Recipe for Souvlaki With Tzaziki


2 lb lamb shoulder; -or- sirloin tip;cut in 1
2 cup red wine; dry
2 garlic cloves; minced
1 teaspoon oregano; dried
2 teaspoon lemon rind; long strips up to 3 tsp
1/4 cup olive oil sweet peppers and cherry; tomatoes as needeed

2 cup yogurt; pain
1/2 cucumber; english,peeled & grated
2 garlic cloves; minced
3 tablespoon olive oil salt


"Begin preparing the tzazik a few hours before serving. The flavours need time to blend. Marinate the meat overnight to absorb the wine and garlic."

Place the meat in a large bowl. Pour in the wine and sprinkle minced garlic and oregano. Imbed the lemon strips among the cubes of meat and drizzle with olive oil. Cover tightly with plastic wrap and refrigerate 12 hours or overnight. Shake or stir the mixture several times during the marination period. About 30 minutes before serving, drain off and discard the marinade. Thread the chunks of meat onto long skewers, brushing with a little olive oil. (We usually BBQ the peppers and tomatoes on separate skewers but it's really up to the chef.) Over medium coals, barbeque the souvlaki until it's done the way you like it. Serve on a bed of rice and pass the tzaziki to sppon on top. SERVES 4-6

Line a colander or sieve with cheesecloth (or gauze) and set it over a bowl. Pour in the yogurt and allow it to drip for an hour or so. After the yogurt has drained, combine it, in a small bowl, with the cucumber and the garlic. Cover the bowl tightly with plastic wrap and refrigerate until just before serving. While the meat is BBQing, drizzle the olive oil over the surface, and without stirring, sprinkle on the salt. It needs no mixing - your guest will do that when they dollop it onto their souvlaki. MAKES: About 3 cups

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