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These flavorful skewers are reminiscent of food sold from street carts in Manhattan. Sumac is a tart spice commonly used in Middle Eastern dishes; look for it at specialty stores. You can also broil the kebabs for about eight minutes, turning after five minutes.

Recipe by Cooking Light December 2009


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Recipe Summary

10 servings (serving size: 1 kebab and about 1 tablespoon sauce)


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Instructions Checklist
  • Place grated onion in a sieve over a large bowl for 30 minutes, pressing occasionally to squeeze out excess liquid. Discard liquid.

  • Prepare grill to medium-high heat.

  • Combine onion, breadcrumbs, and next 8 ingredients (through lamb) in a large bowl; stir until well blended. Divide meat mixture into 40 equal portions, shaping each into a 3 x 1–inch rectangle. Thread 4 pieces onto each of 10 (12-inch) skewers.

  • Heat a small skillet over medium heat. Add saffron to pan; cook for 30 seconds or until fragrant, stirring constantly. Crush saffron in a small bowl; stir in oil.

  • Place kebabs on a grill rack coated with cooking spray; grill 8 minutes or until done, turning after 5 minutes. Place kebabs on a platter. Brush oil mixture evenly over kebabs. Sprinkle kebabs evenly with sumac. Combine yogurt and remaining ingredients in a small bowl; stir until well blended. Serve kebabs with yogurt sauce.

Nutrition Facts

303 calories; fat 15g; saturated fat 5.2g; mono fat 6.7g; poly fat 1.4g; protein 31.9g; carbohydrates 9g; fiber 0.8g; cholesterol 113mg; iron 2.1mg; sodium 441mg; calcium 45mg.