These lamb kebabs with lemon and rosemary can be served rice, preferably brown basmati, swapping white for brown in the recipe below, and some tzatziki.

Serves              4

  • 1½ lb (700 g) lamb, fillet end of leg (2 lb 4 oz/1 kg bought weight), on the bone
  • 8 chestnut mushrooms
  • 8 cherry tomatoes
  • salt and freshly milled black pepper
  • 4 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
  • finely grated zest 1 lemon
  • 1 heaped tablespoon bruised and finely chopped rosemary
  • 1 large yellow pepper
  • 1/2 medium red onion
  • 4 bay leaves, halved
  • 1 fat clove garlic, crushed
  • 8 tablespoons olive oil

To garnish

  • 1 small lemon, cut into wedges


  • Using a sharp knife, take the meat from the bone – which is very easy – and cut it into bite-sized pieces.


  • Then halve and de-seed the pepper, cut each half into 4, and then halve these again so that you finish up with 16 pieces. Now place everything except the tomatoes into a shallow container or bowl, toss the meat and vegetables well in the marinade, then leave for 24-48 hours, turning everything a couple of times during that period. When you’re ready to cook the kebabs, either light up your barbecue or preheat your grill; either way you’re going to need a good 20 minutes’ pre-heating time (and remember to soak the skewers at the same time).


  • Now assemble the kebabs by sliding a mushroom on to a skewer, followed by a tomato and half a bay leaf, then alternately some meat, pepper and onion, finishing off with another half bay leaf, then a tomato and mushroom.


  • Make sure you pack them all together as tightly as possible, then grill the kebabs about 4 inches (10 cm) from the source of the heat for about 20 minutes, turning them over and basting them with the marinade juices from time to time.
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