The Iraqi Kebob….no one does it like Iraq


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There honestly isn’t a kabob I have ever had with as much heart and soul as the Iraqi Kabob. It honestly requires a great deal of skill and patience, although it looks easy and fast, it is not. The men, either my husband or our family friend Ahmed, make the kabob. Here where we live, my husband has a life time friend who owns the “halal” (slaughtered accourding to Islamic rules) store ad prepares the special ground mix of meat and fat used to form these mouth watering perfect ground meat rolls that go from the fire to your plate and into your stomach within 5 minutes flat…..only because they are amazing. So, a typical recipe for them would be something like this:

 

3 lbs of an equal mix of ground lamb and ground beef…the fattier the better for kebob

1 onion grated up

1/4 c of bread crumbs

1 tsp or more depending on taste, of salt and black pepper

some people add some allspice, but we do not. the fire gives it the flavor

if you want to be all traditional, get a whole onion and like 3 whole tomatoes to barbecue as well

you will need the long kebob sticks and form the meat around each one making sure your hands stay wet while doing so

and place them on the fire with a fan pointed at the flames to keep a good temp and fire going

line a large plate with a piece of the tanoor bread or parsley (my fav)

each kebob that is done after flipping and cooking, gently set on the bed of bread or parsley and sprinkle with sumac

cover with another layer of bread to keep the heat and flavor.

continue until all the meat is used up

we sever ours with pickle mixes and breads……this is truly an awesome meal.

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Ingredients

Pastry

2 Cups hot water

2 Cups hot milk

4 Tbsp. shortening

4 Tbsp. white sugar

2 Tbsp. salt

2 Packages instant yeast

10-12 Cups flour

Filling

Ground lamb

Ground beef

Minced onion

Salt and pepper

Method

Preheat oven to 400 F.

In a large bowl, place water, milk, shortening and sugar (let melt).

In another large bowl place 6 cups of flour, salt, yeast and mix well.

Add flour mixture into liquid and mix.  Add remaining flour a little at a time until you get the right consistency. (It is best to have the dough a little sticky)

Knead well.

Let rest for 10 minutes then cut the dough as if you were going to make rolls. Knead each piece and let rise until each piece double in size.

Now roll each piece out as thin as you can in a circle and add a small dollop of mixture in the center and spread it.

Pick two sides of the dough together and pinch tight as if you were making a turnover. Shape in a triangle and place on a cookie sheet.

Bake until light brown (Do not over cook as the dough will become tough).

Brush with melted butter once out of the oven and let cool on rack.