Kebab Dinner + Recipes
I don’t usually post recipes but made this for friends on a trip and thought I’d share!
I have been staying at my friends’ place while I’m in Vancouver. I decided to make them a kebab dinner and wanted to use what they had in the house. They had some chicken breast and ingredients for a Middle Eastern inspired dinner. All I had to buy were skewers which I was able to pick up at the dollar store. I love bamboo skewers but I never have luck with them. They always burn on me so metal skewers it is!
First, I cut up the chicken into small cubes. I threw the cubes back into a bowl and added some olive oil, lemon juice, salt, pepper and Greek seasoning. If you don’t have a specific Greek seasoning I would add in thyme, basil, oregano, marjoram and dried onion. I threw in some minced garlic and two heaping tablespoons of plain greek yogurt. I am very horrible at measuring things so I just sort of throw things in with careless abandon and hope for the best. I let it sit in the bowl in the fridge to marinate for a bit. Marinating for a while is even better so all these dishes can be made the day/night before.
Then I skewer up the chicken onto metal skewers leaving a good amount of room on the bottom so that I can grab them with a glove or tongs.
Ta da! Chicken kebab!
Then I made mast o khiar better known to those familiar with Greek food as tzatziki. I got a cucumber and grated it with my friend’s mandolin. I usually use a cheese grater. I then throw the grated cucumber into a sieve to take out all the excess water. I then throw a small tub of Greek yogurt and poured it out into a bowl. I mix the cucumber with the yogurt. Then I throw in a tablespoon of garlic, some dried mint leaves, some dried dill and salt it. I let that sit in the fridge also. Taste and test to make sure it’s how you like it.
Then I chop up the vegetables. I kept the veggies separate from the meat because I don’t like things to cook unevenly. I put them in a bowl and threw the same seasonings as the chicken.
I let those marinate for a bit as well and then skewered them.
I then made some lemon potatoes. I cut up little potatoes into halves so that they cook better. I then threw in a bit of olive oil, lemon juice, salt, pepper, oregano, and garlic. I threw those into a Ziploc and let them marinate as well.
Once they were marinated I threw them into a grill pan. I didn’t want to lose the marinade so I lined the pan with foil.
I turned on the barbecue to full blast to heat it up. It had 3 burners so I turned off the 2 sides and left the middle on. I started the potatoes first as they take longer to cook. If I cooked them inside an oven it would take at least 30-45 minutes. This probably took 15. I cooked the kebab and veggies on the side on the indirect heat. Toasted pita was also added to the dish.
When each chicken kebab skewer was done, I threw them quickly on the flame for some grill marks. I plated the food and served to delighted friends. See photo above. I have some kebab leftovers so it looks like chicken pita for lunch tomorrow!