Sunday, November 22, 2009

Eggplant Kebap (Patlıcan Kebabı)

Here is a quick recipe that is delightful and not very time consuming. I had prepared this recipe while I was in Houston and had not gotten the opportunity to write a clean version of the recipe. Finally, I got the chance to write the recipe and publish it.

Similar to other kebabs, patlıcan kebab tastes much better when cooked on charcoal grill. This kebab can be placed in thin and wide bread and wrapped or can be eaten with rice or bulgur pilaf along with a bowl of cold plain yogurt. Grilled green peppers and tomatoes would be a perfect complement to this kebab.

For the Meat:

½ lb ground beef
½ clove garlic
½ tsp cayenne
½ tsp salt
½ tsp ground black pepper

For Eggplants:

3 long and thin eggplants
1 tsp olive oil (optional)
½ clove garlic
¼ tsp cayenne
¼ tsp ground black pepper
½ tsp salt


To prepare the meat, all the ingredients for the meat (garlic, cayenne, salt and black pepper) in a large bowl and mix thoroughly until all the ingredients are integrated. Let the meat sit for 30 minutes. This can also be prepared the night before.

Cut the eggplants in about 1 inch length. Place in a bowl and add the olive oil (if you desire), garlic, cayenne, black pepper and salt. Mix thoroughly and let them sit for 10 minutes.

If you are using bamboo skewers, soak the skewers in water for 30 minutes prior to cooking. When soaking the skewers is finished, oil the skewers slightly so that the meat does not stick to the skewers.

With your hands, pick about 1.5 tablespoons of the meat and roll with your hands to create a small meatball. Place one eggplant piece on the oiled skewer and follow with a piece of meatball. Alternate the meatballs and the eggplant pieces, until the skewer is full 3/4s of the way.

In your indoor oven broiler or outside grill, cook for about 8-10 minutes on each side. This can vary from oven to oven, so keep watching the cooking process in order to make the meat is not overcooked.

Enjoy with rice or bulgur pilaf and plain yogurt on the side.

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meeso said...

Very mouthwatering, looks so delicious!

Sook said...

What a great idea for kabobs! Looks fabulous.

tasteofbeirut said...

I had this dish at an Armenian place in Beirut and loved it. Thanks for sharing!

History of Greek Food said...

An Armenian kebab-house in my neighborhood makes this delicious dish! Love it!!

Soma said...

I will have mine wrapped in some lavash please ;-)

farida said...

This is one of my fav Turkish kababs. There is also a version that is baked in the oven in a round baking pan, right? I like that one too. Anything with eggplant:)

Mediterranean Turkish Cook said...

Yes, you're right Farida. The one in the pan also tastes great. That recipe for another time.

Anonymous said...

This eggplant kebab sounds amazing! I can't wait to try it!

sema said...

Loved your recipes, Eggplant Kebap looks delicious! thanks for sharing!