Friday, August 27, 2010

All About Barefoot

This week we pulled our Barefoot Contessa cookbooks off the shelf, and started cooking up some of Ina's suggestions.  Ina nights always make for delicious nights!  We do an Ina recipe at least once a month, but our last full week of Ina recipes was this past fall when Shelby joined us.  Such fun!  That night we made lamb kebabs as our main dish.  And this week we made parmesan chicken, as well as pasta with sundried tomatoes, and grilled asparagus.  Those Recipes to follow.
Marinated Lamb Kebabs

•1 pound plain yogurt (regular or lowfat)
•1/4 cup good olive oil, plus more for brushing grill
•1 teaspoon lemon zest
•1/4 cup freshly squeezed lemon juice (2 lemons)
•5 tablespoons fresh whole rosemary leaves
•1 teaspoon kosher salt
•1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
•2 pounds top round lamb
•1 red onion

Combine the yogurt, olive oil, lemon zest and juice, rosemary, salt, and pepper in a large, non-reactive bowl. Add the lamb, making sure it is covered with the marinade, cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate overnight or for up to 2 days.

Prepare a charcoal grill with hot coals. Spread the coals in one tight layer on the grill.

Cut the lamb in 1 1/2-inch cubes. You should have about 20 cubes.

Cut the red onion in 8 pieces and separate each piece into 3 or 4 sections. Loosely thread 3 or 4 pieces of lamb onto skewers alternately with sections of onion. Sprinkle both sides of the lamb cubes with salt and pepper. Place the skewers on the hot grill and cook for 10 to 15 minutes, turning 2 or 3 times, until the lamb is medium-rare.

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