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

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.

How to Make It

Step 1

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

Step 2

Prepare grill to medium-high heat.

Step 3

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.

Step 4

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.

Step 5

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.

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Ratings & Reviews

khollander's Review

February 28, 2012

pogomiss's Review

October 28, 2011
The meatballs are excellent. The sauce is much better if you can make ahead. The next day the dipping sauce was even better. I halved the recipe and we still had plenty for two and leftovers.

substance's Review

January 09, 2011
This was quicker than I expected and turned out great. We are only a family 3, so I froze the extra as meatballs. Everyone really loved it.

JALRiverside's Review

August 23, 2010
This was great. The prep took longer than I thought it would so we ate late. It was worth the wait! The dipping sauce was excellent - nice and zesty. I didn't have sumac so looked up the alternative on line- lemon zest and salt (which I had). Served with tumeric rice and roasted string beans. Would make this for company. Very colorful plate.

girly668's Review

August 20, 2010
Ugh, Amazing. I tinkered with it slightly but not much and the sauce is fab too. My girlfriend is Chaldean and could NOT believe it was turkey. Oh thats one thing I did - all turkey.

JCharlotte80's Review

July 26, 2010
My husband loves this recipe, a healthy version of his favorite indulgent.

Jenbalsa's Review

May 27, 2010
Loved this recipe! I substituted the lamb with ground turkey and it wasn't dry at all! Made my own Taziki sauce and used Trader Joes middle eastern flatbread.

JenniferM's Review

March 31, 2010
Really liked this. A few modifications- substituted ground sirloin for lamb, omitted onion, and shaped each kebab into one long rectangle per skewer. Also ommitted sumac as I didn't have it, and the sauce was still tasty. Will definitely make it again.

CalifCook's Review

February 14, 2010
Lamb was expensive. The recipe left much to be desired.

sarastallryan's Review

December 15, 2009
I really liked these! They would make a great appetizer to serve at a party. Very unique and tasty! I found the meat mixture was a bit goopy and wouldn't stay on the skewers. I ended up cooking them on the grill pan first and then putting them on the skewers. The sauce was ok although I'm not a big fan of cilantro. The skewers were tasty enough without the sauce.