I love eating the kind of kebab they make in Morocco. The way they mix their meats with herbs is really good. I have adapted that into my cooking.
The great thing is, you don’t really have to have a recipe. Just make it out of what you have on hand for the moment.
My family comes from Öland, an island in the south-eastern parts of Sweden. It is an island with very old traditions and treasures. Art is a big focus there. Öland is my favorite place to spend my time. I am very proud to say that I am part “Ölanning” (“Ölander”). Growing up, I always heard that one should “save the Öland’s sheep by eating lamb ever so often. I still try to add lamb to my repertoire whenever I can.
This kebab is a perfect time to sneak in some lamb. You can make it with all ground beef, but I make it part lamb part beef.
Kebab with cardamom rice.
1 part ground beef.
1 part ground lamb. (You can make it all beef or all lamb or even use any other kind of meat.)
1/2 cup finely chopped herbs. (I usually take parsley, mint, thyme and basil. Equal amounts of each. If you use lamb, you could add a little rosemary.)
1/2 fresh pepper (Or any kind of dried pepper.)
10-12 cardamom pods.
1 stock cube.
Salad for presentation.
Mango chutney or salsa to serve on the side.
Hot sauce on the side.
Mix the meat with all the chopped herbs. Add salt & pepper to taste. You could also add couple of tablespoons mango chutney. It makes the kebabs a little bit more juicy.
Shape the meat mixture into kebabs. Either fry them as they are on the stove or stick a skewer into the center and fry them like that. Note that you must soak the skewers first so that they do not burn. Make sure to brown on all sides.
While working on the kebab, boil the rice. Use 1 part rice 2 parts water. Add the stock cube and the cardamom pods to the water. Get to a boil. Add the well rinsed rice.
Place the rice in the center of a plate. Add a little salad on top and then finish off with the kebabs.
Serve with the mango chutney and some hot sauce.
Here are some pictures of Öland.
The barn at my father’s farm. It used to belong to my grandfather.
Gettlinge gravfält- Gettlinge Burial mounds.
Störlinge windmills. The one in the foreground is my dad’s.
The main street in Vickleby, my moms village.