Day 253: Lamb Souvlaki, Roasted Lemon Potatoes, Grilled Zucchini and Corn with Garlic-Lime-Chipotle Butter


The lamb souvlaki were a cheap cheat: I stopped at the Superstore this afternoon and they were 50% off on account of their Sept. 11 expiration date. Works for me.

Greek-style lamb on a stick gave me a good excuse to try roasted lemon & oregano potatoes again, and the roasted chick peas with chard would have been a good pairing, but it appears the slugs have beat me to it. So instead, since I was firing up the grill for the souvlaki, I sliced a zucchini lengthwise and brushed it with some garlicky oil (borrowed from the potatoes) and threw them on the grill beside the kabobs. And that was it, except for the corn.

I needed corn to act as transport for the compound butter that was left over from CBC this morning. Compound butters are really just softened butter spiked with other ingredients and then chilled; in this case a clove of garlic, a squirt of lime juice, shot of chipotle Tabasco sauce and a few snipped chives from the garden. (Maple syrup or honey and chopped toasted pecans is good too.) Turns out it not only doctors up corn; I put some on W’s rice (he’s not a potato guy, especially when saturated with “spicy” lemon) and I might have slipped a chunk of potato into the ramekin too. Yum.

Garlic, Lime & Chipotle Butter: In a medium bowl, mix 1/2 cup soft butter, the juice of 1 lime (or about 2 Tbsp. – add a bit of finely grated zest too if you like), 1 tsp. chipotle Tabasco sauce or chipotles in adobo, finely smooshed, and a finely crushed garlic clove. Scrape it into a ramekin and chill until firm.


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4 comments on “Day 253: Lamb Souvlaki, Roasted Lemon Potatoes, Grilled Zucchini and Corn with Garlic-Lime-Chipotle Butter

  1. Dana McCauley
    September 10, 2008 at 5:25 am

    That looks like a very good dinner! The same company that makes that Souvlaki (if I’m reading the package cues okay) also makes some pretty good meatballs that I buy when time it is tight.

    I’m going to make those potatoes sometime very soon!

  2. Cathy
    September 11, 2008 at 9:35 am

    Why oh why can’t I get my grilled veg to look like yours? I must be missing something!! :)


  3. Yo MoMMa
    February 27, 2009 at 3:03 pm

    THiS iS GaY!

  4. Donna
    May 30, 2011 at 8:45 am

    Hi Julie, I made the corn and black bean salad recently. It was great! BUT, I can’t find chipotle Tabasco sauce at Safeway or Co-op. Any suggestions?

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