A few words from Mira about Jordan and her Royal Kebabs, excerpted from the cookbook…
“Jordan is a small country in the Middle East with a population of about 6 million. I love the air and the land here. I have many cherished memories in this part of the world, especially from my childhood. Amman was where we spent our summer vacations, and what fun we had! The beautiful weather, the caring and loving family atmosphere, and the invitations to dinners prepared with fresh and flavorful ingredients that had been fed by the sun and soil of Jordan – all combined to make my summers wonderful and memorable.
“Food in our part of the world is healthy, fresh and delicious, and brings people together several times a day. I come from a family that has long appreciated and enjoyed the pleasures of cooking, sitting around the table and sharing a meal with family and friends. As you can imagine, growing up in my family instilled in me not only a love of cooking, but of sharing, learning and preparing food for others. I was always by my mother’s side to learn everything she could teach me.
About the Royal Kebabs…
“I cooked this dish as a thank you gift for a friend. While it was baking, my next door neighbor knocked on my door, and told me that her guests were urging her to ask me what I was cooking because it smelled amazing! Of course I sent them a plate to taste.
“The Royal Kebabs are easy to prepare ahead of time, and a definite crowd pleaser!”
Notes on the Royal Kebabs recipe
Outside of the U.S., the word Kebab or Kabob refers to more than just chunks of meat roasted on a stick. In this case, ground beef is rolled into logs, wrapped in succulent eggplant, and baked with a zesty sauce.
This recipe is perfect for a weekend gathering. It can be put together ahead of time and baked right before serving, or baked ahead of time and reheated just before serving.
Serve the kebabs on their own, or alongside rice and a green salad. They make a satisfying entree, or can be enjoyed as an appetizer.
While not traditional, and perhaps a bit cross-cultural, I think the royal kebabs would be delicious served with a drizzle of zhoug (a fiery Yemenite condiment) or alongside a plate of shakshuka (a savory combination of eggs and tomatoes enjoyed throughout the Middle East, but especially in Israel).