After publishing the rooster kebab recipe, a reader requested for a beef kebab recipe, however not one made with chunks of meat however with spiced floor meat. I’m certain what he’s asking for are kofta kebabs. This center japanese kebab is typical road meals made with floor beef and loads of herbs and spices.
Right here’s my model of kofta kebabs. Now make certain and style a pattern (microwaved) earlier than you set the bottom meat combination on skewers. That method, it’s straightforward to punch up the flavour with extra onion, spices and herbs.
Grilled kofta kebabs
8 lengthy skewers
2 kilos floor beef (I’ve used floor chuck or floor spherical)
1 small onion, grated 1/2 cup or so
3 cloves garlic, minced
1-1/2 teaspoons salt
1 teaspoon floor cumin
3/4 teaspoon black pepper
3/4 to 1 teaspoon every: dried oregano and basil
Palmful contemporary mint, minced
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon floor cayenne pepper
Handful contemporary parsley, minced
Soak skewers, if utilizing picket, in water whereas getting ready kofta.
In massive bowl, gently mash beef with potato masher or picket spoon to interrupt up. Add remaining elements and blend gently till nicely mixed.
This may be performed a number of hours forward.
Pinch off a bit piece and microwave. Modify seasonings if mandatory.
Divide combination into 8 items.
Kind each bit right into a ball across the tip of every skewer.
Flatten every one onto the skewer, making the kebabs about 4-5” lengthy. Pinch the highest and backside edges to seal onto the skewer.
Brush kebabs with olive oil.
Brush grill evenly with olive oil.
Preheat to medium excessive, 375 levels.
Grill kebabs till desired doneness, turning a number of instances.
Yield: 8 kebabs
I served mine with a facet of tabouleh and toasted pita with zaatar.
Possibly you’d prefer to serve the kebabs with a dollop of tzatziki sauce and hummus.
Zaatar is a spice mix with sumac and herbs, like oregano, thyme, salt and marjoram. Some recipes, like mine, name for sesame seeds.
I retailer mine within the freezer for longer shelf life.
The sumac imparts a lemony taste. Use this recipe as a information. For those who don’t like sesame, go away it out.
2 tablespoons floor sumac
1 tablespoon every: dried oregano, marjoram and thyme (for those who can’t discover marjoram, up the oregano to 1-1/2 tablespoons)
1/2 teaspoon salt
Sesame seeds to style – begin with a great teaspoon or so (optionally available)
Simply combine the whole lot up collectively.
To make use of on pita bread, brush bread with olive oil and sprinkle on zaatar.