Meat on a stick is one of those fundamental rights of every person on the planet. Whether it's corn dogs or popsicles there is a singular brand of magic when mundane food stuff is impaled with bamboo and enjoyed portability like any cell phone on the market. Well my food infatuated friends I bring you... KEBABS (courtesy epicurious.com). What's so special about kebabs? Well aside from the aforementioned practicality of stick mounted food, these particular kebabs are armed with their own minted yogurt and black pepper dipping sauce. The chicken (or beef) itself is impregnated with the flavor of garlic, herbs, citrus, and all the flavors known to bring grown men to their feet.
2 cups extra-virgin olive oil
Juice of 3 lemons
2 tablespoons chopped garlic
3/4 tablespoons chopped fresh rosemary leaves (about 4 sprigs)
3/4 tablespoons fresh thyme leaves (about 5 sprigs)
6 single boneless, skinless chicken breasts, cleaned of fat and cut into large cubes (you may also use beef, or both!)
Salt and black pepper to taste
2 (7-ounce) containers plain yogurt
4 tablespoons sour cream
3 tablespoons red wine vinegar
Zest of 2 lemons (fine)
Juice of 1 lemon
2 tablespoons minced garlic
1 tablespoon black pepper
2 teaspoons salt
1/2 cup fresh mint, chopped (optional)
Mix olive oil, lemon juice, garlic, rosemary, and thyme and pour into a plastic bag. Add the chicken and make sure everything is coated evenly then leave it in the fridge to marinate overnight.
Mix all the ingredients for the sauce together and refrigerate for two hours or overnight. (depends on your cooking schedule)
Remove meat from the bag and season it with salt and pepper. Grill until it's done and put a few pieces on each skewer. Serve on a platter with the sauce in a ramekin or small bowl.