Thursday, February 16, 2017

Syrian Beef Kabobs

To represent Syria in our 7 Countries Dinner, I made Syrian Beef Kabobs.  We've had similar kabobs before, when we had an Afghan food night once.  These Syrian kabobs paired beautifully with all of our other food, and we really enjoyed them.

Syrian Beef Kabobs
adapted from Food

2 lbs fatty ground beef, like chuck (I used half lean, half fatty)
4 tablespoons tomato paste
2⁄3 cup minced onion
2 teaspoons salt
1 lemon, juiced
1⁄2 teaspoon cinnamon
2 dashes cayenne
1 tablespoon ground allspice
1⁄3 cup pine nuts
oil, to brush on grill rack
lemon wedges, for serving
pita, for serving, optional

1.  Combine all ingredients but oil, lemon wedges, pita and salad in a bowl, and knead very well into a paste. (I combined ingredients in my food processor- was easiest way to make it pasty.)

2.  Hold a flat metal skewer - not nonstick, and at least 12 inches long - point up in one hand. Dip other hand in a bowl of water, take a handful of meat mixture and form it around base of skewer in a small sausage shape with pointed ends. Repeat, working your way up the skewer. Each skewer should hold three or four kebabs. (You can also just form meat into large patties.)

3.  Lay finished skewers on a sheet pan, and smooth kebabs with fingers, making sure they are fairly smooth and secured on skewers. Refrigerate at least 1 hour.

4.  Prepare charcoal grill, or turn gas grill to medium-low. Spray or brush oil on clean grill rack, and set within a few inches of the fire. Fire should not be too hot, and rack should be at least several inches from heat source.

5.  When rack is heated through, gently squeeze the kebabs to be sure they are secure on the skewers, and place skewers on grill. Meat should start sizzling gently; it should not spit and turn black. Cook undisturbed until deep brown, at least 7 minutes. When meat lifts easily from grill, slide a spatula under kebabs and turn over. Continue grilling until browned on both sides and juicy, but cooked through, 10 to 15 minutes total. Serve hot with lemon wedges and pita that has been warmed on the grill. 

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1 comment:

Debbie Carter said...

Those look delicious! Pinning!