Harissa and Lamb Kabobs


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Harissa and Lamb Kabobs

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    Harissa is a Tunisian spicy pepper paste that inspired these Harissa and Lamb Kabobs. They are smoky and garlicky with just a tinge of tangy flavor. 

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    Servings and Ingredients

    Serves 5
    1 c. Hy-Vee plain nonfat Greek yogurt
    2 tbsp. salt-free harissa seasoning, divided
    2 tbsp. refrigerated ginger paste
    1 tbsp. refrigerated garlic paste
    1 tsp. Hy-Vee ground cumin, plus 1 Tbsp., divided
    ¼ tsp. kosher salt
    1 lbs. fresh lamb stew meat
    ¾ c. Hy-Vee canola oil
    1 large sweet potato, peeled and cut into 12 pieces
    1 fresh plantain, peeled and sliced 1-inch thick
    1 medium red onion, cut into 1 1/2-inch wedges
    Serrano chile pepper, for garnish
    Baby spinach, for serving
    Shallot slices, for serving
    Fresh mint leaves, for garnish

    Things To Grab

    • Large bowl
    • Large microwave-safe bowl
    • Charcoal or gas grill
    • Serving platter


    1. Stir together yogurt, 1 tablespoon harissa seasoning, ginger and garlic pastes, 1 teaspoon cumin, and salt in a large bowl. Add lamb; stir to coat evenly. Cover and marinate in the refrigerator 4 to 8 hours.

    2. Combine oil, remaining 1 tablespoon harissa, and remaining 1 tablespoon cumin in a large microwave-safe bowl. Add sweet potato and plantain; toss to coat. Cover and microwave 3 minutes. Drain, reserving 1/3 cup oil mixture for serving.

    3. Preheat a charcoal or gas grill with a greased grill rack for direct cooking over medium heat (350 degrees).

    4. Drain lamb; discard marinade. Alternately thread onion wedges, lamb, sweet potato, and plantain onto 6 (12-inch) metal skewers. Grill kabobs 10 to 12 minutes or until lamb reaches 145 degrees for medium-rare doneness, or desired doneness, turning occasionally.

    5. Serve with reserved oil mixture; garnish with sliced serrano pepper, if desired. Serve kabobs with spinach and shallot. Garnish with mint, if desired.

    Nutrition facts


    530 Calories per serving

    Amounts Per Serving

    • Total Fat: 36g
    • Cholesterol: 85mg
    • Sodium: 330mg
    • Total Carbohydrates: 19g
    • Protein: 30g

    Daily Values

    Iron 15%
    Calcium 6%
    Vitamin D 0%
    Potassium 10%