Venison Kofta Kebabs  

Venison Kofta Kebabs
Kofta Kebabs are a perfect mix with ground venison! I found this wonderful recipe for these tasty kebabs over at The Mediterranean Dish and just had to try them.
 
Since they are usually made with lamb or a combination of lamb and beef, I thought they might be just the thing for the delicious venison I have and we were not disappointed. 

Using prepared pita bread and lots of fresh veggies this meal is simple and satisfying. I do like to serve it with tahini sauce but if you don't have any tahini on hand a simple dressing of plain yogurt with a dash of lemon is a wonderful topping too.

 

 

Venison Kofta Kebabs

Prepare the pita bread and toppings before you start grilling. We also grill the pita bread on the Green Mountain Grill while the kebabs finish searing.

Our venison is fairly finely ground, so I minced the onion and parsley nearly into a paste in my food processor before adding it to the meat, bread crumbs and spices. This makes the kofta mixture come together nice and smooth. 

If you have more coarsely ground meat and a large processor, feel free to combine the whole mixture together in a food processor then remove the mixture to a large bowl and begin making the kofta.

Venison Kofta Kebabs

To form the kebabs, take a large ball of the meat mixture with your hand and mold it on a wooden skewer.

 

When using wooden skewers, always soak them in water for 30-60 minutes before you begin adding ingredients to them to keep them from burning up while you're grilling. I usually add them to water first thing while preparing kebabs.

 

 

Venison Kofta Kebabs

Place the kofta kebabs on the lightly oiled, heated grill.

Venison Kofta Kebabs

We use a Green Mountain Grill to smoke the kebabs for about 10 minutes on each side at 375 degrees before moving them to a searing (gas)grill to finish them (about 4 minutes per side). You can also use a gas grill only and cook them for 4-6 minutes per side.

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I serve the kofta kebabs with pita bread, tahini sauce, sliced onions, tomatoes and more fresh parsley. 
If you like bold flavors this is your dish! 
Cheers!
~Melisa
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