Summer Mezze Platter with Yogurt Marinated Lamb Skewers

Prep Time

2HRs, 30MIN

Cook Time

15 Min

Total Time

2HRs, 45Min

Servings

6

Mezze platter with lamb skewers and sides

Ingredients

For the Yogurt Marinated Lamb Skewers

  • 1/2-pound Greek yogurt
  • 2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1 teaspoon ground turmeric
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1 teaspoon red pepper flakes
  • 4 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 tablespoon lemon zest
  • 2 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 1/4 cup olive oil, plus more as needed
  • 2 pounds boneless leg of American lamb, cubed 1-1/2”

For the Marinated Artichokes & Feta

  • 1/2 pound drained quartered artichokes
  • 1/2 pound feta cheese, cubed 1/2”
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 2 tablespoon chopped parsley
  • 2 tablespoon minced chives
  • 1 teaspoon red pepper flakes
  • 1/2 cup olive oil

For the Creamy Cucumbers

  • 1 pound cucumbers, diced
  • 1/4 pound Greek yogurt
  • 1 teaspoon lemon zest
  • 1 teaspoon lemon juice
  • 2 tablespoon chopped dill
  • Kosher salt & black pepper

For the Couscous

  • 1 cup pearl couscous
  • 2 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon chopped parsley
  • 1 tablespoon chopped dill

Remaining Mezze Ingredients

  • 1 batch charred eggplant dip
  • 1 (5-oz) jar olives, (drained)
  • Warm pita bread
  • Pickled red onions
  • Seasonal ingredients: cherries, tomatoes, etc.

Directions

For the Yogurt Marinated Lamb Skewers

If using wooden skewers, soak them in water.

Add the yogurt, salt, turmeric, cumin, red pepper flakes, garlic, lemon zest, lemon juice, and olive oil to a large mixing bowl and whisk to combine. Add the cubed lamb and toss to coat. Marinate in the fridge for at least 2 hours. Let sit out at room temperature for 30 minutes before grilling.

Heat your grill over medium-high heat. Skewer 5-6 pieces of lamb onto each skewer. Drizzle with olive oil. Place onto the grill and cook for 4-5 minutes. Flip the skewers and continue cooking to your desired doneness*

*Note: USDA recommends an internal temperature of 145°F, followed by a 3-minute rest.  

 

For the Marinated Artichokes & Feta

 

Add the artichokes, feta, garlic, parsley, chives, red pepper flakes, and olive oil to a mixing bowl. Toss to combine. Let marinate for at least 30 minutes.

For the Creamy Cucumbers

Add the cucumbers, yogurt, lemon zest, lemon juice, and dill to a mixing bowl. Toss to combine. Season with salt & black pepper to taste. Let marinate for at least 30 minutes.

For the Couscous

Cook the pearl couscous according to the package’s instructions. Stir in the olive oil, parsley, and dill.

For the Mezze Platter

Arrange all of the different components – lamb skewers, marinated artichokes & feta, creamy cucumbers, couscous, charred eggplant dip, olives, pita bread, pickled red onions, and other seasonal ingredients – onto a large platter.

Mezze contents plated
cucumber salad
thermometer timer illustration
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