- 2 garlic cloves, finely chopped
- 2 tsp sea salt
- 4 tbsp olive oil
Probably the most widely-used oil in cooking, olive oil is pressed from fresh olives. It's…
- zest and juice 1 lemon
Oval in shape, with a pronouced bulge on one end, lemons are one of the most versatile fruits…
- 1 tbsp finely chopped fresh dill
- 700g lean lamb such as neck fillet or boneless leg, trimmed, then cut into large chunks
A lamb is a sheep that is under 1 year old; between 1 and 2 years old you will find it sold as…
- pitta bread or flatbread, to serve
Pound the garlic with sea salt in a pestle and mortar (or use a small food processor), until the garlic forms a paste. Whisk together the oil, lemon juice, zest, dill and garlic. Mix in the lamb and combine well. Cover and marinate for at least 2 hrs or overnight in the fridge. If you’re going to use bamboo skewers, soak them in cold water.
If you’ve prepared the lamb the previous day, take it out of the fridge 30 mins before cooking. Thread the meat onto the soaked or metal skewers. Heat the grill to high or have a hot griddle pan or barbecue ready. Cook the skewers for 2-3 mins on each side, basting with the remaining marinade. Heat the pitta or flatbreads briefly, then stuff with the souvlaki. Add Greek salad (see 'Goes well with', right) and Tzatziki (below), if you like.
TzatzikiCombine a 250g pot Greek yogurt; ½ a cucumber, peeled, deseeded, then coarsely grated; 1 garlic clove, crushed; 3 tbsp chopped dill; 2 tsp white wine vinegar; a pinch of sugar and some salt in a bowl and mix well. Chill for 1 hr if time permits. For a twist, try adding chopped mint instead of the dill.