You love a good kebab and gyros have had your heart for years. But, over the last few years, you’ve noticed a new sliced meat treat advertised around town… döner kebabs!
What is this delectable meaty Turkish fare? How do you know what a good one looks like? With over 40 kebab types worldwide, why should you try this one?
We put together a quick guide to explain the history of these magnificent kebabs and what to look for in a good döner kebab. Keep reading to learn everything you need to know before ordering your next meal!
The Killer History of the Kebab
Researchers have claimed that the first Turkish kebab came from the Ottoman Empire in the 17th century and their popularity has expanded worldwide. They were meant as a hefty meal, clocking in at around 2,000 calories a day, for the Ottoman on the go.
If you’re looking for an original authentic recipe, our Iskender Kebab Plate pairs these original Ottoman flavors with a spiced butter sauce for an amazing kebab experience!
What Makes a Good Döner Kebab?
When you go out to find the perfect kebab, there are a few important things to look out for. Here’s what to expect from a well-made kebab.
Most often, chefs make kebabs from chicken, beef, lamb, and some times pork. The most important thing is that the freshness of the meat!
If you let the meat get too old or freezer-burned, the kebab won’t get tender and juicy. On top of that, the dry meat won’t absorb any of the marinade or sauce!
There are a few different marinade recipes for Turkish kebabs. Some use dry rubs and others get more saucy. But, a real Turkish kebab uses the distinct flavors of Turkish cuisine to make the kebab bursting with flavor!
This isn’t your grandpa’s grill! Turkish chefs make kebabs on a vertical rotating grill to ensure that the kebab gets even heat and char all around. A skilled chef knows how much to char the meat for flavor and won’t leave you with charcoal flavored meat.
A great Turkish kebab comes with the perfect sauce. You can’t have a thin sauce and you have to dial in the flavor intensity to complement the flavor in the meat as well as the veggies.
There are many different kebab sauces to choose from, so you’ll never get bored with your kebab!
Why Have Abs When You Can Have More Kebabs!
Though this Turkish treat has only started its journey in the United States, there’s already plenty of chefs making top-notch Turkish dishes in America. The trick is finding someone who makes an authentic version.
Keep these tips in mind and you’re sure to find the perfect kebab in a restaurant near you. Or, you could take a whack at making one yourself!
We hope you loved reading this article and that you learned a few things about döner kebabs. If you’re looking for the best kebabs in California or if you need kebab catering, contact our catering department today!