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These minced lamb meatballs are served Greek-style on skewers with couscous, chickpeas and peppers and come topped with a tasty mint yoghurt dip
Serves: 4
Prep time: 35 mins
Cooking time: 20 mins
Total time: 55 mins
Skill level: Bit of effort
Costs:Mid-price

 

Ingredients

 

    • 500g (1lb) lean minced lamb

 

    • 1 onion, peeled and chopped

 

    • 3 cloves garlic, peeled and crushed

 

    • 2 tbs chopped fresh mint

 

    • Salt and freshly ground black pepper

 

    • 250g (8oz) couscous

 

    • 1 tsp bouillon stock powder

 

    • 290g jar flame roasted peppers, drained and chopped

 

    • 410g can chickpeas, drained

 

    • Juice of 1 lemon

 

    • 1 tbs chopped fresh parsley

 

    • Few sprigs of marjoram, optional

 

    • 2 tbs olive oil

 

    • 12 cherry tomatoes

 

    • 4 tbs tzatziki (yogurt with mint or cucumber)

 

    • Few sprigs of fresh mint

 

    • 8 bamboo skewers

 

 

Method

 

 

    1. Soak the skewers in a shallow dish of water. Put the minced lamb into a bowl with the onion, garlic, mint and salt and pepper. Mix everything together well. Shape into 24 walnut-sized balls. Thread 3 lamb koftas on to each skewer. Cover and chill.

 

    1. Put the couscous into a bowl, add the bouillon stock powder and 200ml (7fl oz) boiling water. Stir and leave for a few minutes for the couscous to absorb the liquid. Add the peppers and chickpeas.

 

    1. Add the lemon juice, parsley, 1 tbsp oil, salt and pepper. Stir to combine.

 

    1. Preheat the grill to high. Put the koftas on to the grill pan with the tomatoes and drizzle with 1 tbs oil. Grill for 10 mins, remove the tomatoes and add the couscous. Turn the koftas and grill for 5 more mins.

 

    1. Serve the koftas on top of the couscous, with a dollop of tzatziki, and garnish with a sprig of mint.
      To freeze, open freeze the kebabs on sticks. Once frozen, cover with film and put into a freezer bag for up to 3 months. Grill from frozen for 25 mins.

 

 

Nutritional information per portion

 

 

sugars 0.0g fat 5.8g saturates 2.3g salt 0.0g calories 143(kcal)

 

This nutritional information is only a guide and is based on 2,000 calories per day. For more information on eating a healthy diet, please visit the Food Standards Agency website.

Guideline Daily Amount for 2,000 calories per day are: 70g fat, 20g saturated fat, 90g sugar, 6g salt.