Lamb and Zucchini Kebabs with Halloumi Cheese
Isn’t it funny how zucchini seems to wait until the very last couple weeks of summer to really produce. Then we are left with mounds of it. I love using it in savory dishes as well as sweet. Nothing like a baking sheet of soft and chewy zucchini cookies to wake one up on a sleepy afternoon. Or cheesy zucchini casseroles for a comforting dinner at home.
Unfortunately, my other half is not a fan of the vegetable. He considers it boring. Just as boring as leeks. He has gone so far to say, if the two were a couple at a dinner party, they would be the most boring ones there. So, I sneak leeks into dishes; after all most French ones call for a leek or two. When it comes to zucchini, I just keep trying to make him love it as much as I do.
These kebabs are a bit Mediterranean inspired after months of dreaming about that holiday we want to take. The lamb is heavily seasoned with fresh herbs such as marjoram, oregano, mint and garlic. As well the chunks of zucchini are marinaded in a lemony mixture. I have been dying to try Halloumi cheese, so I decided to add it to my kebabs. This cheese is fun as it melts but does not fall apart and it went really well with the savory lamb and lemony zucchini.
Now, I wanted to you make this dish beyond grilling season, so I baked them. Took a risk, but it worked perfectly. The meatballs were golden and the zucchini had great texture. The only thing missing were perfect grill marks.
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Denise believes anything can be made at home as long as you have a little patience, and time. All of her recipes are made using fresh and seasonal ingredients. Her recipes have been featured on Eat Boutique, the Mushroom Channel, Saveur.com, Foodies of the World, PBS and Fine Cooking.
She, also creates the recipes on the popular food blog Chez Us. Saveur has featured Chez Us as one of 50 Food Blogs You Should Be Reading as well as one of the Sites They Love. Be sure to read more about what they are cooking up over at Chez Us.