Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Kebab


Nothing like the kebabs they sell on the streets of Accra at night with that hot pepper on it lol. But since I'm not in Ghana this is the closest thing I could make to satisfy my cravings. This is what you will normally see at MOST Ghanaian events in New York. You can tweak this according to your preference. Some like it really spicy and some would rather not have spicy at all.

Ingredients:
  • 2lbs beef 
  • 1 big onion 
  • 1 green pepper(optional) 
  • Kebab powder(you can get some of this at some African markets. I brought mine from Ghana) 
  • 1 tablespoon seasoning salt
  • 1 tablespoon black pepper
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 tablespoon of parsley flakes
  • 1 tablespoon of crushed red pepper(optional)
  • 1 -2 tablespoons of red pepper or cayenne pepper(optional)
Method:

  1. Wash the beef and cut it into small pieces
  2. Season it with the seasoning salt and black pepper,parsley,crushed pepper,red pepper and two tablespoons of the kebab powder(if you have time you can put it in the fridge over night so it marinates well)
  3. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (177 degrees C), spread the seasoned beef in a greased baking sheet and bake it for 30-45mins(depending on how deep your pan is) with constant stirring until its ready
  4. In a small sauce pan,melt a 1/3 teaspoon of butter add your chopped onions and green pepper,stir in a tablespoon of kebab powder and saute it for a minute. Now the fun part begins lol, if you have the kebab sticks this would be perfect, stick one beef, add an onion and green pepper, keep going until there's no more beef and veggies left. (You should have about 3 beef on each stick,depending on how big you cut the beef). 
  5. Sprinkle some kebab powder on them and serve, ENJOY!
PS: Some people complain about how dry some kebabs are,to prevent this if you have some plain tomato stew at home you can toss about 3 tablespoons on the baked meat and put it back in the oven for about 10 minutes. 

Beef

I had to cut a lot of fat out of this. Before seasoning. (This was for a larger batch of kebabs)
Seasoned and ready for the fridge to marinate well or ready for the oven

Spread foil in oven and bake it (PS:This creates alot of mess)

Easier method to bake(PS:Just takes a little more time to cook)

Step by step of the veggies that were used for the kebabs

This was for a friend's birthday party that's why it looks like a lot but this is how your kebabs should look when you are done. Sprinkled with a little more kebab powder

Ghanaian Pancake

As I was going through my blog stats, I saw that someone was searching for the recipe for this. Then I asked myself, how did we make pancakes in Ghana when we didn't have Auntie Jemima. Since I couldn't remember very well I went straight to my mom and asked,she wasn't so sure either,its been a while so pardon us lol but we finally figured it out!! So here we have it. They remind me slightly of crepes because of how thin they are lol.

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup of flour
  • 1 tablespoon of butter
  • 2-3 tablespoons of sugar or more(depending on how sweet you want it)
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/4 teaspoon of salt
  • 1/3 teaspoon of nutmeg
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1 cup evaporated milk
  • 1 teaspoon of oil for frying(I use coconut oil for everything now but vegetable or canola oil will do too)
Method:
  1. In a bowl, melt the butter(you can melt it in the microwave), then beat in the eggs, add half a cup of water, add in the flour and mix very well till there are little to no lumps in the mixture. 
  2. Add in the sugar, milk, salt and the remaining half cup of water, continue mixing till its very smooth with minimal lumps(Some people like to blend their mixture so it can have a very smoother consistency, but that's extra work for me so I just mix by hand)
  3. On medium heat , add the teaspoon of oil to a small frying pan, when the oil is hot, pour some of the batter in, tilt the pan in a way that the batter fills up the whole pan(see pictures), fry till there are bubbles on the top(see picture)
  4. Using a spatula turn the pancake and allow that to also fry till its golden brown.

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Lets Eat!!!..Hehe