Greek Lamb Souvlaki with avocado tzatziki

INGREDIENTS

LAMB SKEWERS

  • 1 1/2 pounds lamb cut into 1 inch pieces
  • 1/4 cup lemon juice
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 4 cloves garlic minced or grated
  • 2 tablespoons fresh oregano chopped
  • 1 tablespoon smoked paprika
  • 1 teaspoon salt + pepper

OREGANO POTATOES

  • 1 1/2 pounds potatoes
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • salt + pepper to taste
  • 1-2 tablespoons fresh oregano chopped

AVOCADO TZATZIKI

  • 1 cup plain full-fat Greek yogurt
  • 1 clove garlic minced or grated
  • 1 tablespoon fresh dill chopped
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • juice of half a lemon
  • salt + pepper to taste
  • 1 ripe but firm avocado, diced
  • pinch of crushed red pepper flakes

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FOR THE PLATES

  • hummus + pita
  • feta cheese
  • fresh mint + dill
  • cucumbers + pickled red onions + tomatoes

INSTRUCTIONS

LAMB SKEWERS

  1. In a large gallon size zip-top bag, combine the ingredients for the lamb and toss to combine. Seal and chill at least 1 hour or up to 12 hours.
  2. Meanwhile, preheat the oven to 425 degrees F.
  3. Place the potatoes on a large baking sheet and drizzle with olive oil, salt + pepper. Gently toss with your hands or two spatulas to evenly coat. Bake for 15-20 minutes, then flip and bake for 15-20 minutes more. During the last 5 minutes of cooking, add the oregano and toss well. You want the potatoes to be tender, but crisp on the outside.
  4. Set your grill, grill pan or skillet to medium-high heat. Thread lamb pieces onto skewers. Discard marinade.
  5. Grill lamb until lightly charred and cooked to your liking, turning skewers occasionally throughout cooking, about 8 to 10 minutes total. Cooking time will vary depending on the thickness of your lamb and your desired doneness. Transfer skewers to plate.
  6. To assemble the plates, add a couple lamb skewers and potatoes to each plate. Serve with cucumbers, pickled red onions, feta cheese, hummus and avocado tzatziki (recipe below). EAT!

AVOCADO TZATZIKI

  1. Combine all the ingredients except the avocado in a bowl and mix well. If not serving right away, keep covered in the fridge. When ready to serve, stir in the avocado. The Tzatziki will keep 2-3 days in the fridge. My avocado stayed pretty green due to the lemon juice
prep time 15 minutes . cook time 45 minutes . total time 1 hour