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Cinnamon Brochettes with
Cucumber Riata

This appetizer is sure to fill your home with warm spicy aromas. These delicious brochettes are infused with cinnamon as they cook on the grill.

Recipe Type: Appetizer Recipe Yield: 6-8 Servings Prep Time: 20 Minutes Cooking Time: 15 Minutes

Ingredients

Seedless Cucumbers
  • ½ pound (125 g) ground pork
  • ½ pound (125 g) ground beef
  • ½ pound (125 g) ground lamb
  • 16 short cinnamon sticks
  • 1 cup (250 g) Spanish onion, peeled and diced
  • ½ cup (125 g) garlic, chopped
  • 1 cup (250 g) parsley, chopped
  • ½ cup (125 g) fresh thyme, chopped
  • ½ tbsp. (8 g) dried oregano
  • ½ tbsp. (8 g) dried basil
  • ½ cup (125 g) chili flakes
  • Salt and pepper to taste

Second Ingredients

  • 1 ½ cups (375 ml) plain yogurt
  • ½ cup (125 ml) sour cream
  • 5 Ontario greenhouse seedless cucumbers, peeled, seeded and finely chopped
  • 2 tbsp. (30 ml) fresh mint, finely chopped
  • Sprigs of mint for garnish
  • ½ tsp. (3 g) ground cumin
  • ¼ tsp. (½ g) cayenne pepper
  • Salt and pepper to taste

Instructions

  1. Combine all ground meat, onions, herbs, garlic, chili flakes, salt and pepper.
  2. Form the meat mixture into 2 oz. (56 g) oval balls and skewer each piece with one cinnamon stick.
  3. Line the brochettes on a plate. Cover and refrigerate overnight.
  4. Preheat your grill to a medium/high heat.
  5. On a well oiled grill (to prevent sticking), place the cinnamon brochettes on the grill.
  6. Ensure the cinnamon stick ends are not exposed to direct heat by placing a piece of foil on the grill under the sticks. Grill until cooked through.
  7. Serve immediately with cucumber riata.

Second Instructions

  1. In a medium mixing bowl, combine all ingredients together, cover and refrigerate.