posted on May, 14 2009 @ 08:12 PM
I am Middle Eastern on my mother's side.
But she was a Country cook, midwest style.
Meat and potatoes, standard salads. Etc.
A middle Eastern Mother making "Middle Western" food
I've had various Mediterranean foods before. I really like the different flavoring styles.
Plus there are some VERY healthy ingredients involved.
I tried my hand at Kafta Kabobs the other night.
I must say they turned out GREAT, for my first attempt.
You'll need 1 pound lean Hamburger.
1 onion, a white onion is best.
Cumin (I added this as a test)
Kabob skewers. flat ones, not the round ones..this aids in turning the meat.
Wash you hands because you'll be mixing this with them.
Mince the parsley, garlic, onion. Mince it into very fine pieces.
Add the minced ingredients to the hamburger. Knead it in, while also adding the Allspice, Cumin, garlic powder. I'm not listing amounts because I
like it spicy.
but a few tablespoons of Allspice at the very least. a few pinches of Cumin..And a few shakes each of Garlic powder, salt and pepper.
After all the ingredients are mixed well, cover and let it sit in the fridge while the spices infuse. (for an hour or so)..
Get your Grill ready. we've got a rangetop grill which is nice, but it's not charcoal.
Charcoal would be best.
(apologies to Hank Hill).
Spray a bit of oil on the grill before you fire it up..this also aids in turning the meat.
As the Grill gets hot..Start putting the meat mixture onto the skewers. just wrap it onto the skewers, like you are making hamburger Popsicles. it
should be a half inch, to three quarter inch layer all the way around the stick. As for the length of your Popsicle.
Make it a little longer than whatever You'll be wrapping the finished product into 9to compensate for shrinkage). It could be a Pita, or I used
tortillas because that's what I had..
When the grill is hot, put the kabobs on. Medium high is good.
A lot of the fat will render out, and drip away. Which is good news.
Have a spatula handy when you do the first turn..some of the meat might stick. Just slide the spatula under to loosen it. Cook all the way through.
You can tell if it's done by squeezing the meat a little. if it feels mushy, it's not quite done.
Take them off the grill
Slide them off the stick.
put it on a pita (or tortilla)
I topped them with 3 simple ingredients. Diced tomatoes, lettuce, and a slightly watered down non-fat sour cream sauce (sour cream, garlic power,
Roll it up and enjoy!!
You can also use lamb, Ground turkey, whatever. You can also get creative with the seasonings. Once you have a good supply of the seasonings this is a
VERY CHEAP meal.
If I wasn't clear on anything, or you have other suggestions or questions, feel free to ask.
mm mm good..