Lamb Souvlaki


Lamb Souvlaki

Lamb is something that I have easy access to and I am constantly trying to find ways to make it.

This is a common fast food in Greece called Souvlaki. It basically marinated lamb that that is grilled a kabob. Most sources say you need to serve this with a tzatziki salad. So that is what I did. I like the flavor of the marinade. Fresh mint seems to work the best for the tzatziki. There are tons of recipes for this salad. I chose a basic one.

Ingredients:

1 to 1.5 pounds lamb leg steaks, excess fat removed, cut into chunks (one can also make this with a pork but you will have to use other seasonings)
2 tbsp olive oil
2 tsp ground cumin
Grated zest of 1 lemon
2 red onions, cut into chunks
4 flatbreads/tortillas
Lettuce leaves, torn

For the tzatziki
½ cucumber, grated
½ garlic clove, finely chopped
Bunch of fresh mint leaves, chopped
Zest of ½ lemon and squeeze of juice
14 ounces thick Greek yogurt

1. Coat the lamb in the oil, cumin and lemon zest. Season. Thread onto 8 skewers, alternating with onion chunks. Set aside to marinate. Marinate as long as you can, even overnight if at all possible.
* note if using wooden skewers, then you will have to soak the in water for a few hours so they do not burn on the grill.

2. Light/preheat the barbecue or grill, or heat a griddle pan over a medium-high heat.

Make the tzatziki.

Mix the cucumber, garlic, mint, lemon zest and juice, and yogurt in a bowl. Set aside.
3. Barbecue, grill or griddle the lamb for 3-4 minutes on each side until cooked. Serve on the flatbreads with the lettuce leaves and flat with the tzatziki on the side.

 

 

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