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Thursday, September 25, 2008

Elbasan Kebab

(Kuzu Elbasan Kebabi / Elbasan Tava / Yogurtlu Guvec)

Elbasan Kebab
2 pieces of Lamb leg or shoulder blade chops
1 tbsp butter
1 onion, peeled, whole
4 cups hot water
1/s tsp oregano

1/2 cup plain Turkish yogurt
2 tbsp flour, all purpose
1 egg yolk

1 tbsp butter
1 tbsp tomato paste
1/2 tsp paprika

Fry both sides of the lamb pieces with 1 tbsp butter for about 3 minutes. Add the whole onion, 4 cups hot water, salt and pepper in it. Turn the heat to high. When the water starts bubbling, turn the heat down to low. Cook the lamb pieces for about 2 hours until between 3/4 - 1 cups of water is left.

Place the cooked lamb pieces in an oven dish. Strain the water all over and sprinkle some oregano over the top. Whisk the all Sauce ingredients in a small bowl, pour over the lamb pieces.

Meanwhile, melt the butter in a small sauce pan. Add the tomato paste and paprika. Pour all over the yogurt sauce.

Preheat the oven to 400 F (200 C). Place the dish on middle rack of the oven and cook for 25-30 minutes. Serve Elbasan Kebab while still warm.

2 servings.



At 4:10 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hi, i am an albanian and i loved all your recipes which we use a lot in my country, i mean turkish cuisine in general. Happy and curios to see a typical albanian recipe here (Elbasan is a city in albania). This recipe has few changes from ours. We don´t use onion, instead we use 1 tbsp rice and no tomato paste or paprika. The rest is more or less the same.
Congratulations again for the lovely recipes

At 10:04 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

wow!! this looks so good!! I have got to try it. thanks a lot Binnur hanim :)

At 10:32 AM, Blogger Τσουχτρα said...

Dear Binnur,

Looking for turkish recipes in google today i've found your web site. I love turkish kitchen and your book helped me to cook traditional turkish meals...I just want to thank you ! I think that turkish and greek cooking are very similar...

Look forward to your new recipes


At 12:18 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

just got back from holiday in turkey we had a lovely meal at our hotel buffet which was called a lamb kebab but it was not like what we had tasted before it was lamb cooked in like a gravy sauce with cheese on top it was really nice just wondering if any one knows what it is called as id like to make it again.


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