Lamb Skewers with Salsa Verde

Chef Way Seamus Mullen marinates leg-of-lamb pieces in a mix of more than 10 ingredients (including saffron and Spanish paprika), many of which he also uses to make the accompanying salsa verde.

Easy Way Save a step and marinate the lamb in a bit of the salsa verde.


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  • 1/4 cup packed mint leaves
  • 1/4 cup packed flat-leaf parsley leaves
  • 1/4 cup snipped chives
  • 2 tablespoons very finely chopped shallot
  • 1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
  • 1 tablespoon sherry vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon crushed red pepper
  • Salt
  • 3/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons smoked sweet paprika
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1 1/2 pounds leg of lamb, cut into 1-inch pieces

How to make this recipe

  1. In a food processor, combine the mint, parsley and chives with the shallot, lemon juice, sherry vinegar, crushed red pepper and a pinch of salt and process until finely chopped. Add the olive oil and process the salsa verde until smooth.

  2. Transfer half of the salsa verde to a small bowl. Transfer the remaining salsa verde to another bowl and stir in the paprika and cumin. Add the lamb pieces and turn to coat thoroughly. Thread the lamb onto 8 long skewers and refrigerate for at least 2 hours or up to 24 hours.

  3. Light a grill or preheat a grill pan. Grill the lamb skewers over high heat, turning them occasionally, until the lamb is lightly charred in spots, about 6 minutes for medium meat. Serve the lamb skewers with the salsa verde.

Make Ahead

The salsa verde can be covered and refrigerated overnight.

Suggested Pairing

Serve with a rich Grenache.

Contributed By Photo © Kana Okada Published October 2009

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