Who doesn’t like doner kebab? It is the most well known kebab around the world, but it is not the only kind. There are about a hundred versions of kebab in Turkish cuisine. Kebab is the name we use mainly for meat dishes roasted in oven, on grill or over wood fire in different styles. However, we also use this name for variety of meat stews too. Lamb is the most preferred meat for kebab, but beef or chicken could also be used in some kebabs.
This one is known as kebab in baking paper as the dish is wrapped in baking paper and cooked in oven.
No, I’m not the one who made this fantastic kebab, it was a great surprise for me made by my husband! I was at school still working until dinner time the other day and I was just so tired to cook. Believe or not, I was thinking of alternatives even when I was teaching in the classroom in the evening! It is not my cup of tea, but I was so exhausted and starving that I thought ordering something to home could be a good idea. I still had such thoughts until I felt that tempting smell of the kebab when my husband welcomed me at the door. I was amazed when I entered the kitchen! A fantastic dinner was waiting for me! What’s more, he made the dish before the evening and even took pictures of it for me! Although it was the first time he made this kebab, it was super tasty! We couldn’t finish it though, so our dinner for the next day was already prepared!
He served it on chopped pide(pita) bread with a tasty yogurt sauce near it. We enjoyed this kebab spreading this sauce on it or even dipping meat pieces into it. It is was PERFECT! One of the best kebabs I’ve ever had!
I’m going to share the recipe of his yogurt sauce in another post soon.
So here’s my husband’s kebab in baking paper.
- 1kilo lamb or beef, chopped
- 10 cloves garlic
- 2 onions, cut in rings
- 4 tomatoes, cut in rings
- 4 green peppers, halved
- 1 tbsp butter
- ½ tbsp pepper paste
- ½ tbsp tomato paste
- ½ tsp paprika
- ½ tsp black pepper
- salt to taste
- ⅓ cup hot water
- 3 tbsp olive oil
- Heat olive oil in a pan over medium heat. Add chopped lamb and saute until almost done for about 10 minutes.
- Heat oven at 200C.
- Place a baking sheet which is twice as large as your baking tray. Leave the excessive part out, you will fold it on kebab. Transfer lamb into it.
- Place garlic cloves among lamb pieces.
- Line onion rings on them and place tomato rings and halved peppers on onions.
- Put small pieces of butter on everything randomly.
- Mix tomato paste, pepper paste, salt and spices in a small cup and pour it over all these.
- Now fold the excessive part of the baking paper on it. Then wrap it with aluminium foil and place into your oven.
- Cook about 45 minutes.
- Serve on a plate or on sliced pita with some yogurt sauce.