Spring Pairing: Mount Veeder Winery Cabernet Sauvignon & Herb Lamb Kofta

Spring Pairing: Mount Veeder Winery Cabernet Sauvignon & Herb Lamb Kofta

Elevate your senses with this flavor-packed pairing. Our bold and herbaceous Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon complements the tenderness of the lamb kofta as velvety tannins cleanse the palate after every indulgent bite.

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Lamb Kofta

  • 1 ½ pounds ground lamb 
  • 1 ½ teaspoons Diamond Kosher salt 
  • freshly ground black pepper 
  • ¼ cup toasted pine nuts, coarsely chopped 
  • ¼ cup chopped Italian parsley 
  • 4 cloves minced garlic, divided 
  • 1/3 cup chopped white onion 
  • 2 teaspoons ground cumin 
  • ¼ teaspoon ground cayenne pepper 
  • 1 teaspoon chopped fresh rosemary + 8 ten-inch sturdy sprigs fresh rosemary, stripped except for tips to create rosemary skewers 
  • pinch of red pepper flakes 

Harissa Yogurt

  • 2 teaspoons Harissa paste 
  • zest and juice of one Meyer lemon 
  • 1 cup Greek yogurt 

For Serving

  • 4 grilled Meyer lemon halves 
  • assorted sprigs of fresh parsley, mint, and/or chervil for serving 
  • grilled pita for serving 
  1.  In a mixing bowl, use your hands to combine lamb, salt, a few generous grinds of black pepper, toasted pine nuts, parsley, 2 cloves minced garlic, onion, cumin, cayenne, chopped rosemary and red pepper flakes. 
  2. Form kofta - wrapping a sausage around each skewer. Set aside. 
  3. Whisk harissa paste, 2 remaining cloves minced garlic, and lemon zest and juice into Greek yogurt. Season to taste with a pinch or two of salt. 
  4. Cook kofta in a large cast iron skillet over medium-high heat in batches. Serve with grilled lemon halves, harissa yogurt, fresh herbs and grilled flat bread or pita.