Lamb Asparagus Kebabs with Pistachio Mint Pesto

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Lamb Asparagus Kebabs with Pistachio Mint Pesto

March 16, 2016
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Susan Phillips

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Lamb Asparagus Kebabs with Pistachio Mint Pesto

Lamb Asparagus Kebabs with Pistachio Mint Pesto. FAB!!

You guys!

These kebabs are your ticket to fabulous Flavor Town this Easter.

The earthy flavors and vibrant hues are the prefect combination for all of your guests to enjoy while hunting baskets and lounging in the California sunshine.

 

Lamb Asparagus Kebabs with Pistachio Mint Pesto. FAB!!

Asparagus and lamb happen to be splendid partners on a skewer.  Asparagus just so happens to be starting it’s harvesting season here in California, so you’ve got a nice window of opportunity to make this at least a few times before the season is gone.

The red onion addition geniusly serves double duty by of course adding to the bountiful flavors, but it also is the ideal foundation for the lamb.  I’ll show you what I mean…

 

Lamb Asparagus Kebabs with Pistachio Mint Pesto. FAB!!

Lamb Asparagus Kebabs with Pistachio Mint Pesto. FAB!!

I used 2 skewers per kebab.  This helped stabilize the veggies on the skewer.  Minimize the flip-flopping that can happen when cooking them on the grill.

After cutting my asparagus into 2-and-a-half inch pieces, I threaded two of them and pushed them all the way down.  Then I took two red onion quarter slices and threaded them, curved side down, forming the perfect support for the lamb chunks

 

Lamb Asparagus Kebabs with Pistachio Mint Pesto. FAB!!

Lamb Asparagus Kebabs with Pistachio Mint Pesto. FAB!!

I chose this fresh Leg of Lamb from Superior Farms at my local Save Mart.  It wasn’t too hard to cut up into chunks, but if you find the idea of that daunting, just ask the butcher to cut it up for you and they will.  I marinated the chunks of lamb overnight (marinade recipe below) in an olive oil red wine blend.  I think the marinade really took this flavor over the top!

 

Lamb Asparagus Kebabs with Pistachio Mint Pesto. FAB!!

After all the skewers were ready, we dusted them with a sprinkling of salt & pepper and grilled them on a hot grill.  

 

Lamb Asparagus Kebabs with Pistachio Mint Pesto. FAB!!

Lamb Asparagus Kebabs with Pistachio Mint Pesto. FAB!!

While the skewers were grilling, I whipped up this Pistachio Mint Pesto.  DON’T SKIP THIS STEP!  This sauce is divine and an absolute superb topping for the Lamb and Asparagus Kebabs.  (I was even dipping my crackers in it)  See the Pistachio Mint Pesto for more photos and ideas on what to serve with it.

 

Lamb Asparagus Kebabs with Pistachio Mint Pesto. FAB!!

Once the kebabs have a nice char on the lamb, pull them off the grill and allow to rest for a few minutes.  

Lamb Asparagus Kebabs with Pistachio Mint Pesto. FAB!!

Lamb Asparagus Kebabs with Pistachio Mint Pesto. FAB!!

Serve each skewer, de-skewered of course, on plate with your favorite flat bread.  This is a hands-on dish, so break off a piece of bread, add a piece of lamb, an asparagus or two and an onion slice.  Top with the Pistachio Mint Pesto and devour!

 

Here is the recipe for ya…

Lamb and Asparagus Kebabs with Pistachio Mint Pesto
Serves 6
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Prep Time
24 hr
Cook Time
15 min
Prep Time
24 hr
Cook Time
15 min
Ingredients
  1. 1 2-3 lb. boneless let of lamb
  2. 12 stalks fresh asparagus
  3. 1 red onion
FOR MARINADE
  1. 1/2 cup olive oil
  2. 1/2 cup dry red wine
  3. 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  4. 3 garlic cloves,peeled and crushed
  5. Juice of 1 lemon
  6. Salt and freshly ground black pepper
  7. SEE POST FOR PESTO RECIPE LINK
Instructions
  1. Cut up the leaf of lamb into kebab sized chunks
  2. Combine all the Marinade ingredients
  3. Place the lamb chunks into the marinade and refrigerate overnight
  4. Preheat your grill
  5. Skewer the asparagus, red onion and lamb, alternating pieces
  6. Dust them one last time with salt and pepper
  7. Grill until cooked and a nice char has formed on the meat
Notes
  1. Top with the amazing Pistachio Mint Pesto recipe (link found in the post)
Adapted from Inspiration
Adapted from Inspiration
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