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Sunday, October 12, 2008

Spiced Lamb Kabobs With Tomato Jam

I came across this recipe when I was on vacation in Hawaii two years ago. We were staying in a little condo on Molokai, a very beautiful and very tiny island. The owners of the condo had left a pile of books and magazines for their renters to enjoy. Among them was an issue of Met Home that included an article with lots of tasty-sounding Middle Eastern-style recipes.

I had never cooked lamb (ground or otherwise) before I tried these kabobs and was pleasantly surprised by how easy it was to manipulate and how yummy the end result was. These kabobs are simple and easy to prepare and only take a few minutes to cook on the grill.

Lamb kabobs on the barbie

I had also never heard of tomato jam before finding this recipe. Oddly enough, just two days after Nadia and I cooked our Mediterranean feast, Mark Bittman did a piece about tomato jam in the NYTimes. What a coinkydink! I actually liked Bittman's recipe better than the one from Met Home so I've substituted it here.

Tomato jam

Spiced Lamb Kabobs
Makes 12 kabobs (serves 6)


* 12 six-inch bamboo skewers
* 2 tbsp cinnamon
* 1 1/4 freshly ground black pepper
* 3/8 tsp grated nutmeg
* 3/8 tsp ground coriander
* 2 tsp salt
* small pinch of cayenne pepper
* 1 tbsp tomato paste or red pepper paste
* 2 egg whites
* 2 lbs ground lamb (use organic, free range lamb if at all possible)


1. Soak the bamboo skewers in water to prevent them from charring on the grill (you can do this overnight or a few hours before you're planning to grill.)

2. Combine all the ingredients in the bowl of a cuisinart and mix until completely blended (you want it to break down so that it becomes almost creamy.)

3. Divide the mixture into 12 equal portions. Shape each portion into a short, thick sausage and push onto the bamboo skewer.

4. Prepare the grill and grill the kebabs on all sides until done to your taste.

Tomato Jam
Makes about 1 cup


* 3/4 pound good ripe tomatoes (Roma are best), cored and coarsely chopped
* 1/2 cup sugar
* 1 tablespoons freshly squeezed lime juice
* 1/2 tablespoon fresh grated or minced ginger
* 1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
* 1/8 teaspoon ground cinnamon
* a pinch of ground cloves
* 1/2 teaspoon salt
* 1/2 a jalapeño pepper, stemmed, seeded and minced, or a pinch of red pepper flakes or cayenne to taste.


1. Combine all the ingredients in a heavy medium saucepan and bring to a boil over medium heat, stirring often.

2. Reduce the heat and simmer, stirring occasionally, until the mixture has the consistency of thick jam, about 1 hour 15 minutes.

3. Taste and adjust seasoning, then cool and refrigerate until ready to use; this will keep at least a week.

1 comment:

Amelia PS said...

oh that tomato jam sounds amazing!!!