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Lamb Kebabs with Pistachios and Tzatziki

This Lamb Kebab Recipe is made with Pistachios, Tzatziki, and wrapped in a pita with french fries and veggies; it is inspired by my many trips to Europe.  While traveling throughout Europe, on any given night, after leaving the club or pub I would head to the nearest street meat stand to pick up a Döner kebab or Lamb Gyro, with assorted toppings, and always wrapped with fries.  What a perfect way to cap off a night out!

Lamb Kebabs with Pistachios and Tzatziki

Lamb Kebabs with Pistachios and Tzatziki

One of my favorite places to grab a Gyro was at Lucky’s Souvlakis on the island of Santorini, Greece.  And this Lamb Kebab Recipe contains some of my favorite elements of Lucky’s Souvlakis – fresh lamb, tzatziki, lettuce, tomatoes, and of course, french fries! Read more for the complete recipe and HD cooking video.

Lamb Kebab Recipe

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Preparation time: 20 minutes

Cooking Time: 7-10 minutes per kebab

Makes: 6-8 kebabs

Lamb Kebab Ingredients:

  • 2 lb or 1 kg of fresh ground lamb
  • 4 sprigs of fresh thyme
  • 3 sprigs of fresh rosemary
  • 3 sprigs of fresh oregano
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons of cumin powder
  • 1/2 tablespoon of chili powder (more if spicy kebabs are desired)
  • 1 cup of pistachios, shells removed and finely chopped
  • 2-3 tablespoons of capers, chopped
  • 3 tablespoons of olive oil
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 6-8 wooden or metal shish kebab skewers
  • 6-8 pita flatbreads
  • 1 head of romaine lettuce
  • 2-3 tomatoes, diced into 1/2″ (1 cm) cubes
  • 1 red onion, thinly sliced
  • 2 servings of French Fries (to place inside the pita)
  • 1 cup of tzatziki (recipe follows below)

Lamb Kebab Directions:

  1. Allow the ground lamb to come to room temperature before preparing it for cooking
  2. Remove and discard the stalks from the herbs.  Finely chop the herbs and add them to the ground lamb.  Add the spices, pistachios, and capers, and add the to the ground lamb. Drizzle the olive oil over the ground lamb, and add salt and pepper.  Mix well to fully incorporate these ingredients with the ground lamb
  3. Taking a handful of ground lamb, role it into a cylinder and skewer it with the wooden or medal shish kebab skewer.  Roll out on a cutting board to ensure it’s the same thickness throughout to ensure even cooking.  Repeat until all of the ground lamb is skewered on shish kebab sticks
  4. Using a hot frying pan or grill, cook the ground lamb for 7-10 minutes, turning over every couple of minutes to ensure that each side of the lamb kebab is well browned.  Remove the kebab from heat and let rest for 5 minutes before serving
  5. To serve, slide the lamb meat off the skewer and onto a pita.  Top with lettuce, tomato, onion, a handful of French fries, and lots of tzatziki!
  6. Sprinkle with salt and pepper to taste

Tzatziki Ingredients:

  • 1 English cucumber, peeled, grated and strained of all liquid
  • 2 cups of plain yogurt
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 lemon, juiced
  • 2 tablespoon chopped fresh dill
  • 1 clove of garlic, peeled, and minced
  • Salt and pepper to taste

Tzatziki Recipe

  1. To make the Tzatziki, peal the cucumber and grate it into a large salad bowl using a grater.  You’ll be left with a cucumber ‘pulp’ which will contain mostly water.  Strain out and discard the water.  You’ll be left with the cucumber for the Tzatziki
  2. Add the yogurt, olive oil, lemon juice, dill, garlic, salt and pepper to the cucumber pulp, and mix well.  Taste and adjust seasoning.
Gyros at Lucky's Souvlaki in Santorini, Greece

Gyros at Lucky's Souvlaki in Santorini, Greece

The main difference between my Lamb Kebab Recipe and a true Gyro or Döner kebab is that Gyros and Döner kebabs are made by taking shaving pieces of meat which are broiled on a tall vertical spit, which turns in front of a heat source.  Since I don’t have a setup like this at home (yet :) ) my kebabs are made by taking a shish kebab stick, and forming the seasoned and flavored ground lamb around the kebab, then grilling or frying the meat. The result is very much like the street meat experience I mention above.

Enjoy with your favorite pint.

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One Response to “Lamb Kebabs with Pistachios and Tzatziki”

  1. Patrick says:

    Love the recipe. The French fries do give kebabs a special twist. Keep up the good work.

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