Greek lamb keftas on cinnamon skewers


1 red onion
4 cloves garlic
25g pack fresh mint, leaves only
25g pack flat leaf parsley, leaves only
1 tbsp Cooks’ Ingredients Rose Harissa, plus extra to serve
½ tsp chilli flakes
2 tsp ground cinnamon
2 tsp ground allspice
2 tsp ground coriander
1 tsp salt
2 x 500g packs lamb mince
12 Cooks’ Ingredients
Cinnamon Sticks
Olive oil, for rubbing



1. Place the onion, garlic, herbs, harissa, spices and salt in a food processor and blend until finely chopped. Add the lamb and blend again until combined. Scrape down the sides and repeat once more. The finer the texture, the better the meat will stick to the skewers during cooking.

2. Divide the mixture into 12. With dampened hands, pack a portion of the kefta mixture around each cinnamon stick, taking care to form an evenly distributed cylinder with about 2.5cm of cinnamon stick showing at each end. Once formed, rub a little bit of olive oil over each one. Set aside in the fridge for at least 30 minutes, or until needed.

3. Preheat the oven to 200°C, gas mark 6. Place the skewers onto a baking sheet and cook for 20-25 minutes, turning once, until cooked throughout. Serve hot with extra rose harissa, for dipping.  

  • Preparation time: 15 minutes + chilling
  • Cooking time: 20 minutes to 25 minutes
  • Total time: 35 to 40 minutes + chilling

Serves: 6 (with 2 keftas each)

Nutritional Info

Typical values per serving:

Energy 1,836kJ
Fat 34.7g
Saturated Fat 17.2g
Carbohydrate 3.4g
Sugars 2g
Protein 29.1g
Salt 1.4g
Fibre 0.8g

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This recipe was first published in Thu May 11 09:57:00 BST 2017.