2 firm tomatoes, cut into 1-inch
squares, or small cherry tomatoes
Pita bread, for serving
Lemon wedges, for serving
1 cucumber, peeled, seeded
16 ounces Greek yogurt
1 tablespoon minced fresh garlic
1 tablespoon olive oil
2 teaspoons lemon juice
1 teaspoon kosher salt
1 tablespoon chopped fresh dill
1 tablespoon chopped fresh parsley
To prepare the tzatziki sauce, spread out a clean dish towel on a counter, place
grated cucumber in the center, fold up the sides of the towel and squeeze cucumber
over the sink to remove the liquid.
Transfer the cucumber to a medium mixing bowl and stir in yogurt, garlic, olive oil,
lemon juice, salt and optional herbs. Cover and refrigerate for 2 hours before serving
to allow flavors to develop.
In a large mixing bowl, combine olive oil, oregano, lemon juice and grated peel, salt
and pepper. Add lamb cubes and toss to coat. Cover and marinate in the refrigerator
for 6 hours or overnight, turning the cubes of meat from time to time to keep them
well moistened. (Note: If marinating overnight, omit the salt until the next morning.)
Thread the skewers, beginning with a lamb cube and then alternating with vegetables.
End each skewer with a lamb cube.
Brush the souvlakia with olive oil and lightly season with a little more oregano,
salt and pepper.
Prepare and heat the grill to medium-hot.
Grill the skewers for about 8-10 minutes, or until the meat is done to your taste,
turning every 2 minutes to cook evenly.
Serve immediately with warm pita bread, Tzatziki Sauce and lemon wedges.
Makes 8-10 servings.
Tip: Prepared tzatziki sauce can be purchased at some Costco warehouses.