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  1. Yield: 6 servings

  2. Souvlaki

  3. 2 pounds lamb shoulder or 2 pound sirloin tip in

  4. 1 1/2−inch chunks

  5. 2 cups dry red wine

  6. 1 teaspoon dried oregano

  7. 2 teaspoons lemon rind, long strips

  8. 1/4 cup olive oil

  9. Sweet peppers and cherry tomatoes as needed

  10. Tzaziki

  11. 2 cups plain yogurt

  12. 1/2 English cucumber, peeled and grated

  13. 2 garlic cloves, minced

  14. 3 tablespoons olive oil

  15. 1 teaspoon salt

  16. Begin preparing the tzaziki a few hours before serving. The flavors need time to blend. Marinate the meat overnight to absorb the wine and garlic.

  17. 12 hours or overnight. Shake or stir the mixture several times during the marinating period. About 30 minutes before serving, drain off and discard the marinade. Thread the chunks of meat onto long skewers, brushing with a little olive oil. (We usually barbecue the peppers and tomatoes on separate skewers but it's really up to the chef.) Over medium coals, barbecue the souvlaki until it's done the way you like it. Serve on a bed of rice and pass the tzaziki to spoon on top.

  18. Tzaziki: Line a colander or sieve with cheesecloth (or gauze) and set it over a bowl. Pour in the yogurt and allow it to drip for an hour or so. After the yogurt has drained, combine it, in a small bowl, with the cucumber and the garlic. Cover the bowl tightly with plastic wrap and refrigerate until just before serving. While the meat is barbecuing, drizzle the olive oil over the surface, and without stirring, sprinkle on the salt. It needs no mixing − your guests will do that when they dollop it onto their souvlaki. Makes about 3 cups.


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