Tasty Turkish Kebabs

1:10 h

All hail this plant-based BBQ mega star. We really miss proper kebabs but this kick-ass recipe will make you wonder what you ever saw in the original incarnation. Bursting with flavour, easy to make and a sure-fire crowd pleaser. And everyone knows that hosting BBQs are all about showing off your superior grill skillz. We have nailed it when it comes to plant-based bbq recipes!

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For the tofu

<item-todo-done>250g firm tofu<item-todo-done>

For the tofu marinade

<item-todo-done>1 tsp sumac<item-todo-done><item-todo-done>1 tsp Aleppo pepper flakes - (substitute chilli flakes)<item-todo-done><item-todo-done>1 tsp pomegranate molasses<item-todo-done><item-todo-done>4 tbsp tahini<item-todo-done><item-todo-done>2 tbsp water<item-todo-done><item-todo-done> Juice of 1 lemon<item-todo-done><item-todo-done>1 garlic clove<item-todo-done>

For the vegetables

<item-todo-done>1 tsp olive oil<item-todo-done><item-todo-done>1 yellow bell pepper<item-todo-done><item-todo-done>150g cherry tomatoes<item-todo-done><item-todo-done>¼ aubergine<item-todo-done><item-todo-done> pinch of cayenne pepper<item-todo-done><item-todo-done> pinch of za'atar<item-todo-done>

To serve

<item-todo-done> pita bread or flatbreads to serve<item-todo-done>

Before you start

Tofu press | Kitchen roll | A heavy weight (cookery books are ideal!) | Zester | Food processor | Mixing bowl | Grill | Grill pan | Skewers

First, press the tofu

  • Press the tofu by placing in a tofu press or wrap it in kitchen paper and place under a heavy weight for 30 minutes
  • Cut into 9 cubes

Then marinade the tofu

  • Peel and roughly chop the garlic
  • Juice and zest the lemon
  • Combine all the marinade ingredients in the food processor, blitz to a smooth paste and season to taste
  • Pour half the marinade into a mixing bowl and reserve the other half to drizzle over the kebabs
  • Place the tofu cubes in half of the marinade and leave for at least 30 minutes (or overnight if you can)

Next, build the skewers

  • Chop the pepper into 2cm chunks, removing the seeds and pith
  • Chop the aubergine in to 2cm chunks
  • Place all vegetables in a bowl, add the oil, cayenne pepper and zaatar
  • Toss to mix well
  • Thread the tofu and veg chunks in whatever order you fancy onto the skewers

Then grill the bread and kebabs

  • Place a grill pan on a high heat and leave the pan for several minutes to allow it to become very hot
  • Place the pitta breads or flat breads on the grill and allow to cook for several minutes, turning once grill marks can be seen on the bread, set aside
  • Place the vegetable skewers on to the grill pan and cook for 5-10 minutes, turning half way through

Serve and enjoy!

  • Drizzle the skewers with leftover marinade
  • Garnish with fresh herbs and serve with salad and the grilled pitta or flat breads
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