Unlike families, to misquote the hole line of a well-known Russian novel,, each satisfied kebab is delicious in its personal way. There are countless variations around the globe, but they’re all primarily based round a fatty, juicy, unctuous piece of meat on a skewer and a set of condiments which might be preferably matched to it, in addition to to every different. Today’s dish became dreamed up at a Turkish restaurant in north London where the meat is powerful and generously flavoured, and the condiments – rich, sharp and splendidly complex – are fit for a (very happy) sultan.
Lamb and beef kebabs
Thanks to their high fats content material, you can smell precise kebabs cooking from a notable distance. These are no exception, so a sturdy extractor or an outdoor grill will serve you nicely. Working the beef in a mixer for a couple of minutes makes it firmer and chewier, in an excellent manner.
If you could, serve these with the candy-and-sour onions and roast potatoes under. For me, that’s a dreamy mixture, but if you’re seeking to save yourself some work, a easy chopped salad, pitta and Greek yoghurt or tahini sauce will be truely excellent, too.
Pulse the pepper, onion and garlic in a meals processor some instances till very finely chopped however not pureed. Set apart, draining off any extra liquid that could have accumulated.
Put the lamb, red meat, suet, spices, blitzed vegetables and two teaspoons of salt into the bowl of a stand mixer with the paddle connected. Work on medium pace till the combination begins sticking to the perimeters of the bowl – approximately a minute. Add a tablespoon of ice-bloodless water and mix for another five minutes, until you have got a sticky mass. Chill for at least 30 minutes (or overnight, if you’re getting beforehand).
Divide the mixture into 8 balls of approximately 120g each. With a small bowl of cold water beside you, moist your fingers and form the kebab mixture around the skewers, distributing it flippantly until you’ve got kofta about 24cm lengthy x 2½cm thick. Smooth out any holes or tears, then region on an oven tray lined with greaseproof paper (refrigerate in case you’re now not cooking them without delay).
Put a nicely-greased griddle pan on a high heat. Once hot, grill the kofta in two batches, until charred on the outdoor and just cooked through (regulate the warmth as essential) – about 8 to 10 minutes a batch. Put the grilled kebabs at once on pinnacle of the onions (see the recipe below), if making, so the juices drip on to the onions (or just placed them on a massive platter), and serve right now.
Sweet-and-sour onion petals
These onions, swimming in a tart pomegranate syrup, are served in many Turkish restaurants with grilled meats, due to the fact they reduce thru the fattiness like a knife. They’re additionally amazing on their own, with feta or young goat’s cheese crumbled on pinnacle.
Heat the oven to 220C (200C fan)/425F/gas 7. In a large bowl, toss the onions with tablespoons of oil, a quarter-teaspoon of salt and a terrific grind of pepper. Transfer to a baking tray covered with greaseproof paper and roast for about 30 minutes, stirring once or twice, until softened and charred, then leave to cool.
While the onions are roasting, carry the pomegranate juice to a boil in a medium saucepan on a medium-excessive warmth. Turn down the heat, then simmer for about 12 mins, or until the liquid has decreased to about 70ml and is the consistency of a free maple syrup. Leave to cool; it’s going to thicken as it sits. Meanwhile, in a small bowl, mix the chives with the remaining 45ml oil and a terrific pinch of salt.
Pour the pomegranate syrup directly to a massive platter with a lip, and swirl it around to cover maximum of the plate. Use your arms loosely to separate the onions into person petals, then scatter them haphazardly over the syrup. Spoon over the chive oil and serve with the grilled kebabs (see preceding recipe).
Roast potatoes with aïoli and buttered pine nuts
Kebab-shop chips with mayo are the foundation here. These are ideal along my kebabs and the candy-and-sour onions, but additionally they paintings in any context that calls for roast potatoes or a mayo-based totally potato salad, due to the fact they’re a hybrid of the two. There’s a beneficiant sauce-to-potato ratio, which is precisely what you need with a kebab. If you could’t get toddler new potatoes, use regular new potatoes and reduce them into three or 4 slices every.