Wednesday, April 22, 2009

Nuria's Lamb Brochettes

Inspired by Nuria from Spanish Recipes I thought her lamb skewers for the BBQ looked just mouth watering. The next thing I knew I was at the meat counter buying lamb and the rest is history. In our family there's no such thing as moderation when it comes to backyard barbeque so in addition to the lamb we threw in some chicken just to make sure nobody went hungry and you just never really know when another 15 people might just happen upon your doorstep.

nope...not done yet

Pathetic, don't you think? There were only 6 of us for dinner. This obsession as Psychgrad once said is totally baba's doing. During WWII when they had next to nothing to eat she swore her family would never go hungry. She lived by her promise... and then some.

Lamb Brochettes

Ingredients for 4 servings: 600 grs of lamb cut in dices (ask your butcher for a tender piece), 2 garlic cloves, 1 cup of red wine, 1 cup of water, 1 cup of extra virgin olive oil, 1 tablespoon of sweet red ground paprika, 1 teaspoon of hot red ground paprika, 1 teaspoon of dry oregano, 1 bay leave, 1 tablespoon of cumin seeds, salt and black ground pepper. One red pepper and one green pepper.
• Peel the garlic cloves and chop thinly. Place in a big bowl together with the wine, water, olive oil, the paprika, oregano, chopped bay leave, cumin and pepper. Mix well.
• Clean the lamb meat and take the fat away, cut in dices and place inside the bowl. Let marinate for at least 4 hours. I had mine in the fridge overnight and cooked the next day. Meat will be more tender the longer it marinates.
• If you use wooden sticks, have them soaking in water so that they don't burn when you cook the skewers.
• Insert lamb dices and red/green peppers with the stick.
• Cook in your barbecue or in the griddle or grill in your oven until they get golden. While cooking, pour some of the marinating liquid on top and turn so that they get all done.

Verdict: Incredible flavour and the aroma from the marinating sauce is wonderful.

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Valerie Harrison (bellini) said...

The lamb looks absolutely delicious. What I wouldn't give to be a member of the Equal Opportunity family and attend these ultimate barbeques.

Valerie Harrison (bellini) said...

PS Thank you so much for the award. I am so happy you thought of me:D

What's Cookin Chicago said...

This looks so delicious and reminds me how much I really like lamb dishes!

kat said...

OMG that is one packed bbq!

Anonymous said...

Oh Giz! You are a sweety. Thanks for giving me this award and congrats on receiving it!
Dinner looks great, especially those potatoes.

FOODalogue said...

Your family eats like my family! Or, at least, prepares dinner the same way...always more than enough. In fact, too much!

Thanks for the 'adorable' award. I'm in such good company!

NĂºria said...

Ha, ha, ha!!! You did them! I'm so happy you enjoyed the skewers and that you posted about them :D. Wow, it feels super :D

Thanks so much for the award! You are a sweetheart and so is Psychgrad♥

Barbeques are always a Feast!!!

Steph said...

Thanks for the award! We're like that with BBQ's too.. always way too much food and then end up with leftovers for the week. I love BBQ and all, but after a few days of it, it gets a little too much...haha.

Btw.. how are the cupcakes and frosting going? My personal favourite is SMBC, but I'm not sure if it will hold up in the heat. The best recipe for SMBC so that it doesn' taste like a stick of butter is from Cassie It's really soft though, but soo smooth and creamy!

giz said...

Steph - I'm thinking that the shortening based icing will hold up the best in hot temps although I admit I do have some aversion to using shortening. Thanks for the info.

Gloria Chadwick said...

Your BBQ looks really delicious. Congrats on your awards. :)

Melissa said...

They look great and coincidentally, I told Steve I would try lamb again and the first thing I thought to do was skewers, after my seafood skewering success last week on my grill pan. Thanks for the reminder to do it because he's craving lamb!

And kudos on both awards. ;)

Heather S-G said...

Yay! Thank you so much for the adorable blog award...I luv it! And I love this packed BBQ...wish i was there!

Dewi said...

Oh I love love love lamb, this lamb brochettes sound so delish.

Anonymous said...

Lamb Brochettes look amazing! Yum!

Bunny said...

You had enough to feed me, no call?? I wanna come to one of your bbq's, you eat good!!!

Karen said...

I love lamb. Can't wait to get outside and use our grill this summer!

Dragon said...

These brochettes look delicious!

Jude said...

Wish I had that grill in my backyard. Can't wait to get to my first backyard party :)

Cindystar said...

Oh Giz, thank you so much for the award! I admit it's my first one in English, I am honored!
Unfortunately, I don't like very much lamb meat, but we all adore BBQ and it's often my husband and boys'cookwork on Sundays!

grace said...

thanks for the award! when can i expect the traveling pants in the mail? :)
meanwhile, i think anything you pierce with a stick and pop onto the grill automatically becomes about nine times better, so i love this recipe. :)

Dharm said...

Oh Wow! All I can say to this lamb and chicken is Oh Baby Baby!!!

Cynthia said...

That lambs rather succulent.

glamah16 said...

Now thats a BBQ!

elly said...

The skewers look fantastic! Mm, I love lamb. My family is notorious for overdoing it (and overeating, of course). I think we would have probably made 2x what you have on the grill. lol.

Peter M said...

I remember Nuria's Pinchos well...the marinade combo sounds wonderful and I use some of those ingredients as well.

Great looking array of grilled food...fill'er up...always plenty at the EO-Kitchen.