Za'atar Beef/Lamb Kabobs with Tzatziki Sauce
Yield - 4 Individual Kabobs
This recipe is designed for a 4 person serving... BUT... a good catering chef could very easily expand it to serve 100 people!
3/4 LB FRESH LEAN GROUND BEEF (See Chef Notes)
1/4 LB GROUND LEG OF LAMB
2 TBSP GREEN ZA'ATAR SEASONING (See Chef Notes)
2 TBSP EXTRA VIRGIN OLIVE OIL (Divided)
LOT 10" THICK BAMBOO SKEWERS (Water soaked over night)
8 - 6 INCH FRESH PITA BREADS
Garnish and Plate Ingredients
CARROT (Peeled, and Julienned into 3" long sticks then marinated in Rice
1 DAIKON RADISH (Peeled, and Julienned into 3" long sticks and marinated in Rice Wine Vinegar)
Place carrot and daikon juliennes in a small bowl with vinegar. (This should be done hours or even days before serving)
LOT Sprigs of FRESH SWEET BASIL and MINT LEAVES
1 MEDIUM SIZED CUCUMBER (Peeled, deseeded, and julienned into 3" long sticks)
1/2 CUP KALAMATA OLIVES (Pitted)
1/2 CUP TZATZIKI (Cucumber/Yogurt Dip) (See Recipe)
In a stainless steel bowl combine the first 3 ingredients and 1 TBSP Olive Oil. Divide the meat into 4 equal amounts, then form them around the skewers into a hot dog shape.
Grill the skewers over a very hot grill .... baste them with brushes of the remaining olive oil. Do NOT Overcook!!... This is a very lean meat and will taste dry if over grilled.
Remove skewers from grill and allow to rest for a couple of minutes. Meanwhile, grill pitas.
Garnish with the above.... Allow guests to choose their own garnish supplements, and serve with
tabled Extra Virgin Olive Oil and Balsamic Vinegar. See pic below!
This recipe is not a traditional Middle Eastern recipe, Well DUH! BUT look at the pic on the right.... It makes for a fantastic summer grill. Check out the long shadows... tzatziki sauce... fresh mint leaves... cucumber, daikon and carrot sticks!! WOW!!
I LOVE Za'atar seasonings!! This is a dried seasoning pack that I get from my local Arab market. It is a combined seasoning mix with mostly dried roasted thyme, sesame seeds and oregano. AND!!! it is only $3.00 for an entire pound!!
Middle Eastern food is fantastic!!! (gifs courtesy of Linda Sawaya and Saudi Aramco World)
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