A slight breeze on the Hudson as the bright sun rejuvenates our souls; Everyone outside enjoying the beautiful weather after such a long and hard winter. It’s a perfect day for a picnic. The days are getting longer, the temperatures are divine, so it is time to bring out the barbeque!
What are we cooking today? Köfte Kebabs are what’s on the menu! This is a Turkish dish which is made from minced lamb, parsley and mint cooked on a stick for easy barbequing. This is usually called Köfte Kebab or şiş Kebab, but we all know it to be called, shish-kebab. Kebabs can be enjoyed with rice and a salad.
A nice salad to enjoy with the kebabs is an onion and parsley salad. Yes, onion. Don’t worry; there is a special spice to mix with the salad that takes away the strong taste of the onion. It’s a delicious addition to the kebabs when put between pita bread or enjoyed within a wrap. It is called Sumac.
These kebabs are fulfilling, very satisfying and amazingly delicious. If you forget to breathe between bites, you may have to drink a lot of dandelion tea to help along with digestion since this is a heavy dish. The spices are a perfect combination to make it spicy yet enjoyable.
Take out that barbeque today and find a big blanket. Go out to the nearest park and enjoy some kofte kebabs. They are easy to cook and even easier to eat! Some places where you can find these yummy meats are:
Turkish Halal Meat and Grocery Market
7919 5th Avenue
(between 79th St & 80th St)
Brooklyn, NY 11209
77th St (R)
59 Maiden Ln
(between Nassau St & William St)
New York, NY 10038
Fulton St-Broadway-Nassau (2, 3, 4, 5, A, C, J, M, Z)
World Trade Ctr-Park Pl (2, 3, A, C, E)
Rector St-Trinity Pl (R, W)
For the delicious salad, you will need:
- A red onion
- Large tomato
- Sumac spice
- Bunch of parsley
First, peel the onion of its first outer layer. Then cut the onion length-wise so that you have long pieces of the onion to use. Cut the tomatoes into chunks. Use the whole bunch of parsley and cut. Mix together well. Sprinkle a generous amount of sumac over the salad and mix again. The sumac will take away the strong taste of the onion once the salad is all mixed together.
The idea is, once the kebabs are done from the grill, place the meat and the salad inside the bread, squeeze with fresh lemon and ENJOY!
Some places where you can find the sumac spice are:
Dual Specialty Store
91 1st Avenue
NY, NY 10003
3727 74th Street
Jackson Heights, NY 11372
The best suggestion is to take the train out to Jackson Heights, Queens and stroll around the different spice markets. You are bound to find the spice you are searching for there!