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Lula Kabobs

Yes, Lula Kabobs!

I was reading a book and they were serving Lula Kabobs

Although the story had nothing to do with food, I, of course, had to know what this was all about

Step in Google

Now there are Lula Kabobs, Lola Kabobs, Shami Kabobs, I mean all kinds of Kabobs (and the spellings can be Kabob, Kebab, Kabab, etc.,etc.)

I compared different recipes and decided to make a variation of an Armenian Lula Kabob, based on ingredients that spoke to me

Now typically you would use lamb, I’m using 3 pounds of ground turkey – you can use whatever ground meat you like

3 pounds of meat sounds like a lot,  but with kids and all of their activities in full swing, we’ll need some leftovers to keep up

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We will need 2 large eggs whisked together, 1 cup of plain breadcrumb, 1 large onion, 2 garlic cloves, 2 tablespoons of tomato paste, the juice from half of a lemon and some fresh parsley

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Add the tomato paste to the eggs and whisk them together

Then add to the meat along with the bread crumbs and finely chopped parsley

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Since these kabobs are smaller individual servings we wanted the onion and garlic to be small so it doesn’t over power them

So we placed the onion and garlic into a food processor and gave them a chop

Then we added that to the meat mix as well

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Next up are the spices

We used 1 tablespoon of smoked paprika, 1 tablespoon of chili powder, 2 teaspoons of cumin, 2 teaspoons of garlic powder, 2 teaspoons of onion powder, 2 teaspoons of kosher salt, 2 teaspoons of ground black pepper and around 1/2 teaspoon of freshly ground nutmeg

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Place all the ground ingredients into a bowl and then grate the fresh nutmeg in as well

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Whisk to combine

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Add the spice mix into the meat

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Using your hands gently fold all the ingredients together until thoroughly combined

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Line a baking sheet with wax paper that has been sprayed with cooking oil

Using a 1/2 cup measure, start scooping the meat mixture onto the pan into balls

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Then roll them between your palms (like you would do with clay, only more gently), until you have about 6-7 inch logs

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Repeat until the meat mixture is done

This yielded around 14 kabobs

Place these into a refrigerator for at least 30 minutes

This will make them easier to work with

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Now I’m not sure if I’m breaking any rules here, but I’m making a sauce for these

You will need 1 cup of plain Greek yogurt, 1/2 cup of ranch dressing, 1 teaspoon of Harissa, 2 grated garlic cloves, 1/2 teaspoon each of kosher salt and ground black pepper

Harissa, by the way is an interesting spicy paste made from chili peppers, paprika and olive oil, it adds a nice bite to the sauce (but not that big of a bite)

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Place all of this in a bowl

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Whisk until combined, then refrigerate to allow the flavors to meld

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Now it’s time to get the kabobs out of the refrigerator

We are using skewers which we soaked in water prior to help them not burn up to quickly on the grill

Push a skewer through each kabob

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We are going to grill these over high,  direct heat

I’m talking around 450 F, so once you put them on, don’t go mow your lawn or clean the pool

Make sure your grill grates are greased well, also spray the kabobs with some cooking oil

Place them on the grates on an angle to get some nice grill marks and cook 6-8 minutes

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Flip and cook another 4-6 minutes, (remember,  we’re using turkey here, which needs to be cooked through.  If using another meat, judge accordingly)

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Once cooked, remove and let rest 10 minutes

Remember to remove the skewers

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We served these family style with warm flat breads, sliced onion, cucumbers and tomatoes with our spicy yogurt sauce on the side!

Dig in!!!

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Enjoy!!!

Simply Sundays! ~ Lula Kabobs

  • Servings: Yields 14 Kabobs
  • Difficulty: Easy
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Ingredients

3 pounds of ground turkey

2 large eggs

1 cup of plain bread crumb

1 large onion

2 garlic cloves

2 tablespoons of tomato paste

1/2 of a lemon juiced

2 tablespoons of chopped fresh parsley

1 tablespoon of smoked paprika

1 tablespoon of chili powder

2 teaspoons of cumin

2 teaspoons of garlic powder

2 teaspoons of onion powder

2 teaspoons of kosher salt

2 teaspoons of ground black pepper

1/2 teaspoon of freshly ground nutmeg

For the sauce

1 cup of Greek yogurt

1/2 cup of ranch dressing

2 grated garlic cloves

1 teaspoon of Harissa (Or more if you like it spicier)

1 pinch each of kosher salt and ground black pepper

For serving

flat breads (warmed)

sliced red onion

sliced cucumbers

sliced tomato

Directions

Place the meat in a large bowl.  Add the tomato paste to the eggs and whisk them together.  Add to the meat along with the bread crumbs and finely chopped parsley.  Place the onion and garlic into a food processor and finely chop.  Add them to meat as well

Next add in 1 tablespoon of smoked paprika, 1 tablespoon of chili powder, 2 teaspoons each of cumin, garlic powder, onion powder, kosher salt and ground black pepper.  Also add in 1/2 teaspoon of freshly ground nutmeg

Using your hands, gently fold all the ingredients together until well combined.  Line a sheet pan with wax paper, sprayed with cooking oil.  Using a 1/2 cup measure, start measuring out scoops of the mixture.  Roll the mixture between your palms, until you form logs of 6-7  inches.  We yielded 14 kabobs.  Cover in cling wrap and chill at least 30 minutes to an hour

Heat your grill to high heat, around 450 F.  Cook the kabobs 6-8 minutes then flip and cook another 4-6 minutes or until cooked through.  Let rest for 10 minutes before serving

For the sauce

In a bowl whisk together 1 cup of Greek yogurt, 1/2 cup of ranch dressing, 2 grated garlic cloves, 1 teaspoon of Harissa and a pinch each of kosher salt and ground black pepper

Serve family style with warmed flat breads, sliced onion, cucumbers and tomatoes with the spicy yogurt sauce on the side

Tools used to make this recipe

Architec Carving Board, Gripperwood

KitchenAid 3-Speed Hand Blender

Mini Prep Glass Bowl

Pyrex Mixing Bowl

Royal Classique 10 Piece Stainless Steel Measuring Cups and Spoons Set with Silicone Handles

Wilton 3 Piece Cookie Sheet Set

OXO Good Grips Flat Wire Whisk

Stainless Steel Grater/zester

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