Kebab is the burger and hot dog all-in-one of the Middle East. It’s made from meat, fish or veggies (type varies based on tradition) mixed with herbs and spices, and then grilled or baked on a stick. Take any kebab recipe or just make up your own and try something new: cinnamon stick kebab! The cinnamon stick adds a wonderful flavor and a bit of fun to a classic dish.
Doner Kebab TIP: There are more kinds of kebabs than you would ever think. Each country, region and ethnic groups has its own traditions. One thing to know, however, is that the doner kebab is much different. In many places it’s called a shwarama. If you order a doner kebab, expect sliced up meat, not a stick of meat (pictured below).
Kebab TIP: You can put anything on a stick and call it a kebab. In our house, we like to eat a lot of different organ meats. Organ meats are inexpensive, healthy, holistic and ecological. We try to eat all parts of the animals, here is a more “exotic” selection of items we have used on kebab: chicken hearts, chicken liver, chicken kidneys, turkey testicles.
Vegetables are also great, just be sure to coat in a bit of olive oil or fat. Brain, sweetbreads and tripe are not good candidates for kebab! Read more on organ meat here.