Lamb Boats

It’s time to start thinking about the upcoming holiday season and party food. Whether you’re hosting a party or you’re a guest at a potluck, everyone needs a great party appetizer recipe at the ready.

Lamb Boats
Lamb Boats

This recipe is one of my favourite party appetizers. These little flavour bundles definitely stand out at a party thanks to their unique shape, and the spices blend well with a Tzatziki sauce on the side.


*makes approx. 60 boats


  • 1 Tbsp olive oil
  • 3 oz. pine nuts (about ½ cup)
  • 8 oz. ground lamb or beef (1/2 pound)
  • 1 onion, grated
  • 1 tomato, finely chopped
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • ¼ cup fresh parsley, chopped
  • ¼ tsp cinnamon
  • Pinch of allspice
  • S&P
  • 1 lb ready-made pastry dough
  • 1 egg, beaten (for glaze)
  • Tzatziki sauce for serving (optional)


Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

Heat the oil in a frying pan over medium heat. Add the pine nuts and toast until golden. Remove from heat and set aside.

In a large bowl, combine the lamb, onion, tomato, garlic, parsley, cinnamon, allspice, salt, and pepper. Mix well. Set aside.

Roll out the dough to about ¼ inch thick. Cut the dough into long strips about 2 inches wide, then across to make squares. Cover the dough while you make the boats.

Brush egg glaze down two opposite sides of the square. Add small amount of lamb filling to the middle of each square. Fold in half with the glazed edges together, leaving an opening in the center. Press the boat gently against your work surface so the boat sits flat, and pinch the ends together forcing up the filling.

Put the boats on a baking sheet lined with parchment, and bake for 40 minutes, or until golden brown and meat is cooked through.

Serve immediately.

*any leftover boats can be frozen once cooled completely.
Lamb Boats
Lamb Boats

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