I love love love love middle eastern cuisine. I have yet to meet a bowl of hummus I didn't like.
Same goes for Falafel. Yum!
And gyros, and shawarma, and anything with lamb in it.
Except maybe lamb ice cream.
Speaking of lamb:
Grab a pound of ground lamb and add egg, plenty of garlic, and a shallot along with salt and pepper.
Make a delicious gourmet glaze - ketchup, balsamic vinegar, and brown sugar. Amen.
Bring it to a simmer, stirring until sugar has melted.
Shape your ground lamb mixture into long log shapes. Slide a skewer through the middle of them. If you're using wooden skewers like me, click here to save them from becoming burned.
Brush the yummy glaze over the top.
Roast in an oven preheated to 375.
Until they are cooked through and looking fantastic.
But! If you want to make them truly fantastic, top them with a garlic sauce.
Lamb needs garlic. Lots of it. The right amount of garlic gets rid of that super gamey taste and somehow brings out all the best parts of the lamb.
Uh, I need some more of these. Pronto.
If you don't have skewers, you could always transform these into meatballs or burgers. Oooh...they would make fantastic burgers. Best. idea. ever.
Lamb Kebabs with Garlic Sauce
1 lb. ground lamb
1 shallot, minced
2 large cloves of garlic, minced
2 tsp. dried marjoram
1/2 c. ketchup
1/3 c. brown sugar
4 tbsp. balsamic vinegar dressing
1 single-serve container of plain greek yogurt, room temperature
3-4 cloves garlic, grated finely on a zester
pinch chili powder
salt and pepper
In a bowl, mix together kebab ingredients until well-combined. In a saucepan, combine glaze ingredients; bring to a simmer. Stir and maintain heat until the brown sugar has dissolved.
Form lamb mixture into log shapes, about 1" thickness; skewer. Brush glaze over each kebab. Place kebabs on a baking sheet lined with foil.
Roast kebabs at 375 until cooked through, just barely pink inside (about 15-20 minutes). Meanwhile, in another bowl, combine garlic sauce ingredients.
Serve kebabs piping hot with the garlic sauce drizzled over the top. Enjoy!