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Authentic grilled kebabs made with pork, beef and lamb
Serve with a cucumber-yogurt sauce, pita wedges and plenty of fresh vegetables just like they do in Greece.
We love to travel and enjoy eating foods we don’t always get at home. On a recent trip to the Island of Crete, we tried the most amazing kebabs at the Tamam restaurant in Chania. These homely little meat balls are juicy and loaded with flavor.
I practically begged our waiter for the recipe and to my surprise, he mentioned that the recipe is in their cookbook, which is for sale! You know I bought a copy immediately and made these kebabs as soon as I got home. We made a few tweaks to the recipe to adjust for translation issues. Now we can enjoy this authentic Greek dish at home too!
Form the well spiced mixture into small, football shaped meatballs and grill on skewers.
Once the kebabs are cooked through, they are removed from the skewers and served on a platter with pita wedges, crisp cucumber, ripe tomatoes, sliced red onion and a big helping of cucumber-yogurt sauce (tzatziki). Don’t be tempted to make your kebabs too big, however. Large kebabs won’t stay on the skewers and may fall off before they’re cooked through.
Keep the kebabs small and they’ll cook quickly and beautifully! These kebabs do not include any fillers such as bread crumbs so the mixture is extremely moist. They’re loaded with herbs, onion, egg and olive oil for an incredibly juicy bite!
Serve these kebabs with a fresh cucumber-yogurt sauce.
This lovely sauce comes together in minutes and is terrific served with burgers, grilled Greek chicken and these delicious kebabs. Make this cucumber sauce up to a day ahead and refrigerate until needed. Made with Greek yogurt, olive oil, fresh dill, garlic and shredded cucumber, it couldn’t be easier to make. Get the recipe below!
Crisp fresh vegetables are the perfect topping for these spicy kebabs.
Fresh ingredients with plenty of vegetables and olive oil is the way Greeks serve their signature dishes. This meze-style spread is perfect for an intimate dinner or party on the deck. Serve kebabs with ice cold beer and plenty of fresh pita bread, too!
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For the cucumber-yogurt sauce:
- ½ English cucumber
- 1 cup plain Greek yogurt
- 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
- 2 tablespoons minced fresh dill
- 2 tablespoons minced fresh parsley leaves
- 1 garlic clove, minced
- ½ teaspoon black pepper
- ¼ teaspoon salt
For the kebabs:
- 1 pound ground lamb
- ½ pound ground beef
- ½ pound ground pork
- ⅓ cup chopped parsley leaves
- ½ large onion diced
- ¼ cup extra-virgin olive oil
- 2 large eggs lightly beaten
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1 teaspoon black pepper
- ½ teaspoon garam Massala
- ½ teaspoon ground cumin
- ½ teaspoon ground coriander
- ¼ teaspoon ground nutmeg
- 1 tablespoons fresh oregano leaves, chopped
- ¼ teaspoon sumac (optional)
Optional for serving:
- pita bread
- sliced cucumber
- red onion sliced thin
To prepare the sauce:
- Peel half an English cucumber and slice in half lengthwise. Using a spoon, scoop out the seeds and discard. Shred the cucumber into a small bowl using a large box grater. Add the remaining ingredients and stir to combine. Cover and refrigerate until ready to serve. May be made 24 hours ahead. Serve the remaining ½ cucumber with the kebabs.
To prepare the kebabs:
- In a large mixing bowl combine all the kebab ingredients and mix well. The mixture will be wet. Form into kebabs approximately 2x3-inches and slide onto skewers. Thread the meat onto the skewers leaving a small space in-between each kebab or at least not tightly pressed together. Place the kebabs on a baking tray and refrigerate until ready to grill.
- Preheat grill on high for 10-15 minutes. Generously grease the grates of the grill using long tongs and folded paper towels soaked with vegetable oil. Reduce the heat to medium-high and grill the kebabs about 5 minutes on each side, turning once until well browned, juicy and cooked through.
- Serve the kebabs with cucumber-yogurt sauce, pita wedges, sliced red onion, tomatoes, cucumbers and olives, if desired.
- Kebab recipe adapted from the Tamam restaurant cookbook, Chania Crete
Here are a few more Greek inspired recipes you might also enjoy:
Try our Easy Greek Salad Recipe made with crisp, fresh vegetables, feta cheese and olives, and simply dressed with herbs, oil and vinegar. Click HERE to get the recipe for Greek Salad.
If you’re looking for tender, juicy and flavorful all in one delicious bite, you’ll LOVE this Grilled Greek Chicken Recipe! Click HERE to get the recipe.
This might look like a plain old veggie sandwich, but it’s so much more! The Greek flavors are bright, briny, fresh and delicious and the sandwich is easy to put together. Click HERE to get the recipe for Greek Salad Hummus Sandwich.
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