Marinades

Since moving to Estonia I have fell in love with the Estonian summer barbecues. Lamb is an excellent, versatile meat for barbecueing and it is at it best on the barbecue. Here are a few useful marinades which go particularly well with Lamb.

Greek Charmoulah

This was a recipe that a Greek friend of mine once told me for marinating lamb, you may want to alter the spices especially the chilli and cumin, depending on your tastes. Mix all ingredients together and marinade the meat for at least an hour.

Ingredients: 100ml olive oil, juice and rind of one lemon, 2 cloves of garlic, large bunch of parsley, large bunch of coriander, 1-2 Estonian pickled cucumbers, 1/2 teaspoon paprika, 1/2 teaspoon cumin, 1/2 teaspoon chilli, 1 tablespoon of sugar, salt and pepper.

Red Wine Marinade 

This gives a Chinese touch to your meat, im sure a bit of Ginger added could be great as well. Combine all ingredients, heat a little if necessary to dissolve the honey. Marinate meat for at least an hour.

Ingredients: 250ml red wine, 150ml soy sauce, 4 cloves of garlic chopped, 1 tablespoon Estonian honey, 1 teaspoon of chopped dried rosemary and pepper (no salt).

Pomegranate Marinade

When I moved to Estonia I tried the popular Estonian Shaslokk. I was told that traditionally in Georgia it was made with lamb, in some Georgian recipes pomegranate juice was used, hence I modified a sweet chilli sauce into a pomegranate marinade for Shaslokk.  

Ingredients: 1 onion chopped, 2 cloves of garlic chopped, 1 chilli chopped, 350ml pomegranate juice, 1 tablespoon of Estonian honey, 1 tablespoon white wine vinegar, 2 tablespoons tomato ketchup.

Fry the onion for a couple of minutes until it starts to go soft, add the garlic and one red chilli, cook for one minute and then add all the rest of the ingredients. Bring to the boil and simmer uncovered until the liquid thickens up, this can take 30-40 minutes. Marinade the meat for at least one hour.

Sour Cream Marinade

Sour cream or yoghurt is very good at tenderising meat, you can add any flavours you wish such as chopped mint, parsley, dill, oregano, lemon and garlic, or curry powder.