Armenian Delights!

Koobideh Kabob picture courtesy WikiPedia

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I asked my six year old what he wanted for dinner, and he said “Armenian”. That sounded good to me, because it always means the freshest ingredients. I had forgotten that it was Cinco De Mayo, but this sounded so good, we are shelving that for another day.

We like Lula Kabob Burgers, also called Koobideh Kabob, yogurt salad, and herb rice. The yogurt salad always seems like a lot, but it goes very quickly.

You can get Lula Kebob, otherwise known as ground meat kebob at Middle Eastern or Armenian butcher stores. There are also spice packets available at those stores, and recipes on the Internet. I have found that my butcher has a very good recipe, so I just buy his ground spiced meat. Form the meat into patties, and cook as you would a regular hamburger. You can serve them with Lavash and Secret Garlic Sauce.

When you go to get the ingredients for the yogurt salad, it is advisable to go to the market early in the morning to get the freshest vegetables and herbs. This is a very easy to make salad.

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Recipe: Yogurt Salad

Summary: A hot day calls for a salad that’s as cool as a cucumber

Ingredients

  • Three Persian cucumbers or pickling cucumbers if Persian are not available
  • 1 tomato
  • 1 bunch mint
  • 1 bunch cilantro
  • 2 scallions or green onions
  • 1 cup plain yogurt

Instructions

  1. Peel the cucumbers and dice them into 1/2 inch dice. There is no need to seed them since this kind of cucumber has small, soft seeds. Dice the tomato into 1/2 dice as well. Slice the green onions into small pieces. Put all into a bowl.
  2. Take the bunch of cilantro and cut off about two inches off the top. Do the same with the mint, then mince together finely, until you cannot tell which herb is which. You should have about a quarter of a cup of minced herbs. Save the remaining cilantro and mint for another use. Add the herbs to the bowl.
  3. Add the yogurt and toss until all the vegetables and herbs are thoroughly mixed.
  4. Refrigerate until ready to serve, then transfer to a nice serving bowl.

Variations

Fresh dill and/or flat leaf Italian parsley goes very nicely in this salad as well.

Preparation time: 5 minute(s)

Cooking time:

Diet type: Vegetarian

Diet tags: Raw

Number of servings (yield): 4

Culinary tradition: Middle Eastern

My rating 5 stars:  ★★★★★ 1 review(s)

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I got this recipe from a chef friend, Chef John Farion, who was Chef at Birds in Hollywood. This dipping sauce goes great with everything, even your finger! It is perfect with rotisserie chicken, crab, lula kabob burgers, and yes, your finger. Just try not to “taste” too much, you won’t have any left for your guests!

If you do not have a small food processor, you could use a garlic press, but you would want to reduce the amount of garlic a bit. The smaller the piece of garlic, the stronger it is. If you do not have white pepper, omit the pepper completely.

Recipe: Secret Garlic Sauce

Summary: Serve this piquant sauce with chicken, fish or kabobs.

Ingredients

  • 2 Garlic Clove
  • 1/2 cup Mayonnaise
  • 1/8 teaspoon White Pepper

Instructions

  1. Put garlic, pepper and mayonnaise in small food processor and process.

Quick notes

This sauce goes very well with numerous things, especially rotisserie chicken.

Number of servings (yield): 4

Culinary tradition: Middle Eastern

My rating 5 stars:  ★★★★★ 1 review(s)

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Recipe by Adrienne Boswell.
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