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Lamb Brochettes with Black Olive and Mint Vinaigrette

Source: FC - Issue 28
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Active Time:  35 Minutes
Total Time:  35 Minutes
  Serves 8
The intense meaty flavor of these brochettes is nicely offset by a dish of boiled fresh new potatoes. If you can't find fresh marjoram, use another fresh herb, like oregano.
For the Vinaigrette:
2 cloves garlic
1 tablespoon capers, rinsed
3 oz. (1/2 cup) kalamata or other good-quality black olives, pitted
3 shallots, thinly sliced
1 tablespoon grainy mustard
1 tablespoon chopped fresh marjoram (optional)
1 tablespoon chopped fresh mint
1/3 cup red wine vinegar; more as needed
1 cup extra-virgin olive oil; more as needed
kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste
For the Brochettes:
4 lb. lamb shoulder or stew meat, cut into pieces of uniform size, about 2-inch cubes
olive oil for brushing
kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
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TO MAKE THE VINAIGRETTE: On a cutting board, mince together the garlic, capers, and olives. Transfer to a mixing bowl. Stir in the shallots, mustard, marjoram, mint, and vinegar. Mix in the olive oil with a fork to make a loose vinaigrette - it does not need to be emulsified. Season with salt and pepper. Taste and add more oil or vinegar if necessary. Set aside. Makes 2 cups vinaigrette.

TO MAKE THE BROCHETTES: Prepare the grill. In a mixing bowl, lightly coat the meat with the olive oil. Season with salt and pepper. Skewer the lamb by folding or shaping each chunk of meat into a rounded cube. Thread three or four pieces on each skewer, leaving the meat near the pointed end rather than the middle of the skewer.

When the grill is hot (you should be able to hold your hand just above the grate for 1 second), use tongs to clean the grate with a lightly oiled paper towel.

Grill the brochettes, keeping the exposed ends of the skewers away from the hottest part of the fire if you’re using bamboo. Turn the brochettes every 2 minutes; some will cook faster than others, so you may need to rotate the skewers to even out the grilling. The lamb is medium-rare when the cubes begin to resist pressure when touched, after about 8 minutes.

Before serving, let the brochettes rest a moment to allow the juices to redistribute. Drizzle liberally with the vinaigrette.

Recipe reprinted by permission of Fine Cooking Magazine. All rights reserved.
Date Added: 01/01/2008
Nutrition Facts per Serving
Yield:   Serves 8
Calories: 621
Fat. Total: 46g
Protein: 45g
Carbohydrates, Total: 4g
Sodium: 307mg
% Cal. from Fat: 67%
Cholesterol: 150mg
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