Lamb skewers with Basil and Mint dressing
Rich Harris shows you how to make simple but delicious lamb skewers using Waitrose 1 British Abervale lamb.
1kg Abervale Lamb leg steaks, from the meat counter, diced
4 tbsp olive oil
4 cloves garlic, crushed
For the pesto
80g pack fresh basil, leaves only
20g pack fresh mint, leaves only
1 clove garlic, chopped
75g pine nuts
Juice of ½ lemon
100ml extra virgin olive oil
1. Mix the lamb with the olive oil and garlic, then leave, covered, in the fridge overnight (optional).
2. Purée all the pesto ingredients, except the olive oil, in a food processor, finally adding the oil in a steady stream. Season, then set aside.
3. Thread the lamb on to skewers (if using wooden ones, soak first in water for 30 minutes), or long sprigs of fresh rosemary. Brush off any garlic, as it will burn, then season.
4. Cook on a griddle or frying pan over a high heat, turning often, for 8-10 minutes for rare, or longer if you prefer. Serve with dressing and herb salad.