Lemony all-aussie lamb kebabs

Serves 4 people

The great thing about rules is that they’re made for breaking. I usually say that there are only three things you never add to a marinade: salt, sugar and acids. All three of these things will cook the meat. But for this recipe, we actually want to firm up the meat a little, so it gets that traditional shashlick texture.

  • 800g lamb leg, diced 2cm pieces
  • finely grated zest and juice of 3 lemons
  • ¼ cup extra virgin olive oil
  • 2 tsp dried rosemary
  • 2 tsp dried thyme
  • 2 tsp caster sugar
  • salt flakes and freshly-milled black pepper
  • 1 green capsicum, diced in 2cm pieces
  • 1 red capsicum, diced in 2cm pieces
  • 16 button mushrooms
  • 4 rashers bacon, cut into 5cm lengths
  • tabouleh salad, to serve

1 Combine the lamb, zest, juice, oil, dried herbs and caster sugar in a large bowl, then cover and set aside for 30 minutes to marinate.

2 Drain the lamb and reserve the marinade. Thread the lamb pieces onto metal skewers, alternating with capsicum pieces, mushrooms, and folded pieces of bacon.

3 Sprinkle the kebabs with cooking oil spray and cook on a barbecue preheated to moderate, basting with the reserved marinade, for 10 minutes, until well-browned, then serve with tabouleh salad.