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Middle Eastern Mezze Plate

  • Total Time: 30 minutes
  • Yield: 4 1x


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  • 500 g lamb mince
  • 2 garlic cloves, crushed
  • 1 1/4 cup fresh parsley leaves, finely chopped
  • 1 tsp cumin, ground
  • 1 brown onion, finely chopped
  • 1 small cauliflower, cut into small florets
  • 4 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 tbsp za’atar
  • 400 g cherry tomatoes, roughly chopped
  • 1 tbsp lemon juice
  • 1 pomegranate, seeds
  • 100 g pita crackers
  • 200 g tzatziki


  1. Preheat oven to 200c/395f.
  2. To make the lamb koftas: Combine crushed garlic, ¼ cup chopped parsley, cumin, half the chopped onion, 1 tsp salt and 1 tsp cracked pepper in a mixing bowl. Add mince and use your hands thoroughly to mix. Once combined, create 8 short thick sausages (approx 6cm/2-3” long and 3cm/1” wide) and place on a lined baking tray.
  3. On the same baking tray (or another one, if there isn’t space), add the cauliflower and sprinkle with 2 tbsp oil and 2 tbsp zaatar. Mix well so the florets are coated. Place both lamb and cauliflower in the oven for 25 mins to cook.
  4. Meanwhile, add tomatoes, onion and remaining parsley to a small bowl. Add 2 tbsp oil and 1 tbsp lemon juice and season with salt.
  5. Arrange the lamb, cauliflower and salad on a platter. Garnish with pomegranate seeds and serve with pita crackers and tzatziki.


  • Easily make your own Tzatziki: Combine 1 cup Greek yoghurt, ½ cup fresh mint or parsley leaves (chopped), 2 garlic cloves and 1 tbsp lemon juice, salt and pepper to taste.
  • Easily make your own pita chips: Separate 2 pieces of lebanese bread so you get 4 large circles (half as thick) and place on a baking tray. Spray with cooking oil, sprinkle with 2 Tbsp za’atar (or another favourite herb) and add a good crack of salt. Cook in the oven for 5 minutes on 200c/395f or until it starts to brown. Once cooked, crack into large chunks.
  •  Za’atar is a Middle Eastern spice that should be easily found in any large grocery store in the spice section. Can’t find it? Use paprika.
  • If pomegranate isn’t in season (too expensive/isn’t available), you can easily skip it.
  • You can use other meats if you don’t want to use lamb. If using a leaner meat like turkey, it may not be as rich and juicy.
  • Prep Time: 5 mins
  • Cook Time: 25 mins