In collaboration with Tasty, Easy Lamb.
Every now and again the sun comes out in Shetland and it’s all systems go to make the most out of it while it lasts. I confess I don’t live on this wild and remote island archipelago for its Mediterranean-style weather. Most of the time it’s windy and overcast, but when the sun comes out and that wind dies down we are reminded of why we choose to call these islands home.
These lamb souvlaki skewers were created for such occasions. We’ve got a rather nifty BBQ (picked up on offer at our local supermarket last summer) which can relocate to the nearest sandy beach, no problem, and these skewers are super easy to prep and assemble on site, unlike many BBQ recipes.
First, you need to make your marinade and coat your cubed lamb shoulder with it. Ideally, it should be left overnight to marinade in the fridge, but if you’re planning a BBQ later on in the afternoon prepping it by midday would be sufficient.
Cut your red pepper into bite sized pieces and pop them into a container, and quarter your red onions, leaving them unpeeled and keeping the roots on to hold them together. This makes it a lot easier to halve the onion segments and add them to the skewer when assembling at the beach.
Don’t forget to soak your skewers for at least twenty minutes too, so they don’t burn, and bring a serving tray to lay your assembled skewers on. Brush any remaining marinade over the onion and red pepper and get cooking!
Lamb skewers take between 12-16 minutes to cook, and remember to turn them frequently so that they don’t burn.
Serve your lamb skewers once they’ve rested for five minutes after cooking with some flatbread, salad and a dollop of plain natural yoghurt. You could, if you want, prepare a yoghurt garlic dip by adding a few finely chopped garlic cloves to the yoghurt, but for portability issues, it’s just easy enough to pick up a small tub of yoghurt and keep it in a chiller until needed.
Ready made flatbreads work just fine if you’re short of time, but I do have a rather fantastic recipe for flatbreads in my East Coast Style Donair Kebab recipe if you fancy making your own. It’s definitely worth the effort to make your own.
The perfect beach dinner, no? What’s your favourite beach BBQ recipe? Let me know in the comments!
BBQ Lamb Souvlaki Skewers
- 1 kg lamb shoulder cubed
- 6 tbsp olive oil
- 4 garlic cloves finely chopped
- 1 lemon juice only
- 0.5 tsp dried oregano
- 1 tsp smoked paprika
- 0.5 tsp whole cumin seeds coarsely ground
- 0.5 tsp coriander seeds coarsely ground
- 0.5 tsp freshly ground black pepper
- 2 red bell peppers cut into 1.5 inch pieces
- 3 red onions quartered
- 12 wooden skewers soaked in water 20 minutes
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- Combine the olive oil, garlic, lemon juice and spices in a bowl and add the cubed lamb shoulder. Coat the lamb well, cover and leave to marinade for as long as you can, ideally overnight, but at least for four hours.
- To assemble the skewers alternate the cubed, marinated lamb (3-4 pieces per skewer) with red bell pepper and half of a quartered onion (about 3 layers). Arrange on a platter until ready to cook, brushing any remaining marinade over the skewers.
- BBQ for 12-16 minutes, turning frequently until cooked to the desired doneness. Leave the skewers to rest for five minutes before eating.
- Serve with flatbread, salad and plain natural yogurt, if desired.
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