Once Spring has sprung, after several months of collecting dust, the braai stands and splash pools start to come out as everyone knows that once warmer weather is about, it’s the perfect time for a braai. And when we think of braai season, thoughts of perfectly grilled steaks, juicy boerewors and tender pork chops are likely to come to mind. While every braai has those essential food items like garlic bread, pap, a variety of salads, and of course some meat, this season, why not try something slightly different with your Springtime braai?
Don’t worry, we don’t mean foregoing the meat! Instead, the next time you're getting ready to light the braai coals, consider adding a tasty kebab to your braai menu. If you’re keen to try something new this Spring, read on for our tips on simple kebab recipes you can try for some tasty meal ideas.
Make Kebabs King at Your Next Braai
Before we get into kebab recipes for you to try, let’s start with understanding how exactly kebabs came about. Kebabs are a cooked meat dish where chunks of meat are stacked on a skewer and then cooked. This meaty dish originated in the Middle East when Turkish soldiers would use their swords to grill pieces of meat over open fires. Which is why they're so ideal for a delicious braai!
Kebabs are such a quick and convenient way to whip up a tasty meal as traditionally a kebab recipe would mainly require a meat of your choice and some herbs and spices to flavour the meat. Nowadays, kebabs are often layered with a variety of foods like stuffed peppers, mushrooms, potatoes and your choice of meat. This is why when people ask, ‘how many types of kebabs are there?’, there’s no answer because it’s a matter of how many flavour combinations you can create!
The kebab ingredients are also often marinated and seasoned with different herbs, spices and sauces to create delicious flavours for a scrumptious kebab. So for those who’ve wondered, ‘are kebabs healthy?’, the answer is that they can be, depending on the ingredients you use.
Now that you know how kebabs came about, it’s time for you to get creative with developing different delicious flavour combinations to treat the family with. For some meal inspiration, check out these easy kebab recipe ideas for the perfect Spring braai.
Greek Lamb Kebabs
With a cooking time of just 25 minutes, this kebab recipe is quick and simple to make without sacrificing on scrumptious flavour. The Knorr Light Yoghurt and Herb Salad Dressing is the secret ingredient that infuses this kebab with a rich, herby flavour to give you an authentic taste of Greece.
Prawn and Bacon Sweet Chilli Kebabs
When you serve this dish at your next braai, look forward to your guests saying it’s the best kebab recipe they’ve had! You can never go wrong with some seafood on the braai grill, and when you combine that with the Knorr Creamy Sweet Chilli Salad Dressing, and crispy bacon strips, you have a guaranteed crowd-pleasing dish.
Spicy Lamb and Apricot Sosaties
Juicy, tender lamb spiced to perfection with sweet and tangy chunks of apricot make this local version of the kebab truly lekker! The secret to making this kebab extra yum is in the flavourful marinade, so try and let your lamb marinate overnight for the best flavour and then enjoy the deliciousness.
Try our mouth-watering kebab recipes for an exciting treat at your next braai and watch the braai invitations pile up when everyone wants a taste of your kebabs!