Kebabs

Once upon a time, I lived in the D.C. area, which is home to a sea of Kebab restaurants. This recipe is as good as anything I’ve ever tried in all those restaurants. A couple weeks ago, some friends came to visit, and we served these. They were a huge hit with us and with our guests. The marinade is absolutely a winner!!!

On this particular day, we used lamb, chicken, shrimp, red & yellow peppers, squash, zucchini, & mushrooms. After I filled the skewers beyond capacity, the extras went into the grilling basket.

The Overflow

The Overflow

I serve the Kebabs with Mediterranean pitas, Basmati rice, and Tzatziki. Delish!

Kebabs
Recipe from Sara Moulton on the Food Network

1 (2-pound) piece trimmed boneless leg of lamb, cut into 1 1/4-inch cubes
3/4 cup Herb-Garlic Marinade, plus 1/4 cup, plus 1/4 cup, recipe follows
4 to 5 large red bell peppers, cut into 2 by 1 1/2-inch pieces
8 (10-inch) rosemary-branch skewers

In a large heavy-duty plastic sealable bag combine lamb and 3/4 cup marinade and seal bag, pressing out excess air. Marinate lamb, chilled, for at least 4 hours and up to 8.Blanch the bell peppers in a large saucepan of boiling water 30 seconds. Drain peppers in a colander and, while still hot, in a bowl stir together with 1/4 cup marinade. Marinate peppers, covered and chilled, for at least 4 hours and up to 8.

Prepare grill. Soak skewers in warm water 30 minutes.

Drain lamb, discarding marinade. In a sieve set over a bowl drain peppers and reserved bell pepper marinade for basting. Thread 4 pepper pieces and 4 lamb pieces, alternating pepper with lamb, onto each skewer. Kebabs may be assembled 1 hour ahead and chilled, covered.

Cover ends of skewers with aluminum foil so they don’t burn.

Grill kebabs on a lightly oiled rack set 5 to 6 inches over glowing coals, basting with reserved marinade and turning them occasionally, about 12 minutes total for medium-rare meat. (Alternatively, broil kebabs under a preheated broiler 2 to 3 inches from heat about 4 minutes on each side.) Drizzle kebabs with remaining 1/4 cup marinade.

Herb-Garlic Marinade:

6 large garlic cloves
1/3 cup packed tender fresh thyme sprigs
1/4 cup packed fresh rosemary leaves
1 1/2 tablespoons coarse salt
1 cup fresh lemon juice
1 1/2 cups olive oil
Freshly ground black pepper

Mince together garlic, thyme sprigs, and rosemary with salt and mash to a coarse paste.In a bowl whisk together garlic paste and remaining ingredients until emulsified. Marinade may be made 1 day ahead and chilled, covered.

Yield: makes about 2 1/2 cups

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