08 September 2011

Grilled Kebab

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Ok, down to business. This recipe was really delicious and pretty easy peasy. John found the recipe here and it turned out pretty darn good! To go with the kebab, we also skewered some roma tomatoes and grilled them to perfection, and I made a saffron rice and yogurt sauce to go with them. (See end of post for rice recipe and yogurt recipe).

Ingredients (for kebab):

1 lb ground beef
1 medium onion, chopped very fine
2 tsp paprika
1 tsp cumin
1 tsp salt
1/4 tsp pepper
1/4 cup chopped fresh parsley
1/4 cup chopped cilantro
1 tsp cinnamon


Mix all ingredients together in a large bowl, and leave for an hour to let the flavors blend. To make the kebabs, take small amounts of kefta (the beef) and shape them into cylinder or sausage shapes. Skewer the meat, squeezing it to mold to the skewer. You will need sword-skewers, and they can be purchased at your local Middle Eastern market.

Cook the meat (and tomatoes) over hot coals, about 5 minutes on each side (or longer until cooked through). Don't let the kebab dry out. Serve immediately. Grill tomatoes until the skins start to rip and some of the skin is charred.

Quick Saffron Rice: In a rice cooker combine rice and water and add a small pinch of saffron threads and 1/2 tsp tumeric. Stir together and let cook to perfection!

Yogurt Sauce: 1/2 cup plain yogurt, 1/2 cucumber (seeded and diced), 1/2 tsp minced garlic, 1/8 tsp salt, a couple sprinkles of pepper, and a shake or two of dried dill.

Question of the Day:
Have you ever had Middle Easter kebab?


  1. My husband is from Egypt so this is one of our favourite meal! Love it so much. Quick and delicious. And then you can add whatever spices you like - very spicy for him and less for me.

  2. Such a great ingredients and recipe! :D

  3. This sounds really good! I love kebabs. I don't think I've ever had any like this though!

  4. Never had a kebab like this! But I do love the idea of grilled tomatoes! Do you grow your own?

    On your question about the bacon on my post - I did bake it, though I'm not sure I'll do it again. It was spattering a lot in the oven, I think it smoked and smelled up the kitchen pretty bad, too. Cooking it on the stove is way easier, and though it cooks IN the fat, I still drain and and there is always so much fat left in the pan. Also, I splashed some hot fat on me when I took out the pan from the oven, so I thought that it was a little too dangerous for me to try again! Ha ha!

  5. Such a great recipe, I wonder if I could use ground turkey in place of the ground beef since I do not eat red meat! Thanks for sharing!

  6. Great recipe!! I wish we could have a grill, but living in a loft is not conducive to grilling. :(

  7. This looks delicious, Hannah! Can you believe I've never grilled tomatoes before?! Must get on that ASAP, I think ;) I am absolutely adding kebab to my list of "Must-grill-before-weather-gets-too-cold" items...

  8. seriously hannah? SERIOUSLY?!
    i click on your blog and the FIRST thing i see is that amazing picture. i could SMELL your dinner.
    and the colors!!! oh it looks so good. i can't wait for the future where i see a picture on the image and say, "get in mah bellay" and it will magically appear before me. because i'll bet you a million dollars i will have eaten EVERYTHING you've EVER blogged about. this is not a joke.

  9. I have to try this! We have been looking for something different to put on the bbq for ages now!

  10. Very delicious and I know you know the answer to your question. ;)

  11. We LOVE kebab!! My husband is Persian-Armenian so they are kebab eaters. I don't attempt to make it, because he is soo picky about his kebab. But every time we go to California we eat it like crazy.

  12. I wanna try this!!!! Looks delicious!:9

  13. I haven't ever had middle Eastern kebab, but this looks quite delicious! :)

  14. Ooh I love kabobs and yogurt sauce. These look delicious! Now I just have to find me some sword skewers!

  15. I love Middle Eastern Kebabs! I can't wait to try this out. With the yogurt sauce if you wanted to try something a little different...you could add ground cumin in it instead of pepper, you might be pleasantly surprised (or not!) :)

  16. Looks wonderful :')

  17. that is all kinds of yummy right there! :oD

  18. since moving to norway i have become really into kebab! there are many restaurants here that have it and it is nice to see it can be cooked at home :)