Kataifi Nests with Mauritanian Ground Lamb

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lamb kataifi

This dish is an elegant way to wow your guests. You can serve it as an entree or appetizer and bring Israel to your guest’s plate.

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  • 6 ServingsServings


  • 6 oz. Kataifi (thawed in fridge)
  • 4 tablespoons olive oil
  • oil spray
  • 1 small onion, small dice
  • 3 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 small green zucchini, small dice
  • 1/2 pound ground lamb meat
  • 1 tablespoon chopped mint
  • 1 tablespoon chopped parsley
  • 1 tablespoon chopped cilantro
  • 1 tablespoon Jerusalem mix spice blend


  1. Preheat oven to 350F. Pull kataifi with your hands to separate them and rip roughly into 2-inch lengths. Place in a bowl and continue separating with fingers and toss with 2 tablespoons of olive oil. Grease cupcake pan with the oil spray and divided the pulled kataifi and using the tips of your fingers create nests. Bake for 25-30 minutes or until golden brown.  Remove from oven and cool to room temperature.
  2. In a large frying pan heat 2 tablespoons of olive oil and sauté the diced onions until clear (about 3-5 minutes). Add the garlic and cook for 30-45 seconds, add the zucchini and continue cooking for 5 additional minutes. Add the ground lamb and cook for 5 minutes. While cooking constantly crumble the lamb using a spatula. Add the Jerusalem spice mixand let the spices bloom for 2 more minutes, taste and add spice if you wish. Add the chopped herbs and cook for additional 1 minute.  Remove from heat.
  3. Once ready to serve spoon some of the lamb into the kataifi nests. Serve with tahini and pine nuts.