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Summer Mezze Platter with Yogurt Marinated Lamb Skewers

a summer mezze platter with yogurt marinated lamb skewers, marinated artichokes & feta, creamy cucumbers, pearl couscous, warm pita bread, and other seasonal ingredients

servings: 6

Ingredients

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Yogurt Marinated Lamb Skewers

  • ½ lb greek yogurt
  • 2 tsp kosher salt
  • 1 tsp ground turmeric
  • 1 tsp ground cumin
  • 1 tsp red pepper flakes
  • 4 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 tbsp lemon zest
  • 2 tbsp lemon juice
  • ¼ cup olive oil, plus more as needed
  • 2 lbs boneless American leg of lamb, cubed 1 ½”

Marinated Artichokes & Feta

  • ½ lb drained quartered artichokes
  • ½ lb feta cheese, cubed ½”
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 2 tbsp chopped parsley
  • 2 tbsp minced chives
  • 1 tsp red pepper flakes
  • ½ cup olive oil

Creamy Cucumbers

  • 1 lb cucumbers, diced
  • ¼ lb Greek yogurt
  • 1 tsp lemon zest
  • 1 tsp lemon juice
  • 2 tbsp chopped dill
  • kosher salt & black pepper

Couscous

  • 1 cup pearl couscous
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 tbsp chopped parsley
  • 1 tbsp chopped dill

Remaining Mezze Ingredients

  • 1 batch charred eggplant dip
  • 1 (5 oz) jar olives, drained
  • warm pita bread
  • pickled red onions
  • seasonal ingredients: cherries, tomatoes, etc.

Instructions

Yogurt Marinated Lamb Skewers

  1. If using wooden skewers, soak them in water.
  2. Add the yogurt, salt, turmeric, cumin, red pepper flakes, garlic, lemon zest, lemon juice, and olive oil to a large mixing bowl and whisk to combine. Add the cubed lamb and toss to coat. Marinate in the fridge for at least 2 hours. Let sit out at room temperature for 30 minutes before grilling.
  3. Heat your grill over medium-high heat. Skewer 5-6 pieces of lamb onto each skewer. Drizzle with olive oil.
  4. Place onto the grill and cook for 4-5 minutes. Flip the skewers and continue cooking to your desired doneness (the USDA recommends an internal temperature of 145°F, followed by a 3-minute rest).

Marinated Artichokes & Feta

  1. Add the artichokes, feta, garlic, parsley, chives, red pepper flakes, and olive oil to a mixing bowl. Toss to combine.
  2. Let marinate for at least 30 minutes.

Creamy Cucumbers

  1. Add the cucumbers, yogurt, lemon zest, lemon juice, and dill to a mixing bowl. Toss to combine.
  2. Season with salt & black pepper to taste.
  3. Let marinate for at least 30 minutes.

Couscous

  1. Cook the pearl couscous according to the package’s instructions.
  2. Stir in the olive oil, parsley, and dill.

Mezze Platter

  1. Arrange all of the different components – lamb skewers, marinated artichokes & feta, creamy cucumbers, couscous, charred eggplant dip, olives, pita bread, pickled red onions, and other seasonal ingredients – onto a large platter.
  2. Dig in!