The most common types of meat in Levantine cuisine include lamb, cow, goat, and chicken. The region is home to the Awassi (عواسي) sheep, which is a breed that is characterized by its fat tail, rich milk, and delicate meat flavor. Other lamb tends to be gamey by comparison. To achieve a similar flavor outside the Middle East, you could mix half ground beef and half lamb in most recipes that call for minced meat.