Ground Lamb and Hummus Pita Pizzas


Ground Lamb and Hummus Pita Pizzas |

Ground Lamb and Hummus Pita Pizzas |

Ground Lamb and Hummus Pita Pizzas |

Ground Lamb and Hummus Pita Pizzas |

Can you believe it’s already almost time for flu shots and flu clinics? I actually got my flu shot on Tuesday. My employer was offering them way early this year for the entire month. Last year, they ran out of supplies, so maybe that’s why they’re getting an earlier start? I totally think it’s way early but if they’re offering it, why not? I get one every year just cause I fear if I don’t, I’ll come down with a strong case of the flu. It’s probably just me, but you know how Murphy’s Law goes ;) It’s also crazy how within 30 minutes of getting the flu shot, my arm is already super sore! It was so sore by the time I got home from work that I couldn’t take my shirt off, lol! Do you get the flu shot?

I think this past week we had our last stretch of summer. It was so humid from Monday to Thursday and up in the 90s. We had storms roll through last night and it completely cooled everything down and now it’s only going to be in the mid-70s the rest of the weekend and into next week. I already see leaves changing color! There’s so many fallen leaves in my neighborhood. They’re a little anxious to fall off those branches, aren’t they? ;)

So, we decided that this Fall we aren’t going to paint our bedrooms after all. We were going to repaint the bedrooms to be a light grey, but then we realized we’d rather invest that money into working on the man-cave/den in the basement instead. We’re planning on getting a chaise couch down there, a rug, and a tv to hang above the fireplace. Yes, there’s a fireplace down there and we haven’t even used it yet. This will be our second winter in this house and I’m determined to use it this winter. It’s such a bummer they put the fireplace in the basement and not the main living area (where we are the most). But, I’m sure once we complete the area, we’ll be down there all winter :) I can’t wait to finally be all warm and cozy in the wintertime.

You’ll want to make these ground lamb and hummus pita pizzas asap. It’s basically a Greek party in your mouth. The spices make the lamb so flavorful and all the flavors work so perfectly together. We couldn’t stop eating this. I think we each ate four a piece. Not exactly the portion control I was going for ;)

Ground Lamb and Hummus Pita Pizzas |
Ground Lamb and Hummus Pita Pizzas
Prep Time
10 mins
Cook Time
15 mins
Total Time
25 mins

These are a great Greek spin on traditional pizzas! This lighter version utilizes ground lamb, pitas, hummus, and tomatoes. 

Servings: 4
  • 6 ounces ground lamb
  • 1 tsp olive oil
  • 1 1/2 cups onion, chopped
  • 1 tbsp garlic, minced
  • 1 1/2 tsp ground cumin
  • 1/2 tsp dried oregano
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/4 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1/2 cup diced tomatoes, canned and drained
  • 1 1/2 tbsp fresh lemon juice
  • 2: 6 inch pitas, cut in half
  • 1/2 cup garlic hummus
  • Handful chopped parsley
  • 1 tbsp pine nuts, toasted
  1. Preheat boiler to high.
  2. Heat a skillet over medium-high heat and add the lamb to the pan. Cook for 3 minutes, or until browned, breaking apart the lamb into crumbles with your spatula/wooden spoon. Remove lamb from skillet.
  3. Add oil to the same pan and sauté onion for 2-3 minutes then stir in garlic, cumin, dried oregano, salt, and ground cinnamon. Stir to mix well then stir in the 1/2 cup of water and diced tomatoes. Bring to a simmer and then stir in the cooked lamb. Cover, reduce heat, and simmer for 5 minutes. Stir in the lemon juice.
  4. Split the two pitas into 2 rounds. Place pita rounds on a baking sheet and broil 1 minute on each side, or until crisp. Make sure you watch it carefully!
  5. Spread 2 tbsp. of hummus on each round, top with ground lamb mixture and garnish with parsley and pine nuts.
Recipe Notes

Source: Cooking Light, August 2013


Posted on September 13, 2013

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  1. 09/13/2013 at 7:08 am

    Loving these little “pizzas”! Ground lamb is sooo good, and obviously hummus is like my favorite thing ever. Such a great idea!

  2. 09/13/2013 at 7:47 am

    These look super tasty. Love these Mediterranean flavours!

  3. 09/13/2013 at 8:02 am

    I keep eyeing the flu shot sign at the pharmacy every time I drive by. Soon! ;) Seriously I’m seeing so many recipes with pita lately. I’m seriously craving it!

  4. 09/13/2013 at 8:20 am

    Can you believe I have never had lamb? I have just never had chance and never thought to but, but I am kicking myself because these look so good! I have to give them a try!

  5. 09/13/2013 at 9:06 am

    Oh Julie! This looks fabulous!

  6. 09/13/2013 at 9:15 am

    Wow! Love the sound of these pitas! Great recipe, Julie! :)

  7. 09/13/2013 at 9:32 am

    this looks AWESOME Julie!! it would be a big hit in our house :)

  8. 09/13/2013 at 9:51 am

    Happy pita day:)

  9. 09/13/2013 at 10:08 am

    Oh how I am loving these Julie! Would like for lunch today!

  10. 09/13/2013 at 10:26 am

    These pizzas look amazing!!!

  11. 09/13/2013 at 11:14 am

    I want to throw a pita pizza party now!

  12. 09/13/2013 at 11:16 am

    These sound tasty in addition to being nice and healthy!

  13. 09/13/2013 at 12:05 pm

    I’m still in denial that the summer is over.
    On an unrelated topic: I need to get a few dozen of these pitas in my face.

  14. 09/13/2013 at 12:27 pm

    I only recently discovered a love for hummus and I’ve been looking for every excuse to eat it – thank you for this!!! :)

  15. 09/13/2013 at 12:32 pm

    We adore lamb and this looks so simple!

  16. 09/13/2013 at 12:55 pm

    Looks so good, Julie! Hope you get to enjoy your fireplace soon too!

  17. 09/13/2013 at 1:41 pm

    I just found tonight’s dinner! Love these!

  18. 09/13/2013 at 1:48 pm

    Did someone say Greek party in my mouth?! Psssssh! Gimme these pizzas girrrrrl!

  19. 09/13/2013 at 1:57 pm

    Great recipe, Julie! I adore Greek cuisine and these pita pizzas look so fun. I’m all for a Greek party in my mouth!

  20. 09/13/2013 at 2:11 pm

    I love all these super creative twists on pizzas I’m seeing lately! You’ve got my heart with this Greek variation. Amazing photos, too!

  21. 09/13/2013 at 5:21 pm

    I am obsessed with this recipe! looks perfect on all fronts

  22. 09/13/2013 at 7:35 pm

    Ouuu we just got the reminder for flu shot – can’t believe it’s that time of the year again. I definitely need to throw a pita pizzas party now. I’ve never tried cooking with lamb and you just convinced me to try this recipe. I’m sure this will be a hit since the hubs is a big fan of hummus.

  23. 09/13/2013 at 11:08 pm

    I am required to get the flu shot every year because I am a nurse. Two years ago, I actually got Influenza B (likely from a patient) one month after I received the vaccine. I would not wish that on anyone!!!

  24. 09/14/2013 at 11:01 am

    This whole dish sounds incredible, Julie. We love Mediterranean food and the lamb sounds so perfect!

  25. 09/15/2013 at 10:12 am

    I have never had a pizza like this ~ so many of my favorite flavors!

  26. 09/15/2013 at 3:35 pm

    I love lamb! The way you prepared it really appeals to me: with homemade hummus, spices, and toasted pine nuts on top. Pinned!

  27. 10/04/2013 at 12:19 am

    I`ve been making simple pizzas on naan bread (posted a recipe about it!) and I have been meaning to try pizzas on pita bread!

  28. AnnellaW
    07/06/2014 at 7:12 am

    Made this for dinner tonight and we LOVED it. I swapped the lamb with turkey and it was still delicious. So much flavour with those spices and great textures. Will definitely be making this again and again. Thank you!

    • Julie
      07/06/2014 at 5:21 pm

      This is such an underrated dish on my site – it’s one of my all time favorites because of the spices and flavors!! So glad you enjoyed it :)

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