Delicious and Juicy: Beef Kebab Recipe

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Nothing brings people together quite like the enticing aroma of sizzling kebabs on a grill. Among the countless variations of kebabs, the beef kebab stands out for its robust flavor and succulent texture. Whether you're planning a backyard barbecue or simply looking to indulge in a flavorful meal, this beef kebab recipe is sure to satisfy your cravings. Get ready to embark on a culinary adventure as we delve into the secrets of creating mouthwatering beef kebabs.

Ingredients:

  • 1 ½ pounds (700g) beef, preferably sirloin or tenderloin, cut into 1-inch cubes
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 teaspoons ground cumin
  • 2 teaspoons paprika
  • 1 teaspoon ground coriander
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • ½ teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • Wooden skewers, soaked in water for 30 minutes

Marinade Preparation:

  1. In a bowl, combine the olive oil, lemon juice, minced garlic, cumin, paprika, coriander, salt, and black pepper. Mix well to form a smooth marinade.
  2. Place the beef cubes in a large, shallow dish or resealable plastic bag. Pour the marinade over the beef, ensuring all the pieces are well coated. Cover the dish or seal the bag, and refrigerate for at least 2 hours, or ideally overnight, to allow the flavors to meld.

Kebab Assembly:

  1. Preheat your grill to medium-high heat or preheat the oven to 425°F (220°C) if using skewers in the oven.
  2. Remove the marinated beef from the refrigerator and let it sit at room temperature for 15-20 minutes before assembling the kebabs.
  3. Thread the beef cubes onto the wooden skewers, leaving a small space between each piece to ensure even cooking. If using metal skewers, skip the soaking step.
  4. If grilling, lightly oil the grates to prevent sticking. Place the kebabs on the grill and cook for approximately 8-10 minutes, turning occasionally to ensure all sides are evenly browned and the beef is cooked to your desired level of doneness. For oven cooking, place the skewers on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper and cook for about 15-20 minutes, flipping halfway through.

Serving Suggestions:

  1. Once the beef kebabs are cooked to perfection, remove them from the grill or oven and let them rest for a few minutes.
  2. Serve the beef kebabs on a platter, garnished with freshly chopped parsley or cilantro for added freshness and a vibrant touch.
  3. Accompany the kebabs with a selection of condiments and sides such as tzatziki sauce, hummus, pita bread, grilled vegetables, or a refreshing salad. These accompaniments add a burst of flavor and complement the beef kebabs beautifully.

Tips for Success:

  1. Choosing the right cut of beef is crucial for tender and juicy kebabs. Look for well-marbled cuts like sirloin or tenderloin, as they provide excellent flavor and tenderness.
  2. Marinating the beef in advance allows the flavors to penetrate the meat, resulting in a more flavorful end product. If you're pressed for time, marinate for a minimum of 2 hours, but for the best results, marinate overnight.
  3. Soaking the wooden skewers in water helps prevent them from burning during grilling or oven cooking. This step is essential to ensure your kebabs don't fall apart.
  4. If you're grilling the kebabs, preheat the grill and oil the grates before cooking to prevent sticking.
  5. While cooking, refrain from pressing down on the kebabs to retain their natural juices. Allow them to cook undisturbed and turn them gently to avoid losing moisture.
  6. Don't forget to let the kebabs rest for a few minutes after cooking. This allows the juices to redistribute throughout the meat, resulting in tender and juicy kebabs.

With its tantalizing blend of spices and melt-in-your-mouth beef, this kebab recipe is sure to become a crowd favorite at your next gathering. Whether enjoyed as a main course or as part of a festive spread, the beef kebabs offer a burst of flavors that will leave everyone craving for more. So fire up the grill or preheat the oven, and prepare to impress your guests with these irresistible beef kebabs.

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