World Kebab Day is celebrated each year on the 2nd Friday in July.
There will not be peace until access to the kebab is universal – Kofi Annan
There is something special about a kebab, that combination of meat and vegetables skewered on a bamboo spear roasted over coals. The smoky flavor, the fantastic array of seasonings, or just the combination of the carnivore’s favorite treat and the herbivore’s secret vice makes it a place where we all can meet.
Kebab Day celebrates this delicious barbecue favorite and its origins, and of course, gives us an excuse to eat all the kebab we want!
Learn about Kebab Day
Kebab Day has been created so that we can celebrate this incredible meal! No matter whether you like to have a doner kebab after you have been clubbing with your friends or you are a fan of the shish kebab and often make them yourself, this is a day to celebrate.
There is only one thing that can be on the menu this evening! If you’re a vegetarian, fear not! You can easily make a vegetarian kebab. A lot of people have substituted the traditional meat with different ingredients, such as tofu, cheese, and vegetables over the years.
History of Kebab Day
Kebabs have a long and august history, starting in the Middle East where initially they were simply grilled meat heavily seasoned. There are two particular varieties which those of us in the West are particularly familiar, being shish kebab and doner kebab.
Shish kebab is far and away the more commonly known term and refers to a variety that is popular in Asia. Most commonly made of lamb or beef, it has also been known to contain swordfish or chicken. While we usually see these dishes prepared with the vegetables and meat on the same skewer, they were initially done separately.
The doner kebab, on the other hand, is most commonly known as the source of the meat for gyros. Essentially it’s layers of meat stacked into an inverted cone and slowly roasted by turning next to a vertical cooking element. The outer layer is slowly sliced as it cooks and served, most commonly in a pita as the famous gyro. This isn’t the only thing a doner kebab is used for, but if the others top the gyro… we’d like to try them.
Other varieties you might find are Kebab Kenjeh, Kebab Halabi, Burrah, Kalmi, and Galouti, just to name a few!
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