• 1/2 pound of ground lamb
  • 1/2 pound shrimp (shelled, and cleaned)
  • 4 cloves of garlic
  • 1/2 red onion
  • 1/2 tsp cumin
  • 1 chili pepper
  • a handful of cilantro, about 1/4 cup chopped
  • 1/4 cup good olive oil
  • pinch of salt and pepper

my neighbors are real foodies, like us. we share recipes and food all the time. last weekend we saw him jumping up and down trying to get our attention. e went outside to see what was going on only to find him with a plate of those babies (look up). they were brought inside and while i was making dinner we snacked.

at first i had no idea what they were. i looked at them real quickly (i was cooking) and thought, oh, lamb chops. e gave me a bite and i was confused. i looked again and realized, those are not lamb chops. what is that? e went on to tell me it was chopped lamb but i noticed something else. shrimp? i went outside and asked what i was eating. he laughed and ran the recipe by me.

not two days later i was looking through the new issue of bon appetit. there it was, the recipe. now that i had a recipe to work from, i ran to the store and grabbed some chopped lamb and some shrimp. it was the ultimate surf and turf. i made a couple changes and also froze half of it to cook up quick on a busy day. if you love lamp you must try this. if you don’t have a bbq, the oven would work fine, or even a grill pan.

lamb and shrimp kabobs     adapted from bon appetit

just a note on the lamb:  if you find ground lamb, your set. i could not, so i asked the guy behind the meat counter if he had any or had anything he could ground for me. if you can’t find either, but you can locate lamb cubes (like you would use for regular kabobs or stew) you could use those and process them in your food processor.

what you will need to prepare: wooden skewers, we used craft sticks :-) i thought the kabob skewers i had were to thin and i was right. it would of never stuck to it. the meat needs something to grab onto. craft sticks or ice pop sticks work great. just soak them in water while you are prepping.

  1. to a bowl, add your lamb.
  2. in a food processor, process the following ingredients: garlic, onion, cumin, chili pepper, cilantro, olive oil
  3. add to bowl with lamb.
  4. to the food processor add your cleaned and shelled shrimp. pulse 3-4 times until shrimp is chopped/minced. big chunks are fine, i had some, but i tried to keep it all the same size. add to bowl and combine all with your hands.
  5. when ready to eat, make meatball like shapes and insert your stick in the middle. carefully, flatten out the meat a little to wrap around the stick and make uniform so it all cooks evenly (see above).
  6. brush your kabobs with a touch of olive oil and grill 6-7 minutes on each side.

i prepared this earlier in the day. i wanted to let the flavors come together.


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