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Grilled Lamb and Red Onion Skewers


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  • Servings: 4

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  • 1 1/4 pounds boneless leg of lamb, trimmed and cut into 1-inch cubes
  • 5 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • Salt and freshly ground pepper
  • 1 small red onion, cut into 1-inch pieces
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • 1 tablespoon balsamic vinegar
  • 2 medium beefsteak tomatoes, cut into wedges
  • 1 tablespoon finely chopped basil
  • Four 1-inch slices of peasant bread
  • 1/4 cup black olive tapenade


  1. Light a grill or preheat a large cast-iron grill pan. In a medium bowl, toss the lamb with 1 tablespoon of the olive oil and season with salt and pepper. Alternate the lamb on four 12-inch skewers with pieces of red onion.
  2. In another bowl, combine the garlic with the balsamic vinegar and 3 tablespoons of the olive oil. Add the tomatoes and basil, season with salt and pepper and toss well.
  3. Brush the bread on both sides with the remaining 1 tablespoon of oil. Grill, turning once, until toasted, about 2 minutes per side. Spread about 2 teaspoons of the tapenade on each toast. Grill the lamb until browned all over, 7 to 8 minutes for medium rare meat. Spread the remaining tapenade on the lamb.
  4. Spoon the tomato salad onto large plates. Add a lamb skewer and a tapenade toast to each and serve.

Suggested Pairing

The rich lamb will stand up to and mellow a Cabernet Sauvignon's tannin. Opt for one from Argentina.

Contributed By Photo © Antonis Achilleos Published October 2001

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