“Astoria” Lamb Kebab with Rosemary, Candied Cherry Tomatoes, Hummus and Tzatziki

Adapted by StarChefs.com
August 2007
Yield: 1 Serving


Candied Cherry Tomatoes
4 grape tomatoes
4 miniature bamboo forks
1 cup sugar
Niçoise olives, dried in a dehydrator for 12 hours and finely chopped
1 lemon, zested
1 teaspoon fleur de sel
Lamb Shish Kebab
olive oil
Crushed garlic
Crushed rosemary
1 lamb chop
1 lamb heart
1 lamb kidney
1 lamb liver
1 rack of lamb ribs
3 ounces lamb sweetbreads, blanched
1 lamb brain, blanched
1 teaspoon Piment d’Espelette powder
olive oil
3 sprigs rosemary
1 cup garbanzo beans, soaked overnight
4 cups chicken stock
½ cup olive oil
Tzatziki Sauce
½ cup Greek yogurt
1 tablespoon olive oil
Juice of 1 lemon
2 cloves garlic
1 teaspoon Piment d’Espelette powder
1 cucumber, peeled and grated
1 tablespoon dill


For the Candied Cherry Tomatoes:

For the Candied Cherry Tomatoes: Skewer each grape tomato at the top with a bamboo fork. Place sugar in a saucepan and add just enough water to create a wet sand consistency. Cook the sugar over medium heat until it reaches a temperature of 310°F (155°C). Remove sauce pan from heat and place over a large bowl of ice to stop the sugar from caramelizing further. In a small bowl, mix dried olives, lemon zest and fleur de sel. Dip the tomatoes in the slightly cooled caramel, then in the dried olive mixture. 

For the Lamb Shish Kebab:

For the Lamb Kebab: Prepare a marinade by combining olive oil with crushed garlic and rosemary to taste. Marinate the lamb chop, heart, kidney, liver, and ribs together overnight. Grill all meat separately to desired temperature. Roll the sweetbreads and brain in flour, season with piment d’Espelette powder, and sauté in olive oil. Separate individual ribs from the rack. Skewer remaining meat with rosemary sprigs, alternating between cuts. 

For the Hummus:

For the Hummus: Place the garbanzo beans in a saucepan, cover with chicken stock and simmer on low heat for about 2 hours or until beans are tender. Strain beans, reserving a small amount of the cooking liquid, and place in a food processor. Puree the beans while slowly pouring in the olive oil and reserved cooking liquid. 

For the Tzatziki Sauce:

For the Tzatziki: Combine yogurt, olive oil, lemon juice, garlic and piment d’Espelette powder in a bowl. Cover and refrigerate for one hour. Blend yogurt mixture with a whisk until smooth. Mix in dill. Pat cucumbers dry with a paper towel and add to the yogurt mixture. Salt to taste.

To Assemble and Serve:

To Assemble and Serve: Lay rosemary skewered meat in a row on a plate and criss-cross the individual rib pieces on top. Place 2 small piles of the olive-fleur de sel on the left and right side of the meat, and place one Candied Cherry Tomato on top of each of the 4 piles