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sides with shish kebob

stymie May 19, 2012 02:43 PM

Planning a kabob barbecue next week. Looking for suggestions for side dishes that will work well.

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    wyogal RE: stymie May 19, 2012 02:49 PM

    What type of kabobs? Lamb? Are you looking for Middle Eastern recipes?

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      stymie RE: wyogal May 19, 2012 07:45 PM

      mix of lamb, beef, chix. greek or mid east or any thing that works. already planning on some hummus, pita, babbaganoush. maybe a greek salad, or a cuke and tomato medley

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        katecm RE: stymie May 21, 2012 03:48 PM

        I'm gonna overrule the couscous because, as much as I love it, you have hummus and pita for starch. I'd do a good yogurt/feta sauce and grill some zucchini and yellow squash and cherry tomatoes and that feta sauce will be great with the meat, as well. Throw in your cuke/tomato and you've got a great meal - one of my favorites for entertaining, because it's so relaxed and casual as you all dig in.

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      robt5265 RE: stymie May 19, 2012 02:53 PM

      what about an herb rice pilaf.

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        Philly Ray RE: stymie May 19, 2012 02:55 PM


        1. Cheese Boy RE: stymie May 19, 2012 09:06 PM

          Roasted lemon potatoes
          Isreali couscous salad
          Grilled corn
          Fattoush salad

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            whinendine RE: stymie May 20, 2012 06:00 PM

            Great that you are serving with pita, hummus, babaganoush. Grilled hot peppers and onions are usually good. Tabouli and tzatziki are a couple of other side dishes you might like.

            1. twodales RE: stymie May 20, 2012 06:08 PM

              I would go with couscous. You could try this as it's very good! I don't care for the harissa so I skip that part.


              1. mamachef RE: stymie May 21, 2012 04:20 PM

                Orzo salad, either with diced steamed zucchini and halved cherry tomatoes and a vinaigrette that has M. E. spices, or with diced dried apricots, dried cranberries and currants, and sliced almonds, with a citrusy/cuminy vinaigrette or something a litle more sweet/sour.

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                  valerie RE: mamachef May 22, 2012 10:17 AM

                  I like these 2 orzo salads and you can easily do them with couscous as well.

                  Orzo with Roasted Vegetables


                  Orzo with Tomatoes, Feta, and Green Onions


                2. Uncle Bob RE: stymie May 21, 2012 04:25 PM

                  One of the many themes and variations on.... Couscous Salad.

                  1. JungMann RE: stymie May 22, 2012 08:34 AM

                    If you're already doing pita, hummus and baba ghannouj, perhaps you can add another dip with a slightly different flavor profile. Muhammara, made from roasted red peppers, pomegranate molasses and walnuts is the first thing that comes to mind. Grilled corn with a herb butter made from dill, parsley and scallions could also be good. Cucumber and tomato salad sounds great, particularly if you liven it up with chopped mint and parsley.

                    Sauces are what make a barbecue for me, so I would also consider making toum, Lebanese garlic sauce, and/or tahini sauce.

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                      smtucker RE: stymie May 23, 2012 09:30 AM


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