I love good food and look forward to a yummy meal and glass of wine at the end of the day. Last week, in an attempt to break away from my usual lamb marinade (delicious, but I was in a rut!), I searched online and stumbled across this gem. The flavors are so good that I made it 4 times in one week (!!!) - 2x on lamb, 2x on chicken. Don't let the list of ingredients turn you off. All you need to do is throw them in a food processor and then marinate the meat. Easy peasy. Try it & tell me what you think!
Pro tip: Buy your spices at the your local asian or middle eastern market. They have everything you could possibly need & their prices are great.
1/2 large onion, cut into 2-inch pieces
6 garlic cloves, peeled
2 tablespoons fresh mint leaves
2 tablespoons paprika
1 tablespoon salt
1 tablespoon fresh marjoram leaves (oregano)
2 teaspoons ground black pepper
2 teaspoons ground cumin
2 teaspoons ground coriander
2 teaspoons hot pepper sauce (sub: red pepper flakes)
1 teaspoon turmeric
1/2 teaspoon ground ginger (use fresh ginger if possible)
1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/2 cup olive oil
1/3 cup fresh lemon juice
Lamb, chicken, whatever meat sounds good!
Combine all ingredients except olive oil and lemon juice in food processor. Pulse on/off until coarse paste forms. Add oil and lemon juice and process until well blended. Place the meat in large resealable plastic bag. Pour spice mixture over the meat & seal bag. Turn bag several times and rub spice mixture into meat.
I made this one morning and let the lamb marinate all day and it was fantastic. I also put it on chicken for 10 minutes before cooking and it was really good. I grilled the lamb and baked the chicken - both were delicious!
Original recipe from Epicurous: