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With these kefta kebabs, instead of speared pieces of meat and vegetables, a duo of lamb and beef is mixed with herbs and spices and then formed around the skewer before grilling. The melded flavors make for an authentic Turkish taste, and the skewers make it easy. Kerry, Recipe Hunter

Kerry Brunelle

THE RECIPE

Lamb Kefta Kebabs

The flavors of Turkey in a portable package

There are many types, methods, and spelling variations when it comes to meat-on-a-stick. Classically, kefta kebab refers to ground meat mixed with varying herbs and spices and rolled into meatballs or formed onto skewers to be cooked. Hailing from Turkey, where kebabs are served as street food, this recipe uses traditional ingredients and technique. Lauren does not hold back on the flavor; fresh parsley, cilantro, and mint combine with the warmth from chili flakes, cumin, and cinnamon to create a complexity not expected from such a simple dish. This recipe takes under 30 minutes to prepare and cook – perfect for an easy weeknight meal. Switch things up at your next grilling occasion with these Lamb Kefta Kebabs and replace hamburger buns and ketchup with grilled pita and tzatziki.

THE CHEF

Lauren Craig - Perpetually Chic

My recipes and styling focus on fresh, seasonal ingredients that are simply prepared and brightly photographed. I draw inspiration from the places we've traveled, great restaurant meals, and Saturday trips to the farmers' market.

Lauren believes that less is more. Chic doesn’t have to mean glitz and excess; with her blog, Perpetually Chic, Lauren’s fresh, approachable style reminds us that chic can be classic and simple. Lauren writes about cooking, fashion, home, and travel, and her tips and recommendations make you feel like you’re getting advice from a well-versed close friend. Her recipes focus on seasonal ingredients and are often inspired by her many travels, whether just to the farmers’ market in her town of Madison, Wisconsin, or to the countries of Southeast Asia. Visit Lauren’s blog, and let her voice of reason simplify your life and your kitchen.

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THE TIP

How to Keep Skewers from Burning

Wood skewers are easy and inexpensive to use for grilling meats veggies but they can burn and catch on fire. Here's how to prevent that from happening.

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