Genevieve Taylor Berbere Beef and Green Pepper Kebabs

Genevieve Taylor Berbere Beef and Green Pepper Kebabs

Bereber Beef and Green Pepper Kebabs
  • Cook Time30 min
  • Yield4 Servings

Ingredients

For the Kebabs

  • MAKES 8 KEBABS
  • Ingredients
  • 700g (1lb 9oz) skirt steak, cut into 2cm (¾in) cubes
  • 2 green peppers, cut into 2cm (¾in) pieces

For the Spice Mix

  • 1 tbsp coriander seeds
  • 1 tsp fenugreek seeds
  • 6 cardamom pods
  • 1–2 tsp ground chilli flakes, to taste
  • 1 tsp black peppercorns
  • ½ tsp allspice berries
  • ½ tsp cloves
  • 1 tbsp sweet paprika
  • 1 tsp ground ginger
  • ½ tsp ground nutmeg

For the Spice Paste

  • 3 cloves of garlic, crushed
  • 1 tbsp vegetable oil
  • 1 tbsp tomato purée

Method

Preparing the Kebabs

1

Tip the coriander seeds into a small dry frying pan and set over a medium heat to toast for just a minute or so.

2

As soon as you smell the aromas wafting up from the pan, transfer the seeds to a spice mill. Add the fenugreek, cardamom, chilli flakes, peppercorns, allspice and cloves and grind to a powder. Add the paprika, ginger and nutmeg and mix until combined.

3

Put the spice powder into a bowl and stir in the garlic, oil and tomato purée to make a thick paste.

4

Toss the meat with the spice paste until it is thoroughly coated – your hands may be the easiest tools for the job here, as the paste is thick.
Cover with cling film and chill for a good few hours to marinate, ideally overnight.

5

When you are ready to cook, thread the meat and peppers on to the skewers

6

Set up a charcoal chimney starter 3/4 full with lumpwood charcoal, and start it going with a sheet of lit crumpled newspaper underneath (or use parrafin-free fire lighters). Wait 10-15 minutes until the BBQ is fired up to a hot grilling temperature of about 280-300c with a deep bed of glowing embers.

7

Grill the kebabs directly for about 15-20 minutes, the grill should be hot 280–300°C (535–570°F). Turn the kebabs frequently until the meat is dark and crisp and the peppers are soft.

The Ultimate Wood-Fired Oven Cookbook by Genevieve Taylor (Quadrille, £15) Photography ©Jason Ingram

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Genevieve Taylor Korean-Style chicken skewers with sticky ginger and garlic rice

Genevieve Taylor Korean-Style chicken skewers with sticky ginger and garlic rice

Korean-Style chicken skewers with sticky ginger and garlic rice
  • Cook Time30 min
  • Yield4 Servings

Ingredients

For the Kebabs

  • MAKES 8 KEBABS, SERVING 4–6
  • Ingredients
  • 650–700g (1lb 7oz–1lb 9oz) chicken thigh fillets, diced into 2cm/1¼in cubes
  • a bunch of spring onions (scallions), cut into 2cm (¾in) lengths
  • For the marinade
  • 3 tbsp soy sauce
  • 3 tbsp rice wine vinegar
  • 2 cloves of garlic, crushed
  • a thumb-size piece of ginger, grated
  • 1–2 tsp gochugaru chilli flakes, to taste

For the Rice

  • 1 large onion, finely chopped
  • 3 tbsp toasted sesame oil
  • 3 cloves of garlic, crushed
  • a thumb-size piece of ginger, grated
  • 500g (2½ cups) sushi rice
  • 750ml (3¼ cups) cold water

Method

Preparing the Kebabs

1

I love gochugaru chilli, a Korean spice found in Asian shops or online, as it adds a citrusy warmth but not masses of heat, making it a good chilli for introducing kids to a bit of spice. The sticky rice is made with sushi rice, which is pretty easy to find in large supermarkets or Asian shops. If you can’t get it, you can substitute Arborio risotto rice or even short-grain pudding rice, but rinse them well under cold water first – these types of rice have a higher starch content, which is perfect for risotto or rice pudding but less so for this dish.

Method

2

Begin by marinating the chicken – do this a few hours or even the day before you want to eat. Put the chicken into a bowl and stir through the soy sauce, rice wine vinegar, garlic, ginger and gochugaru chilli. Alternatively, put everything into a food bag and squish about well to mix. Marinate in the fridge until you are ready to cook.

3

Thread the meat on to kebab skewers, adding a few pieces of spring onion widthways as you go. Set aside while you begin the rice.

4

Set up a charcoal chimney starter 3/4 full with lumpwood charcoal, and start it going with a sheet of lit crumpled newspaper underneath (or use parrafin-free fire lighters). Wait 10-15 minutes until the BBQ is fired up to a hot grilling temperature of about 280-300c with a deep bed of glowing embers.

5

Take a large deep frying pan, or an even a heavy-bottomed small roasting tin, add the onion, sesame oil, garlic and ginger and season with salt and pepper

6

Fry over the coals for about 10 minutes, stirring often to prevent catching, until the mixture is softened and starting to caramelize. Add the rice and water to the pan, stirring well. Cover with a tight-fitting lid or a piece of foil. Continue to cook indirect for 20 minutes.

7

Grill the kebabs directly for about 15-20 minutes, the grill should be hot 280–300°C (535–570°F). Turn the kebabs frequently.

8

Serve the kebabs on top of the rice.

The Ultimate Wood-Fired Oven Cookbook by Genevieve Taylor (Quadrille, £15) Photography ©Jason Ingram

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Genevieve Taylor Chicken, Chorizo & Halloumi Kebabs with Buttered Spinach Couscous

Genevieve Taylor Chicken, Chorizo & Halloumi Kebabs with Buttered Spinach Couscous

Tikka-style Lamb and Aubergine Kebabs
  • Cook Time30 min
  • Yield4 Servings

Ingredients

For the Kebabs

  • MAKES 8 KEBABS, SERVING 4–6
  • Ingredients
  • 400g (14oz) chicken thigh fillets, cut into bite-sized pieces
  • 2 x 250g (9oz) packs of halloumi, each chopped into 8 cubes
  • 1 x 225g (8oz) spicy chorizo ring, sliced into thin (5–7mm/¼–in) rings
  • For the marinade
  • a bunch of fresh mint, finely chopped
  • zest and juice of 1 lemon
  • 2 cloves of garlic, crushed
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • salt and freshly ground black pepper

For the Cous Cous

  • 200g (1¼ cup) couscous
  • 300ml (1¼ cups) hot chicken or vegetable stock
  • 3 handfuls of baby spinach leaves, roughly chopped
  • 25g (2 tbsp) butter, diced
  • salt and freshly ground black pepper

Method

Preparing the Kebabs

1

Chicken, chorizo and halloumi, all my kids’ favourite barbecued foods stuffed on to one skewer – this recipe was always going to be a winner in our house. The buttery couscous is given a good hit of healthy green with leafy spinach

Method

2

Mix the marinade in a small bowl by stirring together the mint, lemon zest and juice, garlic and olive oil in a bowl. Season well with black pepper.

3

Put the chicken into one bowl and the halloumi into another, then divide the marinade between them, tossing together to coat well. Cover with clingfilm and leave to marinate in the fridge for a few hours or overnight.

4

Set up a charcoal chimney starter 3/4 full with lumpwood charcoal, and start it going with a sheet of lit crumpled newspaper underneath (or use parrafin-free fire lighters). Wait 10-15 minutes until the BBQ is fired up to a hot grilling temperature of about 280-300c with a deep bed of glowing embers.

5

Thread the halloumi and chicken on to skewers along with the chorizo slices. For structural integrity (very important with kebabs!), start with a slice of chorizo, then follow each piece of meat or cheese with more chorizo – its nice solid texture helps keep everything snugly and firmly together. Also, halloumi tends to have a rather irritating crack running through the centre of each block, which means that when cubed it can fall off skewers easily – the best thing is to work out which way the crack runs and make sure you thread the pieces with any cracks at right angles to the skewer, giving them the most chance of staying intact on the stick. Keep chilled until you are ready to cook.

6

Grill the kebabs directly for about 15-20 minutes, the grill should be hot 280–300°C (535–570°F). Turn the kebabs frequently.

7

Once the kebabs begin cooking, get the couscous ready for baking. Take a deep terracotta dish, or an ovenproof deep frying pan, and sprinkle the couscous over the base. Pour in the hot stock and season with a little salt and pepper. Top with the chopped spinach and dot with the butter. Top with a lid or a snug-fitting piece of foil and slide into a cooler corner of the bbq, away from the fire and embers..

8

The couscous will take around 15 minutes to steam to perfection, but the exact time will depend on the temperature of the BBQ

9

Check after 10 minutes – it is done when the couscous has absorbed all the stock, the spinach has wilted and the butter has melted on top. If it’s not ready, re-cover and slide back in. If it is, fork through lightly, re-cover and leave to keep warm. If your BBQ isn’t big enough to cook both kebabs and couscous at the same time, begin with the couscous, and keep warm while you cook the kebabs. Serve the kebabs on top of the couscous.

The Ultimate Wood-Fired Oven Cookbook by Genevieve Taylor (Quadrille, £15) Photography ©Jason Ingram

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Genevieve Taylor Tikka-Style Lamb and Aubergine Kebabs

Genevieve Taylor Tikka-Style Lamb and Aubergine Kebabs

Tikka-style Lamb and Aubergine Kebabs
  • Cook Time30 min
  • Yield4 Servings

Ingredients

For the Lamb Tikka

  • MAKES 8 KEBABS,
  • 700g (1lb 9oz) lamb leg steaks, cut into 2cm (¾in) cubes
  • 2 medium aubergines (eggplants), cut into 1cm (½in) thick slices
  • For the marinade
  • 4 tbsp natural yoghurt
  • 3cm (1¼in) piece of fresh ginger, roughly chopped
  • 3 cloves of garlic, roughly chopped
  • 1–2 green chillies, roughly chopped, to taste
  • 25g (½ cup) fresh coriander (cilantro), roughly chopped
  • 2 tsp cumin seeds
  • 1 tsp fennel seeds
  • 1 tsp ground turmeric
  • salt and freshly ground black pepper

Method

Preparing the Lamb Tikka

1

The marinade for these gently spiced kebabs couldn’t be easier – you just bung it all in a jug and whizz it up. Do try to leave the meat marinating for a good few hours if you can, so that the yoghurt can perform its tenderizing magic. The aloo parathas, spiced potato stuffed flatbreads, also in Genevieve’s book, are th

Method

2

Put the yoghurt, ginger, garlic, chillies, coriander, cumin seeds, fennel seeds and turmeric into a deep jug. Season with a little salt and pepper and blitz to a smooth purée with a stick blender. Alternatively, whizz in a food processor.

3

Put the lamb and aubergines into a bowl and pour the marinade over
them, turning them to mix thoroughly. Cover with clingfilm and put into the fridge for a few hours, ideally overnight.

4

Set up a charcoal chimney starter 3/4 full with lumpwood charcoal, and start it going with a sheet of lit crumpled newspaper underneath (or use parrafin-free fire lighters). Wait 10-15 minutes until the BBQ is fired up to a hot grilling temperature of about 280-300c with a deep bed of glowing embers.

5

When you are ready to cook, thread the lamb and aubergine pieces
alternately on to skewers.

6

Grill the kebabs directly for about 20–25 minutes, the grill should be hot 280–300°C (535–570°F). Turn the kebabs frequently, until the meat is cooked and the aubergine is lightly charred at the edges and tender within.

The Ultimate Wood-Fired Oven Cookbook by Genevieve Taylor (Quadrille, £15) Photography ©Jason Ingram

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Rich Harris (Fire & Smoke Author) BBQ Green Chicken Kebabs

Green Chicken Kebabs

Rich Harris (Fire & Smoke Author) BBQ Green Chicken Kebabs

  • Prep Time4 hr
  • Cook Time1 min
  • Total Time4 hr 1 min
  • Yield4 Servings

Ingredients

For the Green Chicken Kebabs

  • Finely grated zest of 2 unwaxed lemons and juice of 1
  • 75ml olive oil
  • 4 garlic cloves, peeled
  • 50g bunch of basil
  • 50g bunch of flat-leaf parsley
  • 25g bunch of coriander
  • 1/2 tsp fine sea salt
  • 4 free-range skinless, boneless chicken breasts, cut into 3cm cubes

Method

Preparing the Green Chicken Kebabs

1

Combine all the ingredients, except the chicken, in a liquidizer and blend until smooth.

2

Put the chicken into a large bowl, pour the marinade over and toss to coat. Don’t season at this stage; the salt will draw the moisture from the chicken and make it tough. Cover with clingfilm and chill for 4 hours or overnight if possible.

3

Remove the chicken from the fridge an hour before cooking and preheat the barbecue for direct grilling.

4

Thread the chicken onto skewers and grill the kebabs for 10 minutes until cooked through, turning occasionally.

5

Transfer to a warm plate to rest for 5 minutes before serving.

You will need metal or wooden skewers; if you’re using wooden skewers, soak them in warm water for at least an hour.

Recipe kindly supplied from Fire & Smoke by Rich Harris, published by Kyle Books. Photography by Martin Poole. Purchase the book from Amazon: http://amzn.eu/iOzoCjD

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BBQ Lamb Shish Kebabs

Lamb Shish Kebab

BBQ Lamb Shish Kebabs

  • Prep Time3 hr
  • Cook Time10 min
  • Total Time3 hr 10 min
  • Yield4 Servings

Ingredients

For the Lamb Shish Kebabs

  • 1kg boneless leg of lamb, cut into 3cm
  • cubes

For The Marinade

  • 4 garlic cloves, crushed
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil finely grated
  • zest and juice of 1 unwaxed lemon
  • 1 Tbs sweet smoked paprika
  • 1 Tbs ground cumin
  • 2 tsp dried oregano
  • 1 tsp sea salt

For The Pickled Cabbage

  • ½ small red cabbage, finely shredded
  • 250ml white wine vinegar
  • 75g caster sugar
  • 2 tsp fine sea salt
  • 2 tsp yellow mustard seeds
  • 2 dried red chillies

To Serve

  • 4 Flatbreads or pitta breads
  • Pickled Green Chillies
  • Tzatziki
  • Hot Sauce

Method

Preparing the Lamb Shish Kebabs

1

Combine all the marinade ingredients in a large bowl, add the lamb and toss to coat. Cover with clingfilm and chill in the fridge for 2–3 hours or overnight.

2

Meanwhile, make the pickled cabbage. Put the cabbage into a large, heatproof bowl. Bring the vinegar, sugar, salt, mustard seeds and chillies to the boil in a small saucepan. Cook for 2 minutes, stirring occasionally, until the sugar has completely dissolved, then pour over the cabbage. Cover with clingfilm and leave to cool to room temperature. Stir occasionally as it’s cooling, then transfer to the fridge and chill until needed. Drain before serving.

3

Remove the lamb from the fridge an hour before cooking and preheat the barbecue for direct grilling. Thread the lamb onto skewers and grill for 10 minutes, turning regularly, until just cooked through. Transfer to a plate, cover with foil and leave to rest for 5 minutes.

4

Serve with Flatbreads or pitta breads, Pickled Green Chillies, Tzatziki and Hot Sauce.

You will need metal or wooden skewers; if you’re using wooden ones, soak them in warm water for at least an hour.

Recipe kindly supplied from Fire & Smoke by Rich Harris, published by Kyle Books. Photography by Martin Poole. Purchase the book from Amazon: http://amzn.eu/iOzoCjD