Makes: marinade for about 4 pounds of meat (6-8 people)
Prep: 15-20 minutes for marinade
Cook: 10-15 minutes
Ingredients: (important to use fresh ingredients where specified)
4 lb. Tender leg of lamb and/or pork tenderloin, or venison, or chicken breast – cut up into pieces about 1 1/2 inches
1 1/2 c. Olive Oil
Zest of 1 fresh lemon
Juice of a Large Fresh Lemon
1 Tbsp. Tomato Paste mixed with the lemon juice or vinegar
1/3 c. Balsamic Vinegar
1/3 c. Dry Red Wine
5 Cloves Fresh Garlic
2 Tsp. sugar
1 Tsp. Red Pepper Flakes
1 Tsp. Paprika
1 Crushed Large Bay Leaf
1 Tbsp. Fresh Thyme or Lemon Thyme
3 Tbsp. Fresh Rosemary – chopped
1 Tbsp. Fresh Mint – chopped
2 Tbsp. Fresh Oregano – chopped
3 Tbsp. Fresh Basil – chopped
3 Tbsp. Fresh Parsley – chopped
2 1/2 Tsp. Kosher Salt or more ( make sure to be generous with the salt as it brings out the flavors)
Plenty of Freshly Ground Black Pepper
Good Italian Bread
Meat should be cut and ready before making the marinade.
Mix all above marinade ingredients together well. A whisk is a good tool for this. If the marinade sits – re-whisk. Use fresh ingredients where indicated.
TASTE the marinade!! Especially taste for salt. Plenty of salt and pepper is important. This brings out the flavor. If you don’t add enough – your spiedies will be bland.
Add the marinade to the meat immediately.
Mix thoroughly, coating all the meat. Using your clean hands to do this is a good idea.
Cover and refrigerate. I recommend marinating overnight or at most one more day. There is great controversy about this. Read the above text for the reason why I choose a shorter time.
Stir the meat once during the marinating process.
Skewer the meat just before grilling.
Place skewers on a VERY hot grill – close cover and SEAR quickly on all sides. Ideally you will have grill marks on the meat.
Turn down the heat on the grill or move the skewers to a spot not as hot – use gloves – the skewers will be very hot. Finish the spiedies at a more moderate temperature. They don’t take long.
It is not recommended to keep using a marinade that raw meat has been sitting in. Discard the extra when finished.
Do not dry them out by over cooking. The cooking process should be fairly quick on a hot grill. Taste one! or two…or…
Take them off the skewer with a slice of Italian Bread. Plan on about 4-5 spiedies per slice of bread.