Lulu Kabobs Recipe on Food52

Grill/Barbecue

Lulu Kabobs

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August 20, 2019
3 Ratings
Author Notes

This is adapted from great family friends who are Armenian. Surely there's a more authentic recipe (and name!) out there, but here's the version that became a staple in my house growing up and now, in my own kitchen. —Midge

Test Kitchen Notes

The Lulu Kabobs are perfect for a quick weeknight meal when you want a little bit of an exotic flavor. They were easy to make and tasty. I broiled them, but would recommend the grill as the house did get a bit smoky. The veggies and yogurt made a great pita sandwich with these meatballs. - TheGingerCook

—The Editors

  • Serves 2-3
Ingredients
  • kabobs
  • 1 pound ground lamb
  • 2 tablespoons tomato paste
  • 2-3 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1/4 cup fresh parsley, chopped
  • 1/2 teaspoon allspice, freshly ground
  • accompaniments
  • pita bread
  • Greek yogurt (full fat)
  • chopped cucumbers
  • chopped red onion
  • chopped tomatoes
  • fresh dill or parsley, chopped
  • any pickled veggies
In This Recipe
Directions
  1. Blend together all ingredients except for lamb.
  2. Gently fold in lamb to the mixture, adding salt and pepper to taste.
  3. Shape into oblong balls, sort of egg-shaped but bigger (so it fits nicely tucked into pita bread).
  4. Broil or grill for about 7-8 minutes per side.
  5. Serve in pita bread with yogurt, assorted veggies, pickles, and herbs.

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Midge

Recipe by: Midge

I’m a journalist who’s covered everything from illegal logging in Central America to merit pay for teachers, but these days I write mostly about travel. I’ve been lucky enough to find myself in some far-flung locales, where poking around markets and grocery stores is my favorite thing to do. Cooking, especially baking, is my way of winding down after a long day; there’s nothing like kneading bread dough to bring you back to earth.

    17 Reviews

    Austin B. June 3, 2018
    Lula, Luyla, or Lulya Kebab is generally what you'd see listed in that particular region. You're supposed to shape them in the classic kebab-manner, around the skewer like a casingless sausage, and grill them. What's inside them, I haven't been able to really establish, there are so few trustworthy variations on them. One constant though, is that you're supposed to add minced lamb-tail fat (or beef tallow, or pork lard) to the mixture.
     
    Author Comment
    Midge July 26, 2018
    Interesting! Thanks for the scoop.
     
    Rachel February 25, 2014
    Does anyone know the nutrition info? I'm using MyFitnessPal and trying to enter this. I had about a third of one kabob, so if anyone knows the number of calories, I'd appreciate it! Thanks!
     
    EmilyNunn December 31, 2013
    Yee-haw. Love the looks of this one, Midgie!
     
    healthierkitchen December 31, 2013
    whatever the name, these sound delicious! I love using ground lamb.
     
    Helen's A. June 8, 2011
    This looks wonderful, will have to try it soon!
     
    Author Comment
    Midge June 14, 2011
    Thanks Helen!
     
    fiveandspice June 8, 2011
    These look delicious! I've been on such a Mediterranean kick lately (probably the weather). I think I'm going to have to try some version of these tonight - maybe on the grill! Also, lulu kabob is really fun to say.
     
    Author Comment
    Midge June 14, 2011
    Thanks fiveandspice! I've no idea how they got that name but it is cute.
     
    boulangere June 8, 2011
    Ooooooh!
     
    There'sAlwaysPie August 19, 2010
    The Lulu Kabobs are perfect for a quick weekenight meal when you want a little bit of an exotic flavor. They were easy to make and tasty. I broiled them, but would reccomend the grill as the house did get a bit smoky with the high heat and the grease from the lamb. I think you could also play up the flavor a little more and add some more spice to the lamb. The veggies and yogurt made a great pitat sandwich with these meatballs.
     
    Author Comment
    Midge August 20, 2010
    Thanks so much TheGingerCook! I'm really glad you liked them.
     
    Sagegreen August 9, 2010
    I love how this sounds. Hope you will add a photo. It was great to meet you as well. As soon as we get real emails from Elena I can send you and savorykitchen our photos. Loved hearing about your work, too.
     
    Author Comment
    Midge August 9, 2010
    Thanks for the nice comments!
     
    lastnightsdinner August 8, 2010
    These are flavors I love, and a prep I grew up with - nice work!
     
    lapadia August 7, 2010
    Not a lamb person, but I LOVE all the seasonings you used here!
     
    littleclove August 6, 2010
    These sound delicious! I'm printing this one out right now, thanks!