Now that it's summer everyone is starting to barbeque. American barbeque is very tasty, but can also be very fattening with high sugar and fat content. Try this simple Greek marinade for an incredible barbeque experience. You can also really impress your friends with this one, and it’s so easy!
Easy Kebabs (Souvlaki)
Souvlaki or Souvlakia are grilled, marinated lamb kebabs that are a delicacy in Greece. As you get more comfortable making them, you can vary the amounts of each ingredient, until you have the perfect kebab for your taste. This recipe takes only minutes to prepare and whomever you serve it to will be thoroughly impressed!
1 lb of lamb leg steak or beef steak such as round
wooden or bamboo skewers
juice of 1 lemon
1 cup of olive oil
1/2 cup of red wine or wine vinegar
2 to 3 cloves of garlic crushed
2 bay leaves crushed into little pieces
large bunch of fresh oregano (or 2 teaspoon of dried)
1 teaspoon of dried rosemary
salt and pepper to taste
Trim the meat of any fat and cut into small cubes (you can ask your butcher to do this for you) and carefully thread meat onto approximately 8 skewers. Peel and mince the garlic, juice the lemon straining out any pips and finely chop the fresh oregano. In a bowl place the lemon juice, garlic, olive oil, oregano, wine or wine vinegar and salt and freshly milled black pepper to taste.
Place the kebabs in a shallow flat dish and pour the marinade over them. Cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate for several hours or overnight.
Preheat your grill or barbeque. Place the skewers over a medium heat and cook for around 4 minutes each side for medium rare (cook to temperature accordingly), brush with extra marinade and turn once.
Note: Chicken can also be used in this marinade.