Prep 30 mins
Cook 15 mins
A delightfully tangy, healthy, eye catching serving. Sure to amaze your guests.
- 4 garlic cloves
- 1 tablespoon kosher salt, plus
- 1 pinch kosher salt
- 1 lb ground beef or 1 lb ground chicken or 1 lb ground turkey or 1 lb ground lamb
- 3 tablespoons onions, grated
- 3 tablespoons fresh flat-leaf parsley, chopped
- 1 tablespoon ground coriander
- 1 teaspoon ground cumin
- 1⁄2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- 1⁄2 teaspoon ground allspice
- 1⁄4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
- 1⁄4 teaspoon ground ginger
- olive oil, for brushing the grill
Tzatziki (Greek yogurt and cucumber sauce)
- 1 cup plain yogurt
- 1⁄2 medium cucumber, peeled
- 2 teaspoons kosher salt, plus a pinch
- 1⁄2 garlic clove
- 1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
- 1 teaspoon lemon juice
- 1⁄2 teaspoon dried mint
- warmed pita bread
- Smash and peel the garlic cloves, sprinkle with a generous pinch of salt, and, with the flat side of a large knife, mash and smear mixture to a coarse paste. Mix the paste and the remaining 1 tablespoon salt with the meat, onion, parsley, and spices.
- Divide the meat mixture into 20 rough balls. Mold each piece around the pointed end of a skewer (if you use wooden ones, soak them in water for 15 minutes before threading them), making a 2-inch oval kebab that comes to a point just covering the tip of the skewer. Lay the skewers on a pan, cover, and refrigerate for at least 30 minutes and up to 12 hours.
- Heat a grill pan over medium heat or prepare a grill. Brush the pan lightly with olive oil. Working in batches, grill the kebabs, turning occasionally to get pleasing grill lines , until cooked through, about 12 minutes.
- If you're using plain whole milk yogurt, line a small sieve with a coffee filter. Put the yogurt in it, set it over a bowl, and refrigerate 12 hours. Discard the expressed liquid and put yogurt in the bowl.
- Grate the cucumber on the large holes of a box grater into another bowl. Sprinkle with the 2 teaspoons salt and rub into the cucumber with your hands. Set aside 20 minutes, then squeeze the cucumbers to express as much liquid as possible.
- Smash the garlic, sprinkle with a generous pinch of salt, and, with the flat side of a large knife, mash and smear the mixture to a coarse paste. Stir the cucumber, garlic, olive oil, lemon juice, and mint into the yogurt. Refrigerate for at least 1 hour before serving.
- To serve, lay out two kebabs on individual plates, flnked by a pita and a dollup of the sauce. Each guest should spoon some tzatziki into a pita and insert two kebabs.
I made this recipe for a party and got a lot of good comments. I used 1/2 tsp salt and less cinnamon.
These came out really yummy, but very salty. The tatziki sauce helped balance it out though. Next time I'll use a teaspoon of salt instead of a tablespoon.