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Peach Kebab

Sample Dishes from Turkish Cuisine



Peach Kebab (Şeftali Kebabı)

IngredientsMeasureAmount
Lamb abdominal membrane1 piece75 gr
Water1 cup200 gr
Tomato1 medium size110 gr
Green Pepper3 medium size50 gr
Ground Meat2 4/5 cup500 gr
Salt2 teaspoon12 gr
Black Pepper1/2 teaspoon1 gr
Red pepper1/2 teaspoon1 gr
Cummin1/2 teaspoon1 gr

Preparation

Place ground meat in a mixing bowl. Sprinkle with salt and spices; mixing thoroughly. Divide into 6 portions. Shape into oval patties. Set aside. Place caul (omentum) of mutton into lukewarm water, smoothing wrinkles with fıngers. Cut caul into 6 squares. Cut tomato into 6 slices. Remove stems and seeds of green peppers. Cut peppers into crosswise pieces. Place 1 slice of tomato on each membrane. Arrange two strips of pepper on both sides of tomato. Top vegetables with meat patties. Wrap like a bundle, folding and overlapping opposite edges on each other. Turn bundles upside-down. Arrange in a baking dish 2 1/2 cm (1 inch) apart. Add water gradually from one corner of dish. Bake in a moderate oven for 45-50 minutes; until lightly brown. Serve hot.

Servings: 6

Nutritional Value
(in approximately one serving)

Energy226 cal
Protein14,1 g
Fat17,9 g
Carbohydrates1,5 g
Calcium14 mg
Iron1,131 mg
Phosphorus131 mg
Zinc2 mg
Sodium810 mg
Vitamin A202 iu
Thiamine0,13 mg
Riboflavin0,15 mg
Niacin4,19 mg
Vitamin C6 mg
Cholesterol58 mg

Regional Characteristics:

This is a favorite Cyprus dish of Turkish Cypriots. The name derived from a misunderstanding. A chief cook named Ali in Cyprus once prepared this very special kebab with excellent delicacy so the dish is named after him: "Chief Ali's Kebab", chief is pronounced in Turkish sounding like "Shef'. "Shef Ali" became "Şeftali" in the course of time: Şeftali means "Peach" in Turkish. So this dish come to be called "Şeftali Kebab" or "Peach Kebab", served either for lunch or supper following a soup with any vegetable dish cooked in olive oil in the Mediterranean style.