Lamb Kabob with Mint Pesto

Total Time:
4 hr 45 min
Prep:
40 min
Inactive:
4 hr
Cook:
5 min

Yield:
16 mini kabobs
Level:
Intermediate

Ingredients
  • 1/2 cup extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1/2 cup lemon juice
  • 1/4 cup honey
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1/2 small onion, minced
  • 1/4 cup minced mint leaves
  • 1/4 cup minced parsley leaves
  • 1 teaspoon minced rosemary leaves
  • 1 teaspoon minced oregano leaves
  • 2 pounds boneless lamb leg or shoulder, cleaned and cut into 1 1/2 -inch cubes, makes about 32 pieces
  • 16 (8-inch skewers) *see cook's note
  • 16 pear or cherry tomatoes
  • 16 pearl onions, peeled
  • 1 large green pepper, cored, seeded, cut into 1-inch squares (at least 16 pieces)
  • 16 small button mushrooms
  • Salt
  • Freshly ground black pepper
  • Mint Pesto, recipe follows
  • Mint Pesto:
  • 1/2 cup fresh mint leaves
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • Pinch kosher salt
  • 2 tablespoons white wine vinegar
  • Freshly ground black pepper
  • 3/4 cup olive oil
Directions

In a non-reactive bowl, combine the olive oil, lemon juice, honey, garlic, onion, mint, parsley, rosemary, and oregano. Add the lamb and toss to coat well. Marinate in the refrigerator for at least 4 hours.

Preheat the grill or a grill pan on high.

On each skewer, thread a tomato, meat, onion, pepper, meat and mushroom. Repeat until you have 16 prepared skewers. Season the skewers with salt and pepper. Grill to desired doneness, about 3 to 5 minutes per side for medium to medium-rare. Serve with the Mint Pesto.

*Cook's Note: if using wooden skewers, be sure to soak them in water for at least 30 minutes before placing on the grill.

Mint Pesto:

Combine all of the ingredients except for the oil in the blender. Pulse until well pureed. With the blender running on low, slowly drizzle in the olive oil. Taste, and adjust seasonings.


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