Turkish Kebabs

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This is my version of Turkish kebabs which I made 'off the cuff' after searching unsuccessfully for a recipe online. The original sandwiches are made from meat that is pressed into a loaf and grilled on a rotating spit. The meat is shaved off as it gets crispy and then put into a pita sandwich. My recipe calls for thin slices of meat to be marinated and then broiled to get the same effect without a huge rotating grill. Serve in a warmed pita with goat cheese, tzatziki sauce, lettuce, tomatoes, onions, and pepperoncinis.

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Prep Time:
40 mins
Cook Time:
10 mins
Additional Time:
1 day
Total Time:
1 day 50 mins
Servings:
6
Yield:
6 kebabs

Ingredients

Marinade:

  • 2 large onions, chopped

  • 2 garlic cloves, crushed

  • ½ cup olive oil

  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice

  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano

  • 1 teaspoon ground black pepper

  • ½ teaspoon ground turmeric

  • 1 pinch curry powder

  • 1 teaspoon salt

  • 1 pound beef flank steak, thinly sliced

Tzatziki Sauce:

  • 8 ounces sour cream

  • 2 tablespoons olive oil

  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice

  • ½ teaspoon salt

  • ½ teaspoon ground black pepper

  • 1 tablespoon chopped fresh dill

  • 1 clove garlic, crushed

  • 6 pita bread rounds

Directions

  1. Place the chopped onions in a large ceramic bowl and crush with the bottom of a glass until juice is rendered and onions look translucent. Stir in 2 crushed garlic cloves, 1/2 cup olive oil, 2 tablespoons lemon juice, oregano, 1 teaspoon black pepper, turmeric, curry powder, and 1 teaspoon salt. Mix well; add the sliced beef and toss to coat. Cover the bowl with plastic wrap, and marinate in the refrigerator overnight.

  2. Combine the sour cream, 2 tablespoons olive oil, 1 tablespoon lemon juice, 1/2 teaspoon salt, 1/2 teaspoon black pepper, dill, and 1 crushed clove of garlic. Mix well; cover the bowl with plastic wrap and refrigerate overnight.

  3. Preheat the oven's broiler and set the oven rack about 6 inches from the heat source.

  4. Remove the meat from the marinade mixture, brushing off extra onions. Spread the slices on a baking sheet without overlapping, and salt to taste. Broil about 3 minutes per side or until browned and crispy, turning halfway through cooking.

  5. Divide the cooked meat between the pita breads, and drizzle with tzatziki sauce to serve.

Cook's Note

You can use chicken instead of beef, too.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

512 Calories
34g Fat
36g Carbs
16g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 6
Calories 512
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 34g 44%
Saturated Fat 9g 47%
Cholesterol 34mg 11%
Sodium 891mg 39%
Total Carbohydrate 36g 13%
Dietary Fiber 2g 9%
Total Sugars 3g
Protein 16g
Vitamin C 9mg 44%
Calcium 117mg 9%
Iron 3mg 14%
Potassium 333mg 7%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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