A marriage of Middle Eastern and Chinese influence, these earthy, spicy, and pungent lamb skewers deliver such a unique flavor that they seem persistently exciting.
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A gift from the gods, halloumi—a semi-soft cheese from Cyprus made for grilling or pan-frying—is skewered alongside red onion, tomato, and zucchinis to create a delicious fresh and salty meal on a stick.
Kofte Kebabs are traditionally made with lamb, however, ground beef or pork can be substituted. Harissa is a Tunisian spice pasted made from piri-piri peppers. If you can't find it, any fresh chili sauce will do, such as sambal oelek.
Lamb is a great meat to toss on the grill in the summer—it takes to a bit of smoke and char. These kebabs are simply rubbed then grilled and served alongside a simple Israeli couscous dressed with a lemon vinaigrette. If you can't find Israeli (sometimes called pearl) couscous, regular couscous also works perfectly well in this dish. Ask your butcher for a recommendation on what type of meat would work best for kebabs; leg of lamb has always worked well for me.
Before coming across this recipe for Al Halabi Style Kebabs with Potato Moutabel in Silvena Rowe's Purple Citrus & Sweet Perfume, I had never really thought about meat and potatoes existing in Eastern Mediterranean cuisine. But these skewers of ground lamb mixed with finely chopped peppers, mushrooms, and nuts served over tahini and yogurt mashed potatoes are exactly that.
Despite my love/hate relationship with skewered meat, the Moorish influenced spice mixture adorning the pork in these Pinchos Morunos creates a type of meat-on-a-stick that I can sure get behind.
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Moist and wonderfully flavored, these chicken skewers are among some of the best I've ever had. The spice comes from the crushed red pepper and the tang from the vinegar and lemon.