Binnur's Turkish Cookbook - Delicious, healthy and easy-to-make Ottoman & Turkish recipes

Sunday, August 06, 2006

Simit Kebab

(Simit Kebabi)

Simit Kebab
Kofte Ingredients:
250 gr medium ground beef
1/3 cup Turkish bulgur, small grain
1 onion, grated
2 garlic cloves, mashed with salt
1 tsp crushed red pepper
1 tsp cumin
2 tbsp pine nuts
1 cup parsley, chopped
1 tsp salt
Pepper for taste

2-3 cubanelle pepper
2-3 tomatoes, halved

Mozzarella (Kashar cheese), grated
Pistachio, ground

Soak the bulgur in hot water for 10 minutes to get it softened. Drain and wash. Add the rest of the kofte ingredients and knead well. Leave it in the fridge for an hour. Make walnut sized balls. Arrange the meatballs on the skewers.

Preheat the barbecue or oven (grill). Place the skewers along with the peppers and tomato halves (inside up) on the grill tray. Place the tray on the second rack from the top of the oven. Make sure to turn the skewers so that all sides of the meatballs are cooked equally. Leave it in for about 20 minutes.

Place the pide (pita) on the service plates. Cut them in bite size. Arrange the Kebabs on the pides. Sprinkle grated Mozzarella (Kashar cheese) and pistachio over the tops of the Kebabs. Serve with roasted Cubanelle peppers and tomato halves.

Meal Ideas:
- Gavurdagi Salad, Ayran and Berries with White Chocolate Sauce.



At 1:51 PM, Blogger Amber said...

Have you made this recipe ahead of time (i.e. the night before)? If so, how did it work out? OK?

Thank you for the wonderful recipes!!

At 10:40 AM, Blogger Binnur said...

Hi Amber,
After kneading the ingredients, leave in the fridge just for an hour. It contains bulgur which absorbs all the water, that's why you shouldn't leave in the fridge overnight:)
Take care,

At 11:43 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

The simit kebabs were wonderful. The pine nuts added a different texture to the meat. The only thing I might do differently would be to slightly crush the pine nuts into pieces so that they don't fall out of the meat balls when eating them. Well, thanks for all your great recipes!!

At 10:40 AM, Blogger mlaframboise said...

My husband and I lived in Mylatya for 2 yrs and traveled all over Turkey enjoying many local foods and customs. Our favorite neighbourhood restaurant served Shish similar to a recipy in your cookbook. Reading through your cookbook opened a window to our past life their full of many warm and exciting memories of time spent their. Thank-you for having your cookbook on internet.

At 1:35 AM, Blogger Unknown said...

Merhaba Binnur, blogun cok guzel. Tariflerine bayildim.


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