The Sunday Cookbook: Joe's Free From Halal Truck Lamb Platter

Updated: 5 days ago

Joe's Free From Halal Truck Lamb Platter - Gluten-Free Pita Bread - The Sunday Cookbook - Joseph Centineo - food allergy recipes

It didn't take long into our relationship for Amanda to learn about my love for New York City's food trucks, specifically Halal food trucks. "Lamb over rice, white sauce, red sauce, salad." There was just something about that simple order, delivered from a truck that was probably housing way too much food to begin with, that is just so delicious.

Yet, that mystery of how they are able to offer so much food from such a small truck is the main reason I was never able to share my favorite order with Amanda. The amount of cross-contamination that goes on in food trucks and food carts makes them a big NO-NO for food allergy sufferers. But, instead of just throwing in the towel and marking this platter off as something Amanda will never be able to try, we created a safe at-home version of my infamous order: lamb over rice with white sauce, salad, and pita bread. An order that is now completely dairy-free, gluten-free, nightshade-free, and enjoyed frequently here!


For the Pita Bread:

For the White Sauce:

For the lamb:

Original recipe by Wolfgang Shmuck - recipe below was altered to cater to food allergies, featuring grass-fed lamb and free of nightshade and gluten ingredients

  • 1 lb ground grass-fed lamb meat

  • ½ red onion, cut into 1-inch cubes

  • 1 large clove of garlic, cut in half

  • 1 teaspoon of sea salt

  • 1 tablespoon oregano, dried

  • (optional) 3 slices of Applegate Uncured Sunday bacon

For the rice:

  • Long grain white rice or Jasmine rice

  • (optional) 1 teaspoon turmeric for every 6 cups of rice

For plating (optional):

  • 1 cucumber, sliced

  • Remaining red onion, sliced

  • Organic Iceberg Lettuce, shredded

  • Hummus

  • Baba Ghanoush


For the Pita Bread:

  1. In a bowl, sift the flour, baking soda, cream of tartar, and salt. Mix well.

  2. Next, mix in your milk and 2 tablespoons of oil. Use the dough hook on the stand mixer and mix until combined. You can also mix with your hands or spoon.

  3. Slowly add in your water, a little at a time, until you get a pizza dough-like texture. You might need more or less water depending on the brand of cassava flour you use.

  4. Once your dough is formed, divide it into 4-6 medium size balls, about the size of a baseball.

  5. One dough ball at a time, roll each one out between 2 pieces of wax paper until you form an oval shape, rounding the corners after. Alternatively, you can use a tortilla press to make the dough even. You can roll the dough thinner but not too thin that you crack the dough when rolling. The thinner the dough, the crispier the bread on the outside and less dough texture in the middle.

  6. Heat a nonstick pan, cast iron, or grill pan with oil on medium-high heat. Place each flattened dough on the pan one at a time. Cover with lid and wait for 1 minute. You will start to see the edges puff up. Drizzle a little more than a splash of oil on top and flip to the other side. Cover and cook an additional 1-2 minutes. The thicker the dough, the longer it takes to puff and cooks through.

  7. Remove and repeat until you cook all the assembled breads.

  8. Store in a ziplock bag or wrap in plastic wrap once cooled. Best kept in the fridge then reheat before use.

For the White Sauce:

  1. Combine all white sauce ingredients in a mixing bowl.

  2. While mixing, slowly add in the water until the mixture reaches the desired consistency.

  3. Place in the fridge until ready to plate.

For the Lamb and Rice:

  1. Preheat the oven to 300 degrees.

  2. Add all lamb ingredients to a food processor, and blend until smooth, roughly 1 minute.

  3. Place the meat mixture into a parchment paper-lined baking sheet, and form into a brick that is roughly 1.5 inches tall.

  4. Bake until the internal temperature reaches 145, roughly 30 minutes.

  5. While the lamb is cooking, begin cooking rice per package instructions. To make yellow rice, stir the turmeric into the water of the rice, then cook as per usual.

  6. When the lamb is done, let sit on the stove for 10 minutes to reach room temperature.

  7. Remove the meat from the pan, and cut it into 1/4 slices. Place back onto the baking pan.

  8. Set the oven to broil and cook the slices on the top rack until the edges become crispy and brown for roughly 2 minutes.

  9. Cut the slices into 4's and serve on top of the turmeric rice.

  10. Top with cucumber, lettuce, and onion to the desired amount.

  11. Drizzle with the white sauce and serve.