Lamb Kebabs, Rice Pilaf, Homemade Hummus


For the Hummus:

  1. About 3 tablespoons tahini (unsweetened natural almond or peanut butter will work in a pinch)
  2. 2 cloves garlic, finely minced
  3. 3 cloves roasted garlic
  4. Juice of 1 lemon
  5. 1-2 teaspoons cumin
  6. Whatever other spices you’d like to add, just don’t overdo it
  7. 1 can garbanzo beans, drained
  8. Olive oil

For the Rice Pilaf

  1. 1 tablespoon olive oil
  2. 1/2 white onion, diced
  3. 2 cloves garlic, minced
  4. 1/2 teaspoon turmeric
  5. Whatever else you want to put in there, but again, keep it simple
  6. 3 cups water
  7. 1 & 1/2 cups medium grain rice
  8. 1/2 cup orzo

For the Lamb Kebabs:

  1. 1 boneless or semi-boneless leg of lamb, cubed into 1-2 inch chunks
  2. 5-7 cloves garlic, finely minced
  3. Zest of 1 lemon
  4. Juice of 2 whole lemons
  5. Glug (that’s a specific measurement…not) of olive oil, approximately 2-3 tablespoons
  6. Chunked onions or bell peppers, or neither, or both


For the Hummus:

Add ingredients 1-6 to a food processor and turn on.  Allow ingredients to mix well, 1-2 minutes.  With the motor running, add garbanzo beans, about 1 tablespoon at a time, waiting 10 seconds between batches.  With the motor still running, begin to drizzle in olive oil.  You may need to stop to scrape down the sides with a rubber spatula.  Continue this process until hummus reaches desired consistency, 5-7 minutes.  Cover and refrigerate until needed.  When served, drizzle with a bit of olive oil and a dash of paprika as a garnish.

For the Rice Pilaf:

Heat olive oil in a 4 quart saucepan over medium heat.  Add onion and sauté until translucent.  Add garlic and sauté until fragrant, 30 seconds more.  Add turmeric and whatever other spices you’re using, and sauté until fragrant, 15 seconds more.  Add water and bring to a boil.  Add rice and orzo.  Cover, return to a boil then and reduce to a bare simmer.  Cook covered until rice and orzo have absorbed all the liquid in the pot, 25-30 minutes.  No peaking; steam cooks rice.

For the Lamb:

Toss all ingredients together in a large bowl.  Cover and allow to marinate, refrigerated, for at least 4 hours – 6 or 8 would be ideal.

Using metal or wooden skewers.  Soak wood skewers in water for for an hour if using. Assemble kebabs, alternating between lamb, onions, and peppers, by skewering them onto skewers (did I say skewer enough?)

Preheat grill on high for 10-15 minutes.  Use wood chips for smokiness if you like.  Grill lamb kebabs, covered, turning every 3-4 minutes, until nicely charred and internal temperature of lamb is between 130°F – 140°F, depending on desired doneness.


Serve rice and hummus family style along with kebabs.  This is the kind of meal that can be eaten around the table, or while standing grazing in the kitchen with a nice glass of wine or a beer.  Also, I served this particular dish tonight with Brazilian Style Collard Greens from my fellow food blogger Aline Shaw.  The pairing was spectacular.

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