Turkish Lamb Kebab

  • ~ 1 1/2 lbs lamb leg fillet, cubed
  • 1 lemon
  • 1 onion, finely diced
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 1/2 tsp cayenne pepper
  • 1 tsp dried thyme
  • 1/2 tsp dried mint, or 1 tsp fresh mint
  • 3 Tbs olive oil
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • Oil for grill
  1.  In a bowl add the olive oil, and zest the lemon into the bowl.  
  2. Add onion, garlic, bay leaves, cayenne pepper, thyme, mint, and pepper.
  3. Mix the lamb cubes in and marinate for at least four hours, or overnight.
  4. Heat the oven to 350°F.  Put the lamb cubes on bamboo skewers.  Also heat a grill pan and brush with oil, or the grill and place kebabs on until grill marks develop on all sides, and then transfer to oven for about 8 minutes to finish cooking.  
  5. Serve with rice pilaf.
  • Soak bamboo skewers overnight so they don't char when grilled.
  • If you choose to use a grill, you can cook the lamb the whole time on the grill and eliminate the oven step.
Yields 4-6 servings

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