Greek Spiced Beef Kabobs with Coconut Tzatziki Sauce
I love skewers. They look super cool - I mean come on. It adds interest to any platter or plate...and making the dish your own, is always a good idea to me.
The Greek flavors of oregano, lemon zest, cumin + garlic combined with grass fed ground beef (I get ours from Five Marys Farms) paired with dairy free tzatziki + pita bread...OH, it's a winner.
The skewers cook up very fast + you will have left over spice blend to use on burgers or more kabobs. Save the blend in a glass air tight container + it will last a while.
BTW, how many times did I have to google how to spell TZATZIKI??? AAAhhh, it's a hard word, people!
Greek Spiced Beef Kabobs with Coconut Tzatziki sauce
1 lb. ground beef
1/3 gluten free panko bread crumbs
1 teaspoon tapioca flour
1 1/2 tablespoons Greek Spice Blend
8-10 wooden skewers
3 tablespoons olive oil, divided
1/2 cup full fat coconut milk
1/2 cup cucumbers
1 garlic clove
Salt + pepper, to taste
a few sprigs of fresh mint + basil
Using a medium sized mixing bowl, combine the ground beef, panko, tapioca + greek spice blend together (using your hands works best).
Heat a grill pan or heavy duty pan over high heat. Add 1 tablespoon of olive oil to the pan.
To assemble the skewers, add 1-2 tablespoons of meat into your hands. Form a short hot dog type shape. Using the pointy end of the skewer, place it firmly into the center of the meat coming out the other end about 1 inch. Repeat for the rest of the meat.
When the pan is smoking hot, add the skewers. Cook for 3-4 minutes per side. Remove from pan + let rest.
To make the Tzatziki sauce, combine the coconut milk, cucumbers, garlic clove 1 pinch of each salt + pepper + 1 tablespoon olive oil together. Using a hand blender or blender, blend a few times on pulse. Drizzle over the kabobs + serve along side the pita for extra dipping or sauce.
Serve with Bay Leaf Rice mixed with raw pumpkin seeds, pita bread, greens + fresh garlic hummus.
Greek Spice Blend
1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
1/2 teaspoon dried lemon zest
1/2 teaspoon sea salt
1 tablespoons dried Greek oregano (or regular works too)
1/2 teaspoon black pepper
1/2 teaspoon onion powder
1/2 teaspoon cumin
1 pinch red pepper flakes
Mix all the ingredients together in a small bowl. Set aside until needed.
*Use yogurt or sour cream, instead of coconut milk
*Use regular panko bread crumbs instead of gluten free.
*Use flour, arrowroot flour or leave it out completely, instead of tapioca.