Keto Kebab is any Kebab where bread and sugar are not added to the mixture! However, this year, we got insider info from a person servicing Greek souvlaki stores and street food vendors that shocked us. They are adding 1 kilo of sugar plus bread crumbs to the mixture! What! This was a shock that made us quit buying kebab out and stick to the homemade version! If you are a Ketonian, you would do the same! That amount of sugar is just not worth the pleasure!
Keto Kebab should lean on the spicier side
Well, we already have a recipe for Kebab, but this one became a star on Twitter. I was asked to publish the recipe as soon as possible, and when people ask nicely, I just get a good wind to my wings! This spice mixture is as old as I can remember! My father was a master of grilling (like all men are) but in particular, he knew to mix-up a spicy Šiš-Ćevap. (Sis Kebab).
When the butcher is your friend
Placing properly minced meat mixture on a skewer is a kind of art. Especially for Keto kebab! The meat needs to be treated like a dough and you need to understand that it can fall off the stick if you don’t prepare the mixture in advance. To have it fluffy, juicy and attractive, you will have to be such a good friend with your butcher! He will mince the meat 2 or 3 times for you and select only the best part of lamb or mutton. Now you can make this with beef, but trust me, nothing beats minced lamb for kebab!
Eastern Tradition and historical overview
Eating meat on sticks is as old as the civilisation in the Eastern Mediterranean zone. As Apollonas wrote in his original Kebab recipe, we saw an ancient skewer grill as an exhibit in the archeological museum while spending our wonderful vacation on Santorini island. It’s practical, easy to eat and for some reason it just attracts people! In particular, kebab with minced meat is a star of the table, whenever we have guests!
There’s historical, and more importantly, artistic evidence that the ancient Greeks cooked something that looked like a kebab. Homer’s Odyssey mentions this type of meat preparation and cooking it on skewers. Wow, isn’t that exciting. Well, if you are a history geek as we are, then this is very interesting topic! 😉
Making it perfectly balanced, but still spicy Keto Kebab
I will give you my secret here! Spices get very heavy if you don’t ease down the acidity! This is why they are adding sugar. However, we will nor reach for stevia or monk fruit 😉 We will just add a dash of baking soda and make the things perfectly balanced in our Keto kebab. And to lift up the spirit, we will use Hungarian smoked paprika which will give us the colour, but also that wonderful aroma of smoke. Even if you prepare the Keto kebab in the oven, it will smell as if it was grilled on open fire.
Jumping to the recipe and loving Keto kebab all over again
Keto Kebab with best spice mixCourse: Main courseCuisine: Keto MediterraneanDifficulty: Medium
1 kilo (35 oz) minced lamb (2 or 3 times minced)
1 tsp sea salt
1 tsp white, red, black pepper mixture
1 tbsp smoked paprika powder
1 tsp garlic powder
1 tsp onion powder
1/2 tsp baking soda
2 tbsp dried oregano
1/2 tsp Ceylon cinnamon
1 tsp dried majoram
- Ask your butcher to mince a fatty part of the lamb (from leg) two or three times to get a very smooth consistency
- Place the meat in a mixing bowl or a self-standing mixer. Add the egg and all the spices. Mix until it’s finely unified.
- Cover the bowl with the meat mixture and place it in the refrigerator for at least 2 hours.
- Form 8 balls out of the meat mixture and thread a wooden skewer stick through each of them. Now create cylinders of meat by pressing the meat from sides. Press a little more at the edges.
- You can bake them in the oven at 250ºC (480ºF) for 20 minutes and flip them for another 5 minutes. Or prepare them in the air fryer but make sure you lined the tray with parchment paper so that you can save all the juices. Ideally, you will grill them and serve with Tzatziki sauce or crumbled feta cheese.
- You can prepare the kebabs and freeze them. Then before cooking, defrost them totally.