Marinated Greek Lamb Souvlaki recipe (Skewers) with Pita and Tzatziki

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Marinated Greek Lamb Souvlaki recipe (Skewers) with Pita and Tzatziki
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  • 1 kg lamb leg or shoulder cut into chunks
  • 80 ml olive oil approx. 5-6 tbsps
  • 2 cloves of garlic crushed
  • juice of 1 lemon
  • 2 red onions roughly chopped
  • 1 tsp dried oregano
  • 1 tsp dried thyme or some fresh thyme chopped
  • 1/2 tsp smoked sweet paprika
  • 1/2 tsp cumin
  • salt and freshly ground pepper
  • 10 metal or wooden skewers
For the tzatziki sauce
  • 1 cucumber
  • 2 cloves of garlic minced
  • 1/4 cup of aextra virgin olive oil
  • 500 g of strained yogurt 18 ounces
  • 1-2 tbsps of red wine vinegar
  • pinch aof salt
To serve
  • 10 pita breads
  • olive oil
  • 1 tsp dried oregano
Servings
Ingredients
  • 1 kg lamb leg or shoulder cut into chunks
  • 80 ml olive oil approx. 5-6 tbsps
  • 2 cloves of garlic crushed
  • juice of 1 lemon
  • 2 red onions roughly chopped
  • 1 tsp dried oregano
  • 1 tsp dried thyme or some fresh thyme chopped
  • 1/2 tsp smoked sweet paprika
  • 1/2 tsp cumin
  • salt and freshly ground pepper
  • 10 metal or wooden skewers
For the tzatziki sauce
  • 1 cucumber
  • 2 cloves of garlic minced
  • 1/4 cup of aextra virgin olive oil
  • 500 g of strained yogurt 18 ounces
  • 1-2 tbsps of red wine vinegar
  • pinch aof salt
To serve
  • 10 pita breads
  • olive oil
  • 1 tsp dried oregano
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Instructions
  1. To prepare this Greek lamb souvlaki recipe, cut the meat into equal sized (3 cm) chunks and set aside.
  2. Prepare the marinade for the lamb souvlaki. In a large bowl add the olive oil, garlic, lemon juice, the herbs and spices and season with freshly ground pepper – don’t add salt yet. Whisk all the ingredients to combine. Add the meat and the chopped onions and blend to coat. Cover the bowl with plastic wrap, chill and let marinade for at least 4 hours. It’s best to leave the meat for the lamb souvlaki marinade overnight, to soak up all the wonderful flavours. (If you are at home blend the marinade once in a while).
  3. In the meantime prepare the tzatziki sauce for the lamb souvlaki. Pour in a blender the olive oil and grated garlic and blend until combined. Remove the skin and the seeds of the cucumber and grate it into a large bowl. Season with salt and pepper and leave aside for 10 minutes. Wrap the grated cucumber in a towel and squeeze, in order to get rid of the excess water. In a bowl, add the cucumber, the blended garlic and oil, the yogurt, 1-2 tbsps of red wine vinegar, a pinch of salt and blend, until the ingredients are combined. Store the tzatziki sauce in the fridge and always serve cold.
  4. To assemble the lamb souvlaki (skewers), you can either use wooden or metal skewers. For this lamb souvlaki recipe, you will need about 10 skewers, depending on the size of each lamb souvlaki. If using wooden skewers, cut them to fit your griddle pan and soak them in water. (This will prevent them from burning.) Lift the chunks of lamb out of the marinade and thread the pieces, comfortably, on the skewers. At this point don’t forget to season your lamb souvlaki with salt.
  5. Heat a grill, barbecue or griddle pan and cook the lamb souvlaki for about 10-15 minutes, until cooked to your liking.
  6. While your lamb souvlaki is cooking, prepare the pita breads. Preheat the oven to 220C. Use a cooking brush to lightly oil the pita breads on both sides and season with salt and oregano. Place a large oven tray at the bottom of the oven and place the pita breads on top of the tray. Bake for 2-3 minutes. (Alternatively barbecue the pita breads, until nicely coloured on both sides).
  7. Enjoy this delicious Greek lamb souvlaki recipe with pita bread and tzatziki sauce with a nice refreshing Greek feta salad.
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MIDDLE EASTERN ROAST CHICKEN WITH COUSCOUS

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MIDDLE EASTERN ROAST CHICKEN WITH COUSCOUS
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Course Entree, Main Dish
Cuisine Middle Eastern
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Ingredients
  • 2 tsp ground ginger
  • 1 tbs ground cumin
  • 1 tbs ground coriander
  • 1/3 cup olive oil 80ml
  • 4 chicken marylands or 4 chicken drumsticks and 4 thighs
  • 2 onions sliced into thick rounds
  • 1 in large sweet potato cut3cm wedges
  • 1 garlic bulb halved
  • 2 tbs harissa paste
  • 1 cup Greek-style yoghurt 280g
Couscous
  • 1 cups ½ couscous cooked to packet instructions, 300g
  • leaves ½ bunch coriander chopped, plus extrato serve
  • leaves ½ bunch parsley chopped
  • 100 g dried apricots soaked in warm water then chopped
  • Finely grated zest and juice of 1 lemon
  • cup ¼ extra virgin olive oil 60ml
  • 1/3 cup pistachios chopped, 55g
Course Entree, Main Dish
Cuisine Middle Eastern
Servings
Ingredients
  • 2 tsp ground ginger
  • 1 tbs ground cumin
  • 1 tbs ground coriander
  • 1/3 cup olive oil 80ml
  • 4 chicken marylands or 4 chicken drumsticks and 4 thighs
  • 2 onions sliced into thick rounds
  • 1 in large sweet potato cut3cm wedges
  • 1 garlic bulb halved
  • 2 tbs harissa paste
  • 1 cup Greek-style yoghurt 280g
Couscous
  • 1 cups ½ couscous cooked to packet instructions, 300g
  • leaves ½ bunch coriander chopped, plus extrato serve
  • leaves ½ bunch parsley chopped
  • 100 g dried apricots soaked in warm water then chopped
  • Finely grated zest and juice of 1 lemon
  • cup ¼ extra virgin olive oil 60ml
  • 1/3 cup pistachios chopped, 55g
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Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 180°C. Combine the ginger, cumin, ground coriander, olive oil and 1 tsp each salt and pepper.
  2. Rub over the chicken, onion, sweet potato and garlic, then place all in a lined roasting tray. Place in the oven and cook for 40 minutes or until golden and cooked through.
  3. For the couscous, combine all the ingredients in a bowl and keep warm.
  4. Combine the yoghurt and harissa. Set aside. Remove chicken from the oven and serve with couscous, yoghurt and top with fresh coriander.
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