Looking for a fun yet casual dinner idea for holiday entertaining? Give these Lamb Sliders with Feta Tzatziki Sauce a shot!
Can someone tell me how the holidays got here so fast this year? I’m pretty sure someone cut the calendar short by about 3 months! Sure enough, we’re heading into Thanksgiving, and we’re looking forward to celebrating with our close friends from grad school. (They also have a young son…so Robbie will have company! We’re also plotting for them to be teammates on the 2042 U.S. Curling Team. You heard it here first.)
Every year, we spend the weekend after Thanksgiving pulling out all of our Christmas decorations. We put our tree up early so that we can enjoy it for the whole holiday season. We put on classic Christmas tunes (i.e. Celine Dion’s Christmas album), and we start pulling all of our ornaments and decorations out of the boxes. Sure enough, there is always an ornament or two that I forgot about…and it makes me smile pulling it out. Last year, it was an ornament of the 3 chickens from the Muppets. They cluck Jingle Bells whenever you turn the tree on. And I should just stop talking now before you lose all respect for me and my Christmas decorations!
Recently, the local news has been featuring the story about this year’s Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree. The tree is 94-feet tall, and it was cut down in someone’s backyard in Oneonta, NY. I can’t imagine giving up that large of a tree from my backyard, but I guess it would be pretty cool to see your tree standing in the middle of Rockefeller Center. Plus, the guy who owned the tree said it dropped a lot of pine needles. 94-feet worth, to be exact. That’s a lot of raking!
There has been a tree in Rockefeller Center every year since 1933, and this year’s tree is the 2nd largest tree in Rockefeller Center history. An estimated 50,000 LED lights (measuring almost 5 miles in total length) are wrapped around the tree, and power to light the tree is drawn in part from solar panels on the roof of Rockefeller Center. I can’t imagine what that power bill would be without the solar panels! Once the tree is taken down on January 7th, it will be donated to Habitat for Humanity to use in building homes for the less fortunate. Oh, and one more fun fact: the Rockefeller Center tree drinks about 90 gallons of water per day during it’s first week. Crazy!
But enough talk about Christmas trees…at least for now! The holidays always make me think of spending time with family and friends, and of course that in turn leads to delicious food. We had some friends over for dinner the other night, and I made these Lamb Sliders with Feta Tzatziki Sauce. Let me tell you…these were epic! Lamb often shows up during the holidays as a rack of lamb, but I wanted to keep it a bit more casual…so Lamb Sliders it was. These Lamb Sliders would’ve been great on the grill, but it’s a bit too cold outside for grilling now. Instead, I went with a cast iron grill pan, and I just cooked these bad boys right there on the stovetop. Delicious!
I wrapped these Lamb Sliders in Flatout’s Rosemary and Olive Oil Fold-Its. Talk about the perfect combination! Each Fold-It clocks in at just 100 calories, and they’re perfect for sliders.
This year, Flatout and the American Lamb Board have partnered together with the goal of raising money to support Friendsgiving with No Kid Hungry. 1 in 5 kids in the U.S. struggle with hunger, and it’s important to do what we can to help…especially at this time of the year. Together, the American Lamb Board and Flatout Flatbread will donate $1 to No Kid Hungry for each new Facebook follower, recipe shared or Friendsgiving post that includes #FlatoutLamb and #Friendsgiving. It’s that easy! (Plus, you have a chance of winning a Holiday Feast Prize Pack, too.) More information, including recipes and tips, can be found at their CeLAMBrate Friendsgiving page.
As we head into the holiday season, make sure to relax and spend time with family and friends. Curl up on the sofa and watch some football (or read a good book). Light a candle. Pull out your favorite comfy sweater from the top of the closet. And make up a batch of these Lamb Sliders with Feta Tzatziki Sauce for everyone. Enjoy!
This Lamb Sliders with Feta Tzatziki Sauce post was sponsored by Flatout Flatbread and the American Lamb Board, but the recipe and opinions are entirely my own. Thank you for supporting the brands that support Spiced!