As you know, we like to bring you mouthwatering recipes from around the world every now and then on this page. Today we’re turning our attention to Greece – which is a country which perhaps isn’t as well-represented when it comes to restaurants as it should be. Yes, there are many Greek restaurants out there, but not In anything like the same numbers as Italian, Chinese, Thai or Japanese restaurants. That’s a shame – especially if there isn’t a Greek restaurant in your area. Not to worry though – we’ve got all the information you need to make a great-tasting Greek dish of your own at home!
When you look at Greece, there are primarily three things that it’s known for. In no particular order, they are:-
- History. Greece is one of the most historically important ancient nations in the whole world. As well as once having an empire, we owe Greece for the invention of many things the world now takes for granted. Where would the world of sport be if it weren’t for the Olympics – which were invented in Greece? The ancient Olympic Games started in Athens in the year 776 BC. When the modern Olympics began, they also started in Greece, this time in 1896. If sport’s not your thing, how about the concept of democracy – the system of government that most civilized countries rely upon? That, too, was invented in Greece over two and a half thousand years ago. If you ever find yourself getting angry at modern politicians, remember to blame the Greeks for putting them there!
- Myth and Legend. From the serpent-headed Medusa, who could turn you to stone with a simple stare, to the winged Icarus who fell into the sea while flying too close to the sun, Greek myths and legends are full of fascinating, colorful characters. Although the tales are thousands of years old, they’ve been brought alive and told once more many times, and they’re still relevant today. Hercules was last on our movie screens in 2014, for example, and mobile slots websites are full of slots casino which take their inspiration from Greek legends. There are some obvious choices, such as the ‘Zeus: God of Thunder’ mobile slots game which is based on the most famous Greek god of them all, but other characters are also represented. ‘Magic of Pandora’ is a mobile slots game based on the woman who, according to myth, brought sin into the world. ‘Medusa Megaways’ is all about that petrifying Gorgon. They’re at mobile slots websites, they’re in the cinema, they’re on TV – they’re everywhere!
- Food. That’s why we’re here today, and that’s perhaps what Greece is most famous for now (other than its beautiful beaches and vacation destinations). When we think of Greek food, we think of lamb, and yogurt, and feta cheese. We think of olives, and pasta, and fish. We also think of wine – but that might just be us. Whether you want to choose a bottle of wine to go with the meal we’re about to show you is entirely up to you! Today’s recipe is all about lamb and feta, brought to life with a spicy kick and then skewered for convenience. Here’s how you go about making it.
What You’re Going To Need
Making this recipe will take you 25 minutes from start to finish, so it’s a great choice if you’re looking for something quick and tasty! The ingredients are:-
500 grams of minced lamb;
300 grams of basmati rice (brown);
300 grams of cherry tomatoes (cut in half);
50 grams of feta cheese;
85 grams of black olives (quartered) ;
12 wooden skewers;
1 red onion (large, and half-sliced, half-grated);
1 cucumber (diced);
1 large cup of parsley (chopped);
1 large cup of mind (chopped);
1 lemon (juiced);
1 tablespoon of olive oil, and
1 tablespoon of harissa.
How To Make It
This may seem like quite a lengthy list of ingredients, but it’s easy to make once you’ve assembled everything you need. There are only three steps, and if you follow them to the letter, you can’t go wrong.
- Immerse all of the wooden skewers in a bowl of water, and leave them there for thirty minutes. While they’re soaking, consult the cooking instructions on the back of your packet of rice, and cook them using the recommended method. When it’s cooked, give it a quick rinse with cold water and then drain it thoroughly before setting it aside.
- Heat up your grill. While it’s heating up, put your lamb mince into a bowl, and mix it with the feta cheese, the grated half of the onion, the harissa, and any seasoning you wish to add. Make twelve sausage shapes from the mixture (you should have more than enough mixture to do this with), and thread the resultant sausages onto the skewers. Place them onto a banking tray (important note: this should be a non-stick baking tray!), and grill them for between six and eight minutes. Turn them regularly during the grilling process, and keep a close eye on them. When they’ve turned slightly brown, they’re ready.
- Mix all the ingredients you have left over with the brown rice, and again add further seasoning if you see fit. The rice and the rest of the ingredients are a bedding for your hot skewers to sit on. You’re now ready to serve. Fill some small bowls with the rice mixture, add the skewers on top, and either enjoy them yourself or impress your guests!
All the spice in this recipe comes from the harissa. If you or your guests have a liking for spice, you could increase the amount of harissa in the recipe to give things a little more kick and zing. Be very careful though – harissa is a very hot chili paste, and shouldn’t be trifled with. In practice, it’s better to be safe than sorry when putting it into food!
We hope you’ll find these lamb skewers as delicious as we did, and we’ll see you back here soon for another great recipe idea!