Thursday, August 28, 2014

Shishkebob, and Foreman Grills Question

A meal that is part of any warm weather we have, spring, summer and fall, shishkebob. There are several spellings for this meal, including shish kebab. My computer keyboard doesn't allow for the Turkish typing of sis, which is pronounced shish.
We use metal skewers (shish), some of them are from Turkey and are the best kind which means that the blades are a little flattened and not round, so the meat doesn't slip and turn as you turn the skewers.
I learned to savor this meal the year I was in college in Istanbul, Turkey, where it is a popular dish.
Small pieces of lamb, steak, pork, chicken or shrimp, about 1 or 2 inches across, add lots of veggies and voila.
We like onions, green peppers, tomatoes and mushrooms.
Notice that the meat is on a separate skewer. This is important since the meat takes longer to cook. If you put meat and veggies on the same skewer you can end up with raw meat and charred vegetables.
You may marinate the meat in olive oil and lemon juice or a marinade of your choice, or just baste with the marinade while cooking the shishkebob.
My husband volunteers to be in charge of prep and cooking.
Thank you dear hubby.
George Foreman Grills
I have read that the George Foreman grills are handy for cooking vegetables, like green beans. Have you tried this? I don't have one of those grills and am thinking of buying one for the convenience of cooking vegetables indoors on the grill. If you have a George Foreman or similar grill, how do you use it?

31 comments:

Nellie said...

These sound delicious,Terra! We've a small, older model Foreman grill, and the plates do not detach, making it not quite as easy for cleanup as one might wish, but I've used it for veggies, chicken, hamburgers, and other things indoors.

The Quintessential Magpie said...

It has been years since we used ours, but it was convenient and could be used inside. Our kitchen was small, and it got to be tricky in terms of space. But we enjoyed it.

That is good to know about cooking the meat separately. I have never heard that. Thanks!

xo

Sheila

Mari said...

I love shish-kabobs! We don't have them often, because my hubby isn't a fan of them. I used to do them on a Foreman grill, but it is difficult space wise. I have a couissinart counter top grill that works well.

June said...

Y-U-M! I sure wish I was eating at your house tonight Terra!
hugs...

Glenda/MidSouth said...

Yum - those look delish.
I am of no help about the grill. I have a GF, but have never used it to cook veggies. The plates on mine can't be removed for easy cleanup, so don't use it often.

Wanda said...

We just call them "kabobs" but I love the idea of flat rather than round sticks.
Don't have a Foreman Grill. Have grilled veggies in the broiler on the oven.

Happyone said...

Oh boy does do they look good!!!
No, I don't have a Foreman grill.

Starting Over, Accepting Changes - Maybe said...

I love my George Forman grill in the winter. It is quick, easy to clean and everything comes out just right.

Pom Pom said...

Tasty, I'm sure! I have never had a George Foreman grill either.

Kimmie said...

Yummo!

Susan said...

The kabobs look soooo good, Terra.

Oh dear. I have to admit that I have a grill under cover in the back yard and it has not been uncovered in at least three years.

If I lived near you, it would be yours! ha!

Just dont grill much anymore.

Take care. Susan

Blondie's Journal said...

I need to get some real skewers. I use the wooden ones which have to be soaked and are very hard to turn. I just learned of the method to do the meat and veggies separate! I don't know why it hadn't occurred to me! Anyway, your kebobs look terrific!

I wish I could help you with the GF grill. I have never owned one.

Jane xx

Jane and Lance Hattatt said...

Hello,

We are no use whatsoever with any culinary matters either inside or out, but we do love the look of your shish kebabs!

So colourful and they look healthy as well as delicious.

Debbie said...

I like a blog called "Happier Than A Pig in Mud". She has done posts about grilling all kinds of stuff, including vegetables on her GF. I'm almost positive that she did green beans on there in a post not too long ago. I keep planning to drag mine back out, especially since the nest is emptier.

As for the shishkebob, or however it's spelled, that is right up our alley. We love stuff like that here. I do like to put my vidalia onions on with the meat, even it they get a little overdone, because of the blending of flavors.

Michaele said...

I haven't made these but it really is a fantastic idea! Looks great!

Gert said...

We love shush kabobs! My Tom makes them, they are wonderful!! Our George Foreman grill was an old one, it was only for hamburgers!

Blessings,
Gert

Anitha said...

Your shish-kabob looks so yummy! i haven't made one in a long time but looking at yours makes me want to try them..

Hilary Melton-Butcher said...

Hi Terra .. don't know whether you're using it this weekend - but enjoy .. those kebabs look amazing.

I had a small George Foreman grill - where the plates didn't detach .. I'd definitely get another with the plates detaching and making washing up much easier ...

I am having a serious thought about it before your post ... I had a check up - and may well end up getting one ...

Cheers and happy Labour weekend - Hilary

Linda said...

Hi Terra,
we call them shish ka bobs. at home in upstate NY we have this meat marinated you can buy in the grocery store called Spiedies
you can order the sauce or order the meat, bread etc and have it sent overnight- Bob and I are going to do it one day when the hunger for home is too strong! I make a lot of meat for skewers. Chicken and steak. We grill ours outside on the grill. You made me hungry! LOL! Thanks for stopping by my blog! Linda

Red Rose Alley said...

Terra,
You went to college in Instanbul - how wonderful? Oh, these shishkabobs look delicious. You know, the grill we use is just a small Weber barbecue, and I think they are the best for barbecues.

Have a peaceful Sunday, Terra.

love,
~Sheri

Sweet Tea said...

Well, "DUH"! I have never thought of grilling meat and veggies separately, which explains why my efforts at grilling Kabobs never works out. Thanks for the tip! You went to school in Turkey! Do tell!

Oregon Gifts of Comfort and Joy said...

Hi Terra, thanks for the tip about cooking the meat separately. This looks so good, and it has been a long time since we have done this. I wish that I had an answer to your question. We use our gas BBQ at home, but I will bring a little one with us when we head off into the 5th wheel.

Hugs,
Kathy M.

Jennifer Beaudet said...

That sound so good! I don't have one but I should! I cook a lot of meat on the paleo diet.
Jen:)

Casa Mariposa said...

Istanbul is one of m y favorite cities! I love that you studied there. :o) Your kabobs look delish. There are many ethnic kabob restaurants in my area so we rarely make them.

Ginny said...

These look so good! Here, we use wooden skewers and soak them first. I haven't had any in so long...

Felisol said...

This looks delicious. Being from Norway I am not that clever of foreign cooking, but I've been to Istambul, and I am really good at eating and enjoying a delicious meal like this.

Dee said...

I love Shish Kabobs...and it is a good tip to do the meat separate. Many of us find out the hard way. :) I had a George foreman...an older model and what ever you want to do just give it a try...most of the time it turns out.

Highland Monkey's said...

food always taste better when someone else is cooking it. That recipe sounds delicious.

Tanna at The Brick Street Bungalow said...

I hope you share info on cooking the veggies on a George Forman grill... sounds good.

Your Shish-kebobs look DELISH! blessings ~ tanna

koralee said...

Thank you for your kind words today my friend...so glad to finally come over for a visit. I love Shishkebobs! I think we need to have more of them...I am a vegetarian so they are an easy meal to adapt. Happy weekend to you. xo

Lady Jane said...

Hi Terra, I have a Cuisinart Griddler. I love it. It comes with removable plates for washing. One side is flat and the other sides are like a grill. You can cook with it open or closed. It is great for bacon, sausage, hamburgers, chicken and shish ka bob. You can use it for pancakes, eggs, grill cheese, grilled sandwiches etc. I love mine in the mornings for bagels or English muffins. Check it out you will love it.