Beef & Lamb Souvlaki
While the list looks long, many ingredients are used multiple times. Assembly is minimal and the results are well worth the effort. Easy to eat at any outdoor event.
  1. Soak skewers in water
  2. Mix ingredients and set aside to chill in fridge for 30 min to 1hr.
  3. Remove skewers from water and dry. Mold mixture onto skewers. Watch the ratio of meat to skewers so it stays on the sticks. Place back in fridge to set.
  4. When ready to cook, brush with olive oil and grill until browned and slightly charred
  1. Seed and shred cucumber. Sprinkle lightly with salt to draw out moisture. Drain and squeeze remaining moisture using cheesecloth. Set aside.
  2. Mix all ingredients together. Season to taste with additional garlic, lemon, olive oil, salt and pepper. Place in fridge to chill.
Baba Ganoush
  1. Position a rack at the top of the oven. Preheat to medium or high broil.
  2. Slice eggplant and sprinkle with salt. Place in colander for 10 min. until some moisture is removed. Place slices on sheet pan. Drizzle with olive oil and sprinkle with salt. Place in oven for 5-10 min turning once and until golden and soft. Remove from oven. Wrap in foil and set aside for 5 min.
  3. Once cooled, remove skin from eggplant and place in food processor with remaining ingredients. Pulse until smooth and creamy. Season to taste with additional lemon, olive oil, garlic and salt.
Herb Salad
  1. Chop parsley and mint. Dice cucumber and onion. Mince garlic. Mix together and season with lemon juice, olive oil, salt and pepper.
Recipe Notes

Harissa is a Middle Eastern┬áchili paste seasoned with garlic, coriander, and caraway. Even if you don’t like spicy, it’s a key component that really makes the dish come together. We purchased a tube from the Greek wine and grocery in Kahala (next to Olive Tree Cafe). To save on time you can pick up some good pita here as well.

If you have trouble finding ground lamb, Kokua Market on King St. usually sells some in their freezer.

Traditionally tzatziki uses Greek yogurt only. However it’s a special type you can’t find in the store, so I use sour cream to help thicken the sauce.

All of these recipes derive a lot of its flavor from olive oil, lemon juice, and garlic. Measurements are estimates only. Please adjust to your taste as needed.