I have been a fan of kebabs and Mediterranean food since I met my husband in 1999. We had a couple of kebab places we frequented near our home in the Washington, DC, suburb of Herndon, that we still really miss four years later. In Seattle we did found a Mediterranean restaurant we loved but they didn’t quite get it right with the kebabs and Middle Eastern restaurants are few and far between in Seattle. Here is Luxembourg we have yet to find a restaurant that makes kebabs. They do sell a lot of lamb at the boucherie (butcher) so I decided to make my own today in celebration of spring. Springtime and BBQ go hand in hand and it is a beautiful day.
Here is how you can make these simple kebabs. You can make them with beef or chicken too since not everyone loves lamb.
Simply take the meat and cube it into sizes around 1 to 1 1/2 inches (4 cm). Take about 2 teaspoons of Moroccan or Middle Eastern spice blend and put into a bowl. The Moroccan spice blend I used included tumeric, cumin, paprika, coriander, onion and cinnamon. Also add a little bit of salt to taste. I will not be an overpowering blend so don’t be afraid to cover the meat in the spices.
Next take the meat and put it on skewers alternating with tomatoes, onions, mushrooms or zucchini. I didn’t have zucchini or mushrooms on hand today but they are great as kebabs.
The kebabs cook very well on the grill or in the oven for a rainy day.
For my Mediterranean Rice it was also simple. I made the rice as usual and when it was either keep it in the pan or put into another bowl. Put slivers of butter on top and then sprinkle your favorite Indian/Mediterranean spice blend. The blends we used is called Sahara and it includes: coriander, onion, garlic, cumin, sea salt, paprika, turmeric, cumin, fennel, pepper, mustard and chili. You can mix it when you serve it.
We also served our lunch today with Naan Bread, which I bought at the store. Naan Bread is to die for if you can find it fresh and well cooked at a restaurants. It is not something I have tried and it is usually cooked in a special oven. But, this was great just heated up for warmth in the oven. We loved the Trader Joe’s Naan Bread and miss it dearly.
For veggies we had Cucumbers, which are refreshing with the lamb meat, carrots and Mallorcan cheese from our recent vacation in Spain.