Turkish Lamb Kebabs with Greek Tsatziki Sauce

How many favorite recipes or meals can you tick off…on one hand? I keep finding these gems and know they will be on a regular rotation in our meal planning. Seriously, I just can’t say enough about this one. It was very Mediterranean with the orzo, flatbread, lamb kebabs and Tsatziki sauce.

Ingredients you'll need.....

3 lbs. lamb tenderloin
2 cloves garlic minced
¼ cup olive oil
1 TB tomato paste
1 TB molasses
1 TB ground cumin
1 TB Mint (from our garden)
1 TB Dried oregano (I used fresh)
1 teaspoon sweet paprika
1 teaspoon hot paprika
1 teaspoon sea salt

NOTE: This marinade is thick and substantial. With other liquidy marinades you end up tossing the remainder. This stuff sticks all over the meat chunks. Messy to thread the kebab ...but the flavor is out of this world.

Slice the lamb into one-inch cubes and marinate in the rest of the ingredients for 4 hours. If you are not using metal skewers, soak wooden skewers in water to avoid burning on the grill. Thread pieces of lamb on the skewer. Grill over medium high heat, turning ever so often.

Tsatziki Sauce:

1 English cucumber
1 clove garlic, minced
2 TB white wine vinegar
1 shallot, minced
2 TB dill, chopped
2 ½ cups Greek yogurt
2 TB olive oil
1 lemon, juiced
Sea salt and 12 grinds of black pepper

Peel and grate cucumber. Mix all ingredients together and serve chilled.

We served with flatbread (which had been brushed with olive oil and placed n the charcoal grill) and orzo cooked in chicken broth. That stuff really puffs up like rice.

This recipe was taken from the book SEAsoned: A Chef’s Journey with Her Captain. Review may be found HERE.

These kebabs were so moist and succulent ….you could eat more than you ought to it was just that good. HIGHLY recommended.


MM said...

Oh, wow does this look good! The lamb looks like perfection.

Rita said...

Love that bit of molasses in the marinade; that greek yogurt makes a big difference.

girlichef said...

You do not understand how badly I want that whole meal for dinner right now...my mouth is totally watering, it looks amazing!

Kim said...

I agree with Heather. I would love to have the whole meal, especially that lamb. Oh my gosh does that lamb look amazing!

Don't think I've ever seen lamb tenderloin in the market before, but I'll definitely be on the look out for it.

Anonymous said...

My favourite meat - looks delicious and I'll bet it smelt and tasted out of this world! Hey (just wondering) what's the difference between a US and English cucumber in the states? We only get one kind in the UK that I know of ...
Mrs L

Victoria Allman said...

Great question!

I guess it is like French Onion Soup on menus in France just being called Onion Soup.

An English cucumber is long and thin with fewer edible seeds than a field cucumber which is shorter and fatter with larger seeds that should be removed before eating (not necessary, but recommended). Both varieties work in the recipe.

The photos for this recipe look fabulous! What a great site.

Victoria Allman
author of: SEAsoned: A Chef's Journey with Her Captain

Joanne said...

Mmm I love middle eastern-esque foods and this looks totally fantastic!

Le laquet said...

Aha - a field cucumber is a French/Spanish cucumber over here ... tougher skin too right?

Noelle said...

YUM! This looks great!

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