heart of the shawarma [lamb shawarma]


I was fortunate enough to get an invite to the Heart of the Swarm CBT. To my dismay, I was also (un)fortunate enough be invited at the same time all of the pros were receiving their invites. This resulted in a total of 74 players online at a time. I’m very confident that if I did ladder, I would be placed in negative bronze league. Not regular bronze league, but rather, negative bronze league.

However, I did enjoy messing around in custom games with the new Terran units. To this day, I still mourn the lost of our dear comrade, the Warhound. Perhaps one day he will make his grand return, but I’m not that hopeful.

So here’s a recipe to get you hyped for the upcoming expansion. Get ready because the swarm is coming…

Please note that many of the ingredients are used in different parts of the dish (example: garlic is used in the sauce and the marinade).

UNIT COMPOSITION

FOR THE LAMB MARINADE

  1. salt
  2. pepper
  3. 1 1/2 teaspoon of cumin
  4. 1 teaspoon of cloves
  5. 1 teaspoon of cinnamon
  6. 1/2 teaspoon of nutmeg
  7. 5 garlic cloves
  8. 1 teaspoon of lemon juice
  9. 1 tablespoon of white vinegar
  10. 1 cup of greek yogurt
  11. 1 1/2 lbs of lamb shoulder (cut into strips)
  12. olive oil (for cooking)

FOR THE GARLIC SAUCE & EXTRAS

  1. salt
  2. 4 garlic cloves (roasted in the oven)
  3. 1 tablespoon of lemon juice
  4. 1 cup of greek yogurt
  5. 1/2 of an onion
  6. pita bread

FOR THE SALAD

  1. salt
  2. pepper
  3. dill (fresh is better)
  4. parsley (fresh is better)
  5. 1 cucumber
  6. 2 heirloom tomatoes
  7. 1 tablespoon of lemon juice

BUILD ORDER

Total prep time will be about ~35 minutes. Since this recipe does require a marinating process, the total idle team will be about 12 – 24 hours. Total cook time will be about 35 minutes. This recipe will serve 4 people.

OPENING

  1. Dice your garlic.
  2. Place a sealable plastic bag in a bowl. This plastic bag will be used to hold the marinade. If you do not have a plastic bag, just use a bowl and cover the finished marinade with plastic wrap.
  3. Combine your ingredients: yogurt, lemon juice, diced garlic, salt, pepper, vinegar, cloves, cumin, cinnamon, and nutmeg.
  4. Stir to combine ingredients.
  5. Slice your lamb into thin strips.
  6. Place lamb in the marinade.
  7. Allow lamb to marinate in the refrigerator for at least 12 hours.

MID GAME

  1. When the lamb has finished marinating, remove from refrigerator.
  2. Set a pan to high heat and place a teaspoon of olive oil in the pan.
  3. Place lamb strips in the pan. Let lamb strips cook for about 5 minutes on each side.
  4. Remove from pan and let rest.
  5. Chop your onions.
  6. Place your chopped onions in the hot pan.
  7. Sauté onions until translucent.
  8. Pre-heat oven to 400°F (204° C).
  9. Place 4 garlic cloves in a small oven-safe dish. Roast garlic until soft (~20 minutes).
  10. When garlic is cooked, remove and let cool.
  11. Place garlic in a food processor (if you don’t have a food processor, you can use a blender) with salt, lemon juice and yogurt. Process until combined.
  12. Remove from food processor and set aside. This will be your garlic sauce.

LATE GAME

  1. Dice your cucumbers and heirloom tomatoes.
  2. Place in a small bowl.
  3. Combine with salt, dill, parsley, pepper and lemon juice.
  4. Drain any excess liquid from the salad before plating.
  5. Plate your shawarma, garlic sauce, salad and pita bread.
  6. Eat!

And that’s all you need! GG WP.


Now you have a dish to celebrate the upcoming HoTS release… Or, celebrate your latest acceptance into HoTS beta! Or, if neither of those are your things, you can enjoy watching The Avengers! Hooray shawarma!

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