamb Kafta

  • 1/3 cup whole-wheat couscous
  • 1/3 cup boiling water
  • 4 ounces ground lamb
  • 1 tablespoon chopped fresh parsley
  • 1 teaspoon minced garlic
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground allspice
  • 1 teaspoon extra-virgin olive oil
  • 2 whole-wheat pitas, sliced open on top and toasted


  1. To prepare apricot sauce: Combine apricots and orange juice in a small microwave-safe bowl and microwave on High until bubbling, about 1 minute. Set aside to soften for 10 minutes. Transfer the apricot mixture to a food processor or blender. Add mint, water and vinegar; puree until smooth.
  2. To prepare lamb kafta: Place couscous in a medium bowl. Pour boiling water over it and let stand until the water is absorbed, about 5 minutes. Add lamb, parsley, garlic, salt and allspice to the couscous and knead until the mixture is sticky and holds together. Form into 6 balls of equal size.
  3. Heat oil in a medium nonstick skillet. Add the meatballs and cook, turning often to prevent scorching, until browned on all sides, about 6 minutes. Pour 1/2 cup water into the skillet, cover and cook until the meatballs are cooked through, about 4 minutes. Using a slotted spoon, transfer the meatballs to a plate. Serve the meatballs inside pitas topped with the apricot sauce.

Tips & Notes

  • Make Ahead Tip: The sauce can be made up to 1 day in advance.


Per serving: 439 calories; 12 g fat (4 g sat, 5 g mono); 37 mg cholesterol; 75 g carbohydrates; 21 g protein; 11 g fiber; 566 mg sodium; 644 mg potassium.

Nutrition Bonus: Vitamin C (40% daily value), Vitamin A (30% dv), Iron (20% dv).

Carbohydrate Servings: 4

Exchanges: 3 1/2 starch, 1 1/2 fruit, 2 medium fat meat

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