Summer is the perfect time of the year to invite friends over on a sunny afternoon for a barbecue. If you want to try something other than hamburgers or steaks, try making shish kebabs instead. You can use the meat of your choice and add in your favorite vegetables that make it a perfect meal when the crowd you are serving might be picky. Although good on their own, shish kebabs are easily paired with many side dishes.
When making shish kebabs for dinner, serve a side dish that is filling and complements your choice of meat. Rice is an easy solution as it can be spiced up to match the flavor of shish kebabs, be prepared in advance and eaten hot or cold.
Dips and Breads
For a Mediterranean twist, serve your shish kebabs with pita breads and dips, such as tzatziki, hummus, olive tapenade and baba ganoush. You can make the dips yourself or buy them at the grocery store. Some people also like to use pita bread stuffed with the contents of their shish kebab to create a sandwich. Certain dips, such as tzatziki, also taste great with shish kebabs as an alternative to barbecue or tomato sauce.
On hot days, cold salads taste great with shish kebabs. Couscous salads, tabouli, quinoa salads, pasta salad and roasted vegetable salads are all inventive solutions to liven up the usual side salad. Don't be afraid to add unusual ingredients, such as fruits, nuts and seeds, for added flavor and nutrients.
Vegetables and Fruits
If you are not an experienced cook or simply like to keep things minimal, serve shish kebabs with raw vegetable crudites. Include a selection of vegetables not used in your shish kebabs. Tomatoes, cucumber, broccoli, cauliflower and cucumber are all easy to prepare and taste great with shish kebabs. A fruit platter would also be a nice complement to shish kebabs and serves as a healthy desert option.
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