Lula Kebobs

so amazing armenian lula kebobs
Jill Says  •  My best friend, Karrie, is half Armenian. I met her in the sixth grade and, as a kid, always loved eating at her house where I was introduced to all kinds of new delicious dishes.  These tasty lula kebobs were, and still are, one of my favorites. They are the perfect marriage between a meat patty and a kebob. If you don’t have skewers, you can form the meat into patties or even meatballs.

serves 10-123 pounds ground sirloin or lamb
1 large yellow onion, finely chopped
¼ cup parsley, finely chopped
1 tablespoon fresh mint, finely chopped
1 egg
2 teaspoons ground cumin
1 tablespoon paprika
½ teaspoon garlic powder
2 teaspoons salt
1 teaspoon freshly ground pepper
2 tablespoons tomato paste
juice of ½ lemon
Parsley Is The Key To Success Salad (page 00)
Sumac Flavored Red Onions (recipe below)

  1. Use your hands to mix the first 12 ingredients together until just combined. Over-mixing may result in meat that is tough.
  2. Still using your hands, gently squeeze the meat onto metal skewers to form kebobs. Place kebobs on a sheet tray lined with parchment. If you have time, it’s a good idea to cover the tray with plastic and place the kebobs in the fridge for 30 minutes or so.  There are two reasons for this: 1) The flavors have a chance to meld together and 2) the cold keeps the meat from falling off the skewers.
  3. Heat the grill. Once hot, grill the kebobs about 3-4 minutes on each side. Serve with Parsley Is The Key To Success Salad (recipe, page 00) and Sumac Flavored Red Onions (recipe follows).

sumac flavored onions
Sumac is a wonderfully tart spice used in middle-eastern cooking. These onions are great with lula kebobs, a piece of steak, a lamb chop or even with fish or chicken.
 
1 large red onion, cut in half and thinly sliced
1 tablespoon sumac

  1. Mix onion and sumac together and let sit for about 10 minutes before serving.

Jill’s smart idea
Once my mother-in-law, Lynn, made a shepherd’s pie out of this recipe. She started by sautéing onions and tomatoes. Next she broke up the cooked meat, added it to some veggies, put mashed potatoes and cheese on top and baked it. Delicious!