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Spring has sprung and summer isn’t far away, so if you’re keen on sourcing some delicious food for alfresco dining, look no further than this lamb kebab dish from chef Peter Gordon.
Made with tasty lamb and red peppers, which are perfectly cooked on the barbie, this dish is perfectly finished off with a minted potato salad and lemon feta dressing.
The good thing is that these kebabs can be made outside on the barbecue or inside if the rainy weather rears its ugly head – so you can enjoy them even if it’s miserable outside!
Peter is renowned for his unique fusion cooking style, mixing flavours from Asia through to the Middle East, the Mediterranean and Europe, along with his native New Zealand, perfectly displayed in this tasty dish.
Ingredients for 8-10 kebabs (feeds 4):
• 8-10 wooden skewers 20cm long, although you can also use metal ones
• 800g boneless New Zealand Lamb neck fillets
• 1 Tablespoon rosemary leaves, chopped
• 4 cloves garlic, peeled and chopped / crushed
• 75ml (5 Tablespoons) olive oil
• 2 red peppers
• 600g salad potatoes (smaller waxy ones are best)
• ½ teaspoon grated lemon zest
• 2 spring onions, thinly sliced
• A handful of mint leaves, shredded
• 50g feta, crumbled
• 1 ½ Tablespoons lemon juice
• 2 handfuls salad leaves
1. Soak the skewers in warm water for at least an hour – it helps prevent them catching fire on a barbecue..
2. Cut the lamb into 1cm thick pieces and place in a bowl.
3. Add the rosemary, garlic and half the olive oil to the bowl and season with plenty of freshly milled black pepper and salt. Toss well, cover with cling-film and leave at room temperature for 20 minutes.
4. Cut the peppers in quarters vertically and remove the core and seeds, then cut each quarter into 4.
5. Boil the potatoes in lightly salted water till cooked, then drain and leave to cool.
6. Thread the lamb and pepper pieces onto the skewers and drizzle with the marinade.
7. Heat up the barbecue, or a griddle pan (turn your extraction on) and cook the kebabs for a minute on each side (4 sides) and check to see if cooked – they may need a little longer. Ideally cook no more than medium.
8. Meanwhile, cut the potatoes into quarters and toss with the lemon zest, spring onions, mint and half the remaining oil. Toss and season with salt and pepper.
9. Mix the remaining oil with the feta and lemon juice.
10. To serve: place the salad leaves and potato salad on the plate, sit 2 kebabs on top of the potato salad and drizzle with the feta dressing.