Middle Eastern Lamb Skewers
- TOTAL TIME: 30 MIN Plus 6 hr marinating
- SERVINGS: 4
- 1 medium onion, quartered
- 1 peeled garlic clove
- 4 flat-leaf parsley sprigs
- 1/2 teaspoon finely grated lemon zest
- 3 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
- 1 teaspoon ground allspice
- 1 tablespoon kosher salt
- Pinch of saffron threads
- 1 1/4 pounds trimmed lamb loin, cut into 1-inch cubes
- 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
- Warm pita and Greek-style plain yogurt for serving
- In a blender, combine the onion, garlic, parsley sprigs, lemon zest, lemon juice, allspice, salt and saffron and puree until smooth. Transfer the marinade to a resealable plastic bag, add the cubed lamb and turn to coat. Seal the bag, pressing out any air. Refrigerate the lamb for at least 6 hours or preferably overnight.
- Light a grill or preheat a grill pan. Drain the lamb, shaking off the excess marinade. Thread the lamb onto 4 long skewers, leaving a bit of room between the cubes. Brush the lamb with the oil and grill over high heat, turning occasionally, until lightly charred, about 5 minutes for medium-rare meat. Serve the lamb skewers with warm pita and yogurt.
Lamb and Shiraz are a classic match, partly because many good Australian Shirazes have a meaty spiciness that complements lamb. The origin of the word Shirazfrom the similarly named city in Iranalso makes for a nice affinity between the wine and this Middle Eastern–inspired dish (though the grape itself is actually from France's Rhône valley).
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