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A picnic on father’s day

A picnic on father’s day

Ever heard of keftas? These delicious spicy meat patties are a cinch to make on the BBQ and perfect for celebrating Father’s Day.

Eastern flavours

Barbecues and Father’s Day go hand in hand! This year, try something new with our kefta recipe: delicious Middle Eastern meat kebabs, typically made with ground beef or lamb, spices (allspice, cumin) and fresh herbs (cilantro, parsley). They’re usually served on pita-style bread with a yogourt, herb or tomato-based sauce. To cook them, use a public BBQ (some parks have them) or you can take your portable grill on the road. You can also grill your keftas at home beforehand. Hot or cold, they’re delicious. Serve them with naan bread, tzatziki sauce and a refreshing tomato salad.

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Middle Eastern trends

Flavours of the Middle East are showing up in more and more of our recipes, and that’s a good thing! There are loads of different spices that you can use to flavour your dishes and fun new ways to incorporate legumes into your cooking. For a themed picnic, serve your beef keftas with tabbouleh and a selection of meze (appetizer-size dishes) such as eggplant caviar, meat or vegetarian kibbeh, fatayer (cheese-and-spinach tarts) and muhammara (a nut-and-red-pepper dip).

Beef keftas

Preparation: 10 minutes
Resting time: 1 hour
Cooking: 10 minutes
Cost per serving: About $2
Makes 8 skewers

Keftas
454 g (1 lb) medium-lean ground beef
4 green onions, thinly sliced
5 mL (1 tsp) ground cumin
5 mL (1 tsp) allspice
60 mL (1/4 cup) fresh parsley, chopped
7.5 mL (1 1/2 tsp) salt
5 mL (1 tsp) pepper

Herb sauce
125 mL (1/2 cup) parsley leaves
125 mL (1/2 cup) cilantro leaves
125 mL (1/2 cup) basil leaves
125 mL (1/2 cup) pitted green olives
125 mL (1/2 cup) olive oil
30 mL (2 tbsp) sherry vinegar
30 mL (2 tbsp) Dijon mustard
Salt and pepper

1. In a large bowl, combine all the ingredients for the keftas, cover and let chill in the fridge for at least one hour. 2. Divide the mixture into eight equal portions and form each portion into a sausage shape.

On the BBQ: Insert a skewer in the centre of the meat, pressing the meat tightly around the skewer. Grill over medium heat, approximately 5 minutes each side.

On the stovetop: Slightly flatten meat. Heat a bit of oil in a skillet set over medium heat. Cook approximately 5 minutes each side.

Sauce: Finely chop all the fresh herbs and olives. Add the oil, vinegar and mustard. Season with salt and pepper.

What to drink with these keftas?

Montepulciano: the king of grapes in Italy’s Abruzzo region. It’s also always a wise choice when it comes to pairing a wine with grilled meat. The versatile and flavourful reds we’ve listed really highlight the spices in our beef kefta recipe. You could also opt for a robust red from Australia. Grenache and Shiraz blends pair nicely with grilled meat as well.
If you’re a beer drinker, go for an IPA-style brew that has floral aromas, crisp hop flavours and pronounced bitterness.

Masciarelli Montepulciano d'Abruzzo

$16.30

Masciarelli Montepulciano d'Abruzzo

Red wine750 mlItaly
Masciarelli Montepulciano d'Abruzzo

Masciarelli Montepulciano d'Abruzzo

$16.30

Red wine750 mlItaly, AbruzziSAQ code : 10863774
19 Crimes

$17.45$18.95

19 Crimes

Red wine750 mlAustralia
19 Crimes

19 Crimes

$17.45$18.95

Red wine750 mlAustralia, South AustraliaSAQ code : 12073995
  • Grape variety(ies):
  • Grenache, 
  • Shiraz, 
  • Mourvèdre
Sweetwater IPA, Strong

$3.85

Sweetwater IPA, Strong

Golden Ale473 mlUnited States
Sweetwater IPA, Strong

Sweetwater IPA, Strong

$3.85

Golden Ale473 mlUnited States, GeorgiaSAQ code : 13568607
Not available onlineSee quantity in stores

Spice it up

Are you a fan of Lebanese, Syrian or Israeli cuisine? Here are some star ingredients to stock up on. When it comes to spices, make sure to have on hand the following: Aleppo pepper, allspice (Jamaican pepper), mint, sumac and zaatar. As far as condiments go, pomegranate molasses is essential! At once acidic and fruity, pomegranate molasses is a delicious alternative to balsamic vinegar in salads, and caramelizes grilled meat to perfection. Most of these spices are available in big box grocery stores or specialty food shops.

 

DISCOVER OUR RECIPE AND BEVERAGE PAIRING SUGGESTIONS FOR YOUR SUMMER OUTINGS:
+COLOURFUL PICNIC
+PRACTICAL PICNIC
+AL FRESCO DINING
+CLASSIC PICNIC
+MOTHER’S DAY PICNIC

Photos: Maude Chauvin and David De Stefano (recipes)

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