Having your own private terrace with a barbecue is one of the great things about staying in a private villa. Sometimes it’s nice to just chill out by the pool and enjoy a relaxed lunch or dinner in the privacy of your own private gardens. Everyone can throw a burger or a sausage on the grill but we thought you may want to be a little more adventurous and local, fresh ingredients are so easy to find now that you can rustle up a tasty barbecue feast in no time! Here are a couple of great recipes to get you started…
Vegetarians tend to feel a bit left out at barbecue time but these tasters kebabs will have the meat eaters drooling and keep the veggies happy too!
- 2 medium courgettes
- 1 large red onion
- 250g halloumi cheese cut into chunks
- 16 cherry tomatoes
- 1 tbsp olive oil
- 2 tbsp lemon juice
- 2 tsp thyme leaves
- 1 tsp Dijon mustard
- Cut the courgettes and onion into chunks and thread onto skewers with the halloumi cheese and the cherry tomatoes. Chill in the fridge.
- Mix together the olive oil, lemon juice, thyme, mustard and seasoning.
- Brush the kebabs with the baste and then grill on the barbecue for 4-5 minutes until the cheese is turning brown and the vegetables are tender. Serve warm with pitta bread. Easy peasy!
Lamb Shashliks with Rosemary and Garlic
A Turkish treat! Lamb kebabs are a favourite in Turkey and they are delicious grilled on the barbecue. You can usually get fresh meat from any decent sized supermarket but why not try the local food markets for something really fresh (and usually cheaper too!)
- 1 small leg of lamb, boned and cut into large chunks
- 1 lemon, juiced and roughly chopped
- 20 garlic cloves, finely chopped
- Handful of rosemary sprigs, leaves chopped
- 3 green peppers
- 2 red onions
To serve- warm flatbreads, natural yoghurt, chilli sauce, chopped tomato and cucumber.
- Mix the lamb with the lemon and juice, oil, rosemary and garlic. Season well. Cover and chill for a few hours.
- Thread the lamb onto skewers, alternating with the peppers and onions.
- Put the skewers onto the barbecue and cook on one side for around 5 minutes before turning. To check the meat is cooked put a skewer into the middle of the meat and check that no blood is still running out from it; the liquid should be pink and watery for tender meat.
- Allow the meat to rest and then serve with the flatbreads, yoghurt, chilli sauce, tomato and cucumber. Delicious!
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