Middle Eastern Beef & Parsley Kebabs

 beef kebabs parsley onions

If you’ve always wanted to try Middle Eastern food but have found yourself a bit hesitant (you aren’t sure you’ll like it, you don’t know how to make it, etc…), then this is the recipe for you to try. 3 ingredients + salt + pepper = meat heaven.

Related Middle Eastern food:
Knafeh, a Lebanese Sweet Cheese Recipe

I note in the directions below that grilling takes about 4-6 minutes per side but really, it all depends on how well you like your meat cooked. I would watch them carefully because dry meat is never appetizing and for those (like us) who like medium cooked meat, 4 minutes is probably going to be enough.

Middle Eastern cooking is amazingly simple – it may not always be easy but recipes usually consist of very few ingredients. Meat is usually at the forefront of every meal. In my grandparents’ time (living in Syria), lamb was much more prevalent than beef – it was tastier and a common meat. But today, roles are reversed and beef is the meat of choice, with lamb becoming more and more expensive. You’ll note that in a lot of traditional Middle Eastern cooking, ingredients are basic. Very few sauces, no canned ingredients – simple, healthy meals.

For a cool kid-friendly Middle Eastern recipe, be sure to check out Riz Wa Bazela (rice and peas cake) – a fun rice, peas, and beef concoction baked in a bundt pan and served cake-style.

Middle Eastern Beef & Parsley Kebabs

1 pound ground beef (if using lean meat, be sure to add 3T of butter)
1/2 c fresh parsley, minced
1 tsp salt
1/2 tsp seasoned pepper
Wood Grilling Skewers

Mix all ingredients together in a bowl and carefully form long tubes of the mixture around the skewers. Meat will adhere to the skewer but does have the tendency to easily fall off if you aren’t careful in handling the skewers. Grill about 4-6 minutes on each side or until cooked through


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  1. have made these lots of times but add some more spices. it makes the meat easier to handle if after combing all ingredients in the bowl place the bowl in the fridge for at least 15 min. Then once you shape the meat onto the skewers place back in the fridge an additional 15 min or until ready to grill. its always been helpfult to me. :)

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