Shish Kebab recipes are perfect during the Summer months. It's easily prepared and cooks in minutes. It also is a very practical dish as it can feed tons of people without having to spend a lot of money, especially if you stick to lower cost meats such as a beef chuck or chicken. I have lamb shish kebab recipes as well, so if you want a traditional Middle Eastern inspired dish, you'll need to try the lamb version. Lamb is a staple in Middle Eastern cultures. If you are a vegetarian, you can skip over the meats and go with my very basic veggie shish kebab recipe below. My recipes are very easy and does not use up a lot of ingredients. If you are lucky enough to be around a Middle Eastern grocery store, I strongly recommend purchasing a bag of pre-mixed seasoning blend. They have very specific ones for lamb, beef or chicken. For the vegetable recipe, I just used a little bit of salt and drizzled some extra virgin olive oil. That's it. Very easy, affordable and tasty!
Lamb can be a bit pricey, so you'll need to look for your grocery circulars for deals. If you have any Middle Eastern grocery stores nearby, I recommend going there for the lamb. Lamb is a staple in Middle Eastern cultures and you may be able to find better deals there. I purchased a whole boneless leg of lamb from Costco and cut it up into one inch pieces. I froze the rest for other dishes, so it was well worth the investment. If you do not like lamb, you can always use beef instead.
You will need the following:
You will first need to marinade the lamb or beef. Make sure the lamb or beef is cut into one inch pieces. Add 2-3 tablespoons of the seasoning blend mix, along with the 1 tablespoon of extra virgin olive oil. With your hands or with a big spoon, mix all of it together. Make sure the meat is covered with all the seasoning evenly. Once mixed, put into the fridge for at least one hour.
After one hour, take out the bowl with the meat and set aside. Let it come to room temperature. While you are waiting for this, start preheating your grill and prepare some side dishes. While you are preparing the side dishes, grab some skewers and place the meat onto them. Make sure to not over pack them and to space them out evenly.
Once they are on the skewers, place them on to the hot grill and cook for a total of 7-10 minutes depending on if you like it rare or more well done. Cook each side for up to 2-4 minutes.
To Serve: Serve hot with or without the skewers. To make it easier for your guests, you can take the meat off of the skewers and place onto a plate. You can pair it up with a healthy salad or my Turkish Bulgur or Turkish Rice recipes. You can add corn on the cob or whatever favorite veggies you like.
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