Lamb Kefta (Lebanese Lamb Kabobs) Print Email

1 small onion, finely chopped
1/2 cup soft bread crumbs
4 cloves garlic, minced
2 tablespoons snipped fresh parsley
1 tablespoons snipped fresh cilantro
2 teaspoons snipped fresh oregano
2 teaspoons snipped fresh mint
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon crushed red pepper (optional)
2 eggs, beaten
1-1/2 pound ground lamb
1/2 of a small peeled and seeded cucumber (optional)
3/4 cup plain yogurt (optional)
Thinly sliced cucumber (optional)
Salt and pepper (optional)

1. Combine onion; bread crumbs; garlic; parsley; cilantro; oregano; mint; 1/2 teaspoon cumin; cinnamon; crushed red pepper, if desired; and eggs in a large mixing bowl. Add lamb; mix well. Divide mixture into 8 portions. Shape each portion around a metal skewer, forming a log that is 6 inches long and about 1 inch wide.

2. Place skewers on the rack of the grill directly over medium heat. Grill lamb skewers for 10 to 12 minutes or until an instant-read thermometer inserted into the meat registers 160 degree F, turning once.

3. In a small bowl, stir together cucumber and yogurt, if desired. Season to taste with salt and pepper, if desired. Serve with Cucumber Yogurt Sauce, sliced cucumber, and grilled lemon wedges, if desired. Makes 4 servings.

Tip: For grilled lemon wedges,cut a lemon into 8 wedges. Place on the grill rack next to the skewers that last 2 to 3 minutes of grilling, turning to brown evenly. - Better Homes and Gardens

Nutritional facts per serving
calories: 397, total fat: 26g, saturated fat: 10g, cholesterol: 220mg, sodium: 451mg, carbohydrate: 6g, fiber: 1g, protein: 33g, vitamin C: 9%, calcium: 6%, iron: 17%