Recipes for California Lamb


California Lamb Canapés


12 ounces ground California lamb
1 teaspoon sea salt
1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper
1 tablespoon fresh mint, finely chopped 
2 1/2 ounces dried apricots, finely chopped 
1/4 cup sliced scallions
2 cloves garlic, finely chopped 
1/2 teaspoon red chili flakes
1 whole egg, beaten
Grated Parmesan cheese, as needed
6 slices plain white bread, crusts removed
1/4 cup melted unsalted butter


Preheat oven to 375°F.

Gently mix first 9 ingredients together; set aside. Brush melted butter onto both sides of bread slices and cut them into 4 squares each. Carefully, push each square into a mini-muffin cup, and fill loosely with lamb mixture. Sprinkle with grated Parmesan and bake 12 minutes, until bread is toasted all around and meat is done. Serve hot.


To make ahead, bake and store, tightly covered, in refrigerator or freezer. To serve, reheat in 375°F oven for about 7 minutes.