How to prepare Lamb Skewers on the grill ?
Preparation time: 15 mins
Cooking time: 20 mins
- 8 long rosemary sticks or 12-16 shorter ones
- 3 garlic cloves, chopped
- Extra-virgin olive oil
- 20 pancetta
- Slices or streaky bacon rashers, halved
- 40 fresh sage leaves
- 1 large leg of lamb (about 2¼kg/5lb), boned, trimmed of fat and cut into 3cm cubes
- To serve - thick slices of bread, 1 garlic clove, peeled, lemon wedges
Strip the rosemary leaves from the sticks, leaving a few on each tip. Smash the leaves, using a mortar and pestle, with the garlic, some sea salt and 3 tbsp olive oil to make a paste.
- Make up skewers using the rosemary sticks. Thread one piece of folded pancetta onto each stick, then one sage leaf and one piece of lamb. Repeat so there are four pieces of lamb on each skewer (or 2-3 pieces if your skewers are shorter) and end with pancetta and sage. Spread the rosemary and garlic paste over the lamb and leave to marinate for at least 30 minutes. You can prepare up to this stage the day before and keep covered in the fridge.
- Grill the lamb over a medium heat on the barbecue for 10-15 minutes for medium/rare meat. Toast the slices of bread during the last few minutes and then lightly rub both sides with the whole garlic clove and drizzle with a little olive oil. Squeeze lemon juice over the lamb just before serving.