The Meatwave: Barbecue & Grilling Recipes, Reviews, Tips, and Tricks

Middle Eastern

Thu Jul 26, 2018

Chicken Shawarma

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Chicken Shawarma

I did a stint studying abroad in Tel Aviv, and during that time, shawarma was the most consistent item in my diet—it was common for it to be my lunch or dinner many, many times a week. This built an unwavering love for this spiced meat usually cooked on a vertical rotisserie and then stuffed into pitas with a multitude of toppings. I've tried shawarma at home before, but my use of lean turkey breast didn't render the glistening, fatty output that's one reason this stuff is so delicious. So it was kind of a no brainer to give shawarma another shot at a Middle Eastern-themed Meatwave I threw earlier this month, and this time, I it fared much better.

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Thu Jul 5, 2018

Grilled Za'atar Bread

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Za'atar Bread

There's nothing quite like fresh bread. I was at the end of a long and hot Meatwave this past weekend, having worked through about five hearty recipes that left all my all guests throughly stuffed when I finally got around the grilling this za'atar bread. I worried everyone would be too full to eat much of it, but it only took mere minutes after I put out the six whole pieces bread for them to disappear—the draw of hot, fresh bread is something I feel like you can always make room for, kind of like dessert. There were so many reasons why this bread was extremely pleasing, but being the cook, one of the best parts was how simple it was to make.

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Thu Sep 7, 2017

Grilled Falafel Pitas

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Grilled Falafel

It took me a long time to get into falafel. Even when I was living in Israel and traveling around the Middle East, I rarely ate these chickpea fritters, always opting for what I saw as a far superior option—shawarma. It's only been the last ten or so years that I've partaken in moderate falafel consumption, and while I'm more favorable to it on the whole now, whenever I see the bright green, herb-loaded versions, I'm all in. This type of falafel is true magic, packing immense flavor on top of that already irresistible exterior crunch. So when I was putting together a meatball-themed Meatwave earlier this year and was considering what a proper vegetarian option may be, this style of falafel quickly popped into my mind and I went with it.

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Tue Jul 29, 2014

Spicy and Chunky Baba Ghanoush

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Chunky & Spicy Baba Ghanoush

While in Southern Spain last spring, I came across a baba ghanoush in a Moroccan restaurant that was so starkly different than what I make that it ignited a desire to try to put together something similar as soon as I got home. It took me a few years to get a baba ghanoush recipe I really loved, and since then, I haven't changed a thing, but this new variation challenged me to rethink how to put together this smoky eggplant dip. My recipe was smooth, this dip was chunky. My recipe was mellow, this had a kick of heat to it. My recipe was thick and creamy, this one was thinner and oily (in a good way). So I had my work cut out for me, but I was up to the task and this spicy and chunky baba ghanoush is what came out of it.

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Thu Sep 15, 2011

Turkey Shawarma

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Turkey Shawarama

I just received a brand spanking new passport in the mail yesterday. I don't know what it was, but I some how felt odd that I was without a valid passport for over half a year. It's not that I had any plans to go anywhere, but not having that option always lingered in the back of my head. It was pure laziness that it took my so long to renew—who really wants to sit and measure a photo of them self to Department of State guidelines—but now that I have it, I'm fantasizing of all the places I've been and want to go. Looking through my previous passports while putting my new one away, I flipped through the visa pages of my most used passport, filled with stamps from Middle Eastern journeys, and all of sudden, more than anything, I just wanted some shawarma.

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