The first time I visited Italy, several years ago, I tried a dish called Rostelle- tiny diced pieces of lamb that’s grilled and served with french fries. It’s absolutely delicious. Very simple, yet very tasty. We went home from our journey to Italy with the taste still in our mouths and thought that with the vast knowledge of the world wide web at our fingertips, it would not be a problem to find the recipe online. We were wrong. We couldn’t find it anywhere. In fact, the only thing I found was a little history on the dish; the history of how it became popular and who the first connoisseurs were.
We tried our best to recreate the dish over the years. Sometimes it came out too strong and nothing at all like what we had on our trip. We marinated the meat overnight in lemon juice, olive oil, thyme, basil….. whatever spices we could imagine the Italians on the Mediterranean would use. Really, it never quite tasted like what we had while on vacation.
Then, several years later and another trip to Italy, we were a little wiser about finding this recipe; we stopped and asked a butcher who advertised Rostelle on his front door. Turns out we were way over doing it. It’s just lamb meat on a stick. That’s all! They use a very fatty cut so that the meat is nice and tender. No spices, lemons, olive oil. Nothing other than meat on a stick with a little salt sprinkled over it that’s cooked on the grill. Delicious. Try it at home and enjoy this super simple and tasty recipe!
What you need:
Fatty portion of lamb roast, diced very small
Salt, preferably sea salt
shish kabob sticks
Arrange on the stick and grill for about 10 minutes.