Recipe for Simple Souvlaki


12 oz lean ground lamb
2 garlic cloves peeled and crushed
4 tablespoon minced onion
1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
1/2 teaspoon dried basil
1/4 teaspoon crushed rosemary
1/4 teaspoon thyme leaves
1 pinch ground red pepper
3 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
2 tablespoon vegetable oil
1 salt; to taste
4 pitas wrapped in foil and warmed
1 cup shredded lettuce
1 garlic clove peeled and minced
1/3 cup diced tomato
1/3 cup diced cucumber; peeled, seeded and chopp
2 tablespoon fresh chopped mint
1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
3/4 cup plain yogurt


COMBINE THE LAMB with the garlic, onion, oregano, basil, rosemary, thyme, red pepper, lemon juice and salt and mix just until blended. Form the lamb into 12 meatballs. In a large skillet, heat the oil until hot and almost smoking. Add the meatballs and saute over medium-high heat until cooked through, about 3 minutes per side. Drain the lamb balls well. Combine the garlic, tomato, cucumber, mint, lemon juice and yogurt in a small bowl. Cut open 1 end of each warmed pita, fill with shredded lettuce and 3 meatballs. Spoon the sauce over the meatballs and serve.

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