This is great for a summer BBQ or even a great fireside dinner in the middle of winter..BBQ on skewers over open fire in Summer and baked without skewers in oven in middle of winter.
Serve with green salad, steamed whole grains and you have a great dinner for 4
1 pound ground beef ( may also use pork, turkey, chicken, veal)
8ozs sausage meat ( if using chicken sausage meat add 1 tbsp olive oil to the mix)
1 cup minced onion
4 cloves garlic smashed and minced
zest of 1 lemon
juice of 1 lemon (zest first then juice)
2 tsp either dried or fresh herbs of choice, sage, basil, rosemary, thyme,oregano, OR mint.
1/2 cup cooked steamed grains cold (rice, millet, quinoa, & etc.)
1tbsp tomato paste
1 cup minced parsley or cilantro
1 large egg beaten
Mix everything well together, using clean hands, in a large bowl, cover and refrigerate overnight.
Also soak 20 wooden skewers overnight in cold water..hold them down with a weight so they are completely submerged.
Next day,: allow 2 tbsp per kebab, shape into a sausage shape and skewer well.
Cook over medium heat until browned all over and cooked through.
WINTER BAKE IN PREHEATED 375F (TOP SHELF) OVEN ON WIRE & A LINED COOKIE SHEET OR GRILLPAN
Also in Winter for baking there is no need to bother with the skewers , just bake as for sausages and serve with steamed vegetables and steamed grains or baked potatoes
Serve with salad, more grains and dipping sauces
FIRE DIPPING SAUCE:
3 Tbsp orange marmalade or apricot jam
1 chopped chipotle pepper or 1 tsp chili flakes
1/4 tsp sesame oil
1/2 cup orange juice
1/4 cup light soy sauce
1 tsp grated ginger root
heat everything together on low heat until well blended
ICE DIPPING SAUCE
1/4 cup mint or apple jelly
2tbsp chopped mint
1/2 cup plain yogurt
1/2 cup shredded cucumber
sea salt and pepper
Melt the jelly over heat , allow to cool slightly then stir in the cucumber, season with salt & pepper and add the yogurt and fresh mint..serve cold