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Recipe

Lamb Skewers with Green Olive & Mint Sauce

Scott Phillips

Servings: two as a main dish.

Cook these cumin-scented lamb kebabs over the grill or under the broiler, then drizzle on the chunky olive-mint vinaigrette.

Ingredients

  • 3/4 lb. boneless lamb shoulder chops or lamb leg steaks, trimmed of extra fat and cut into 1-inch cubes
  • 3 Tbs. extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 tsp. minced garlic
  • 1 tsp. ground cumin
  • Pinch crushed red chile flakes
  • Kosher salt
  • 2 tsp. red-wine vinegar
  • 1 tsp. honey
  • 2 Tbs. chopped pitted green olives
  • 2 Tbs. chopped fresh mint leaves

Nutritional Information

      Calories (kcal) : 470
      Fat Calories (kcal): 310
      Fat (g): 35
      Saturated Fat (g): 9
      Polyunsaturated Fat (g): 3
      Monounsaturated Fat (g): 22
      Cholesterol (mg): 120
      Sodium (mg): 800
      Carbohydrates (g): 4
      Fiber (g): 0
      Protein (g): 35

Preparation

  • In a medium bowl, combine the lamb with 1 Tbs. of the olive oil, 1/2 tsp. of the garlic, 1/2 tsp. of the cumin, the chile flakes, and 1/2 tsp. salt. Toss to coat and set aside.
  • In a small bowl, combine the vinegar, honey, olives, and the remaining garlic, cumin, and olive oil. Stir in the mint.
  • Thread the lamb onto 4 small skewers. Broil or grill the lamb, flipping once, until browned and sizzling, 3 to 4 minutes per side. Transfer the skewers to plates, spoon over the sauce, and serve immediately.

Serve the kebabs on a bed of  couscous tossed with diced red peppers, and a side of Cucumber & Feta Salad with Mint & Dill.

Tip

If using wooden skewers, soak them for 20 minutes in water before threading so they don’t burn on the grill.

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  • MarciaJMcI | 08/21/2012

    Made these for dinner this weekend, they are great! It was easy to put together and a great new flavor with lamb. I followed the recipe except that I made it for 10! I will be making this again.

  • Artzee2 | 08/16/2012

    What a wonderful way to prepare lamb. Very easy and the sauce is wonderful. I served it over brown rice with a Greek salad. Nice, fresh dinner. Would be great for company.

  • MidwesternFoodie | 10/10/2011

    Completely agree with previous reviewer! I followed all the serving suggestions (couscous w/ red peppers and the cucumber dill salad)----perfection! The green olive sauce pulled everything together. Loved it!

  • dburum | 09/20/2010

    Fantastic. Rarely do I repeat a recipe, but this is now a mainstay.The lamb is so tender and the Sauce dynamite. Surprising combination of ingredients, but a definite crowd pleaser.

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