Lamb is a popular staple at my house, we eat it at least once a week in all forms from minced, to chops to roasts and steaks. I’ve shared a few recipes already including Moroccan Roast Lamb and Lamb and Yoghurt Stuffed Aubergines but I’ve learnt so many other ways of cooking it I’ve got a lot more lamb recipes up my sleeve!
This time I’m sharing my recipe for lamb skewers, which are a really quick and delicious week-day meal that is easy to make, can go with a variety of side dishes, and always tastes great! It’s also something you can prepare in advance and then grill just before serving but I don’t ever feel the need to prepare this in advance as it’s so quick.
What you’ll need:
- 500gr minced lamb
- 100gr crumbled Greek Feta
- 2 tspn minced garlic or garlic powder
- 1 tablespoon dried oregano
- salt & pepper to taste
- 1 large egg
- 1/2 cup breadcrumbs
Place all ingredients in a large bowl and mix using your hands. Next, grab some large skewer sticks and wrap some of the meat around them. This part gets a bit fiddly so I’ll explain how I do it. I first grab a handful of meat, about enough to form a large meat ball. I roll it between my hands to form a patty and then place the skewer across the middle. I then wrap the meat around the skewer and tighten by squeezing the meat and shaping it until it fits nicely and doesn’t look like it’s going to fall off! The point is to make sure the meat is wrapped tightly around the skewer in a sausage shape and can be easily removed once cooked.
Now comes the grilling part. I normally use my George Foreman grill to cook these, as it allows me to cook each skewer evenly on both sides, and they don’t ever burn! It also drains a lot of the fat out of the meat, as lamb can be really fatty so I know I’m removing some of the calories too! If you don’t have a George Foreman grill at home, not to worry, a good old fashioned griddle will suffice or better yet if it’s a sunny day why not cook these over the BBQ? Cooking times will vary depending on how much meat you wrap around each skewer but the ones pictured in the image above take about 10 minutes on the George Foreman- I told you it was quick! If you’re using a griddle pan they’ll take longer, of course. If you’re doing these on a BBQ over an open flame, make sure to first soak the skewer sticks in water before adding the meat, to make sure the sticks don’t catch fire while your meat is cooking!
Finally, I always serve these with some tzatziki sauce, some fries and a salad! A really simple meal you can make any day of the week!