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lamb koftas

{gluten, dairy, soy, egg and nut free}

Note: some of the koftas on the top are pale for my amine sensitive son. My husband and I like them brown as we can tolerate amines 😉 Tips for cooking meat without browning in recipe below.

This was a super simple, yummy dinner we had a few weeks ago. Lamb mince, which I prefer over beef mince gives a fullness of flavour to the koftas while the chives and garlic give it a bit of punch. You need this hit of flavour when you aren’t able to add spices or other herbs.

Serve with Lamb Koftas and Eggy Rice with Lentils.

I was going to order some failsafe sausages from my butcher next week (he has a min 5kg) so seeing as these were such a hit all around (especially with Jack) I think I’ll just order a few kg of lamb mince and make a bunch of these and freeze them. They would make delicious burgers too.

eggy rice with lentils.

Interestingly when I talked to my local butcher about failsafe meat requirements, he mentioned that he could guarantee the chicken and lamb date of slaughter but not the beef as it came in boxes rather then full carcasses. He could get me lamb and chicken meat that was only a few days old. So I haven’t bought any beef from him yet, only lamb chops, lamb mince and chicken breast. It’s worth chatting to your local butcher about it as they can be super helpful.

crunchy pear salad with mayo dressing

And it’s kind of cool having my own butcher. Before this diet, I normally just bought meat from the supermarket as it was easier but I do love the idea of supporting local business and actually speaking to someone that knows what they are talking about. I remember asking the lady working behind the seafood deli at Coles once what she recommended and she replied, “I don’t know, I actually really hate fish”. Um, thanks for that. Haha.

This dinner is a winner. Lovely juicy lamb koftas, crunchy pear salad and salty eggy rice. One of my kid’s favourites.

I love putting all the elements in the middle and serving it in front of the kids so they can see what we’re all eating.

If you have a go at making this for dinner, we would love to know how it went.


Laura McDonald - Simply Failsafe author and creator

Recipe links: Crunchy pear salad and Eggy rice with lentils.

lamb koftes
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Serves: 4
Juicy and full of flavour. These koftas make sausages look real silly.
  • 500g fresh lamb mince
  • 2 tbsp parsley, finely chopped (omit if sensitive).
  • 2 tbsp chives, finely chopped
  • 2-3 cloves garlic, crushed
  • 1/2 cup rice crumbs*
  • Salt to taste (approx 1/2-1 tsp)
  1. Place ingredients in a mixing bowl and mix together with your hands until combined.
  2. Divide into 4 large balls, and then in 1/3rd again to make 12 koftas.
  3. Cook on low heat in a frying pan with rice bran oil so as not to brown too much. If you are very sensitive to amines, you could bake them in a medium oven (170c) individually in foil or all together in a baking dish, covered.
*rice crumbs: I used Casalare rice crumbs from Coles but any bread crumbs would work.






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