Wednesday, March 3, 2010

islim kebab recipes

islim kebabı:
2 lb eggplant, washed (preferably thin ones)
2-3 banana peppers/1 green bell pepper, cut in bite sizes
3-4 medium tomatoes, sliced round
2/3 cup canola oil for frying
Tooth picks

For the Meatloaf:
1 lb ground beef
1 egg
1 onion, chopped finely
2-3 cloves of garlic, minced/grated
1 tsp salt to taste
½ tsp black pepper

For the sauce:
1 cup crushed/grated tomatoes
1 tbsp oil
A pinch of salt and sugar to taste
1/3 cup hot water

Wash and peel the eggplants in strip shapes or totally. Slice them lengthwise 1/3 inch thick. Then soak them in water or salt and leave them with salt for about 15 minutes.
In a frying pan, fry both sides of eggplant slices lightly. Leave aside. In a bowl, combine all of the meatloaf ingredients and knead with your hands till the mixture gets thick. Then, grab plum size pieces and round them in your palms.
Preheat the oven to 400 F (200 C). Place the meatloaves in a Pyrex Dish and bake for 15-18 minutes till they are cooked. Take out and let them cool.
In a small bowl, place two eggplant slices perpendicular to each other like a cross. Then, place the meatloaf in the middle and wrap it with the eggplant slices. Grab it and place upside down over a tray or Pyrex. First put tomato and then pepper on top and insert a toothpick. Bake for 15-20 minutes in the 400 F (200 C) oven.
Meanwhile, place oil and crushed tomatoes in a small pan and sauté for 3-4 minutes over medium heat. Stir in salt, sugar and water. Cook over low heat till the sauce thickens (about 5 minutes).
Spoon the sauce over a serving plate and place Islim Kebab over. Serve warm.

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