Summer for me and my family used to mean endless cooking opportunities outside and the rest of the following day scrubbing down a dirty, grimy BBQ. I know what you’re all thinking, “you live in California, you can cook outside anytime and BBQ cleaning isn’t that bad!” True. But, I’m not sure if cooking and cleaning outside is a prerequisite for delicious summer food and great get-togethers.
Last week I decided to cook outside food inside on Aroma’s Super Pot™ 3-in-1 Indoor Grill. After a superb grilled meal enjoyed on the patio with family and friends, I was relieved at not having to scrub down the BBQ. Aroma’s Super Pot™ is dishwasher safe and very easy to clean. Last night’s meal outside was the best of both worlds—eating al fresco and cooking in the convenience of my own kitchen.
I decided to try something new and it was a hit, which I knew it would be because it combined just the right elements for success. Most kids (and adults too) love food on a stick, and everyone likes hamburgers. So, hamburgers on a stick should be a guaranteed favorite, right? A “hamburger on a stick” is also called a Kofta, which is a very popular food in Middle Eastern countries. I’m so glad I have friends who shared this amazing recipe with me. Here’s some of what you will need for this Middle Eastern feast: yogurt dip, salad and pita bread or flatbread of some sort. If you have an ethnic market in your neighborhood, now is a great time to go and play tourist. You can find the below ingredients in a regular grocer as well, but I am big on checking out local little grocers when I can.
This meal will not just amaze your family, but makes a great party offering at your next get-together. Plus, the best part is that it’s super easy to prepare.
1 lb of ground beef or lamb
1 onion, chopped
3 cloves of garlic, chopped
1/4 cup each of fresh chopped parsley, cilantro, rosemary, mint and basil
1 tbsp each of cumin, coriander and cinnamon
1-2 tbsp of salt and pepper
2 eggs, beaten
1 cup breadcrumbs
20 bamboo skewers
In a blender or food processor chop together the onion, garlic and all herbs. In a separate bowl mix the beef or lamb with the eggs, spices and bread crumbs. Add chopped onion, herb and garlic mixture to the bowl and make sure to mix well but not too hard as this will give you hard koftas instead of juicy, moist ones. Form palm size meatballs and insert skewers through while elongating mixture along the stick to achieve the look in the picture. Place the ready koftas in the refrigerator for 30 minutes to cool as this will make them easier to grill. Heat your grill and grill until done on all sides. Serve with yogurt dip and salad.
16 oz of Greek-style yogurt
2 cups of grated and squeezed dry cucumber
2 cloves of chopped garlic
salt and pepper to taste
Mix all ingredients together and season with salt and pepper. This can be made 8 hours ahead of time and stored in a refrigerator.
MIDDLE EASTERN SALAD
2 English cucumbers, cut into bite-sized pieces
6 large tomatoes, cut into bite-sized pieces
1 mild onion, cut into bite-sized pieces
2 cloves of garlic, chopped
1/4 cup of fresh squeezed lemon juice
1/4 cup of olive oil
salt and pepper to taste
Mix all ingredients together and toss. Serve with warm bread.
Over to You
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