Ground Lamb Kebabs


This Greek recipe for ground meat kebabs has a decidedly Anatolian aura but is found in variations all over the Eastern Mediterranean and Eastern Aegean.

Ingredients

  • 2 pounds finely ground lamb
  • 1 cup chopped fresh flat-leaf parsley
  • 1 ½ cups very finely chopped or grated onion
  • 3 large garlic cloves finely minced
  • ½ teaspoon cayenne or more to taste
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste
  • 8 18- inch skewers
  • 8 pita breads lightly toasted or grilled, optional
  • 1/3 cup extra virgin Greek olive oil

For the Apricot Tzatziki

Instructions

  1. In a large bowl, combine the ground meat, onions, garlic, parsley, cayenne, salt, and pepper and knead well for about 7 or 8 minutes to combine thoroughly.
  2. Preheat a gas grill to medium according to individual unit directions or light a charcoal fire and let it wane until the coals are covered with white ash.
  3. Have a bowl of water set nearby to dampen the palms of your hands. With wet hands, take about one-eighth (1/4 pound) of the mixture and shape around a sausage. Dampen your hands continuously and shape the sausage into a cylinder by squeezing it along the skewer and against it, and smooth it out, again with dampened hands. The final sausage should be about 6 - 8 inches long. Continue with remaining meat and skewers. Grill over medium heat, turning once, until browned and cooked through, about 10 – 12 minutes. Serve with the Apricot Tzatziki and warm pita if desired.

Make the Apricot Tzatziki:

  1. Mix everything together in a medium bowl and serve.

Notes

If you want to grill pita bread rounds:
Lightly oil the grill racks. Place on the grill over medium heat and barbecue for about 3-4 minutes on each side, brushing with a little olive oil.

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