North African Lamb Kebabs with Cilantro Mint Pesto
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Cuisine: North African
Serves: 4
  • Kebab Ingredients...
  • 1 lb. ground lamb
  • 3 Tbl. grated onion
  • 3 cloves garlic minced
  • 1 tsp. ginger fine grated
  • 1 Tbl. olive oil
  • 1 tsp. cumin
  • 1 tsp. paprika
  • 1 tsp. coriander
  • 1 tsp. kosher salt
  • pinch red pepper flakes
  • 1 Tbl. fresh oregano chopped
  • 2 Tbl. fresh mint chopped
  • 2 Tbl. fresh cilantro chopped
  1. Heat olive oil in skillet over medium heat then add cumin, paprika, coriander, salt, and red pepper flakes stirring constantly until fragrant, about 1 minute.
  2. With hands combine ground lamb with onion, garlic, ginger, chopped fresh herbs, and toasted spices.
  3. When ingredients are well blended form into 4 logs, each approximately 1" wide and 8" long.
  4. Thread onto 4 metal skewers (or pre-soaked bamboo skewers) and press the meat onto skewers.
  5. Transfer to a parchment lined baking sheet and refrigerate for 1 hour before grilling.
  6. Heat grill or grill pan to medium high heat.
  7. Brush kebabs lightly with canola oil and grill until nicely browned, turning once. About 5 minutes per side.
Serve with Cilantro Mint Pesto.
Recipe by Lemony Thyme at