Basturma (Georgian Pomegranate Marinated Grilled Lamb): Date Added: 10 Nov 2009 Ingredients:

1 3/4 lb boneless leg of lamb
1 for the marinade:
2 cup fresh pomegranate juice (or
1 cup pomegranate syrup)
1 small onion, grated
2 cloves garlic, minced
1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil
1 freshly ground black pepper
1/4 cup chopped fresh cilantro,
1 plus
1/4 cup for garnish
1 bay leaf, crushed
1 teaspoon ground coriander
1 freshly ground black pepper
1 salt
1 lemon wedges for serving

Cooking Instructions:

In the Republic of Georgia, basturma is a sort of shish kebab (Elsewhere in the Near East, the term refers to spiced dried meat and is etymologically related to our word pastrami.)

Georgians love the combination of fruit and meat with pomegranate juice as a common seasoning. If you can't find fresh pomegranates, use pomegranate syrup (sometimes called pomegranate molasses), which is sold in Middle East and Armenian markets.

Serves 4

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