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Prep 25 mins
Cook 15 mins
This recipe I first found on Foodnetwork.com and misplaced it and today came across it in the The Province Newspaper. I love trying new recipes and this was a good recipe for lamb. Sumac is a reddish spice from Middle East that is slightly sour , lemony taste. Look for bags of it ( usually ground ) at Middle Eastern grocery stores and I have found in Real Canadian Superstore. If you can't find it substitute finely grated zest of one lemon.
- 1 lb lamb shoulder, trimmed or 1 lb lamb fillet, cut into 1-inch chunks
- 2 tablespoons fresh thyme leaves
- 1 tablespoon ground red chili pepper
- 1 tablespoon ground cumin
- 4 tablespoons sumac
- 1 teaspoon sea salt
- 1 teaspoon fresh ground black pepper
- 1⁄2 cup unsalted shelled pistachio
- 4 skewers
- 4 cups mixed greens, such as romaine, endive and arugula, shredded
- 1⁄3 cup fresh mint leaves
- 1 small red onion, peeled and finely sliced
- 1 lemon
- 1⁄2 cup fresh flat-leaf parsley
- 1 -2 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
- 4 large flat bread or 4 large flour tortillas
- 4 tablespoons plain yogurt
- If your using bamboo skewers, soak them in cold water while you prepare the meat. Place lamb in a food processor with thyme, chili, cumin, sumac, (reserving a little of each for sprinkling over later), a little salt and pepper and all the pistachios, put lid on and keep pulsing until mixture looks like ground meat.
- Divide the meat into four equal pieces and, with damp hands, push and shape the meat around and along the skewer. Place little indents in the meat with your fingers as you go-this will give it a better texture when cooking.
- In a bowl, mix greens and mint. In another, combine the sliced onions with a pinch of salt and pepper and a squeeze of lemon juice. Mix well, then stir in the parsley.
- Grill the kebabs until golden on all sides. Dress the greens and mint with a splash of olive oil, a squeeze of lemon juice and salt and pepper.
- Meanwhile, warm flatbreads for 30 seconds on your griddle pan or under broiler, then divide between plates and top each with some dressed salad leaves and onions.
- When your kebabs are cooked, slip them off their skewers onto flatbreads. Sprinkle with the rest of sumac,chili,cumin,fresh thyme and a little salt and pepper. Drizzle with yogurt before rolling up and serving.