The Real Turkish Shish Kebab


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Appears in
The Barbecue Bible

By Steven Raichlen

Published 1998

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Shish kebab is Turkey’s most celebrated kebab (although the average Turk eats it far less often than ground lamb kebabs). There are probably as many versions in Turkey as there are individual cooks. This one—from the restaurant Develi in Istanbul—owes its tangy flavor to a twenty-four-hour soak in olive oil and yogurt. Contrary to American versions of the dish, Turkish shish kebab rarely comes with vegetables on the same skewer as the meat. Rather, the vegetables are grilled on separate ske