Thursday, April 21, 2011

Kebabs with Hummus and Chili Sauce

These are made with lamb, but you could probably substitute the lamb for chicken or pork. Lamb has a stronger flavor than chicken or pork, but in this recipe, I thought it tasted a lot like grilled pork. I would have never known if I hadn't made it myself. I thought this was a good recipe to try the week leading up to Easter.
My husband spent a few years in Denmark, and his favorite fast food was Kebabs. Döner Kebabs. Not to be confused with American Kebabs, (which are not really American, but what is?). They are Turkish in origin, and refined in Germany by Turkish immigrants. In Denmark, Kebab shops are all over, and very popular. Kebabs are similar to Gyros and Shawarmas but each is slightly different depending on the shop. Unfortunately, they are difficult to get around here. (If anybody knows of a Kebab restaurant in Utah Valley, let us know!) He's been wanting me to make some, so to satisfy his craving I made these the other night. They were absolutely delicious, and he even thought they tasted somewhat authentic. There are so many recipes out there that it is difficult to pick one. If you are looking for something different you should give these a try sometime. The hummus is optional, but I love pita bread and hummus, and having the recipe on here makes it easier for me to find when I need it.


1-2 lbs. lamb meat
2 cloves garlic minced
2 tsp. salt
1 tsp pepper
1 tsp. allspice
2 tsp. oregano
1 tsp. cinnamon
1/2 onion, chopped
1/3 cup olive oil
juice of 1 lemon

Marinade the meat for 30-50 min. Grill for several minutes on both sides, until cooked through. Slice into thin slices.

Chili Sauce

1 tsp. chili flakes, or a few dried red chilies
1/2 tsp black pepper
1/4 tsp. salt
2 Tb. olive oil
1 Tb. balsamic vinegar
4 Tb. tomato sauce

Mix all the ingredients together, and pulse in a blender.


3 cups garbanzo beans or chick peas
1 roasted red bell pepper (optional)
3/4 tsp. minced garlic
1/2 tsp. salt
1/4 tsp. crushed red pepper flakes
2 Tb. water
4-6 Tb. fresh lemon juice
4 Tb. oil
1/4 tsp cumin
1/8 tsp. pepper

Blend all ingredients in blender. Garnish with paprika and parsley if desired.

Putting it all together

Pita bread
Lettuce, shredded
Cucumbers, sliced
Onions, thinly sliced into rings, or half rings

Place the meat, lettuce, cucumber, and onion in middle of pita bread and fold up like a taco. (This is how they eat these. We actually cut our pita in half, and stuffed it with everything.) Drizzle some of the chili sauce over everything. Serve with some hummus and chili sauce for dipping. (I also drizzled a little bit of Greek yogurt over mine.)

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