Lamb Kebab
and Shish Kebabs

Lamb kebab is a favorite meal or appetizer that comes from the Mediterranean or the Middle East.

The traditional meat for a kebab is lamb, but you can use a variety of meats or seafood.

Shish kebabs are usually associated with marinated cubes of meat and vegetables on skewers. In the Middle East, kebabs include other variations such as ground meat with spices on a skewer.

This variation reminds me of a skinny meatloaf on a stick!

How to Make Pakistani Kebabs

Kebab Ingredients:

  • 2 pounds Ground Meat (grass fed beef or lamb)
  • 2 medium Yellow Onions (finely chopped)
  • 1/4 cup Organic Cilantro & Mint (freshly chopped)
  • 2 medium Green Chilis (blend and make a paste)
  • Cumin powder, Coriander powder, Cayenne pepper, and Sea Salt (to taste)
  • 1 Tbsp. of Ginger Garlic Paste

Indian Dip Ingredients:

  • 1 cup of Whole Plain Yogurt (Indian yogurt or a raw yogurt)
  • Chopped Fresh Cilantro, Mint, and 1 or 2 Green Chilis (blend together to make a paste)

Combine yogurt and paste in a bowl.  Optional: add salt or thin with water.

Instructions:

Squeeze out the excess liquid from the chopped onions (preferably using a cheesecloth or just use your hands).

Add ingredients to a bowl and mix together with your hands - refrigerate for 3 hours to marinate meat.

Then remove from fridge and shape a mound of marinated meat on a skewer by spreading and squeezing with your hand.

Then place the "meat on skewers" on a baking pan with an oiled rack.

Bake in an oven set at 350 to 400 degrees F for approximately 15 to 20 minutes or until done.

Be sure to turn the "meat on skewers" when half way done and brush with a little good quality oil.

Use a good quality ground lamb to make lamb kebabs.

The ideal fat content would be around 20% fat and you can even mix ground lamb with ground beef to make this "meat on a skewer" kebab.

You can make a longer and thinner kebab or make a shorter and thicker kebab. It is really up to you and you can even omit the skewers if you don't have any.

Lebanese Lamb Kebabs

This type of lamb kebab would be great for a small get together or a family party.  Serve the lamb kebabs with a dip or some hummus along with some pita bread and you have a delicious, but simple Mediterranean meal.

Also, throw in some fresh tomatoes and other vegetables to round off this Mediterranean type of meal that will create memories for all that partake.

Beef Shish Kebabs

Ingredients:

  • 2.2 lbs. of Beef Tenderloin Fillet or Top Sirloin (cubed)
  • 1/2 a Red Onion (cut into large pieces)
  • 3 Firm Ripe Organic Tomatoes (cut into quarters)
  • 2 Sweet Red, Orange, or Yellow Peppers (cut into large pieces)
  • 1 Tbsp. Garlic Cloves (minced)
  • 1 Tbsp. Chopped Organic Cilantro
  • 1 tsp. Sea Salt (or to taste)
  • 1/2 tsp. Ground Black Pepper
  • 1/4 cup Organic & "Real" Extra Virgin Olive Oil

Instructions:

To a bowl add minced garlic, chopped cilantro, seasoning, and a good quality olive oil - mix together.

Then add in the cubed meat and mix again - let meat marinate for a few minutes.

Alternate meat with the vegetables and tomatoes on a metal skewer.

Then grill your beef shish kebabs for 12 to 15 minutes on your hot grill.

Be sure to turn skewer every 3 minutes to keep vegetables from charring too much.

My father makes a really simple and great tasting beef shish kebab that he cooks on the grill.  And he is a grill master!

Marinate your cubes of meat before putting them through a skewer for extra flavor and some people like to brush on a marinade or sauce while the kebabs are cooking.

I have no idea where you would find skewers that look more like swords, but maybe a specialty kitchen shop would be able to order some for you.

Grilling or barbecuing seems to be the most popular and fastest way to cook shish kebabs.

Stainless steel and wooden skewers are probably the most common choices for skewers. Just be sure to soak your wooden skewers 20 to 30 minutes before using them.

U.S. Wellness Meats carries a variety of quality grass fed meats. You can find ground meats as well as a variety of choice cuts.

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