Köşk Kebabý (Lamb Kebabs with Eggplant)

See the RecipeChristopher Hirsheimer

This is an adaptation of a dish we were served at Koşk, a restaurant in Konya.

Köşk Kebabý (Lamb Kebabs with Eggplant)
These delicious kebabs are served off the skewer on a bead of roasted eggplant and fresh cilantro.
Yield: serves 4

Ingredients

  • ¾ lb. boneless leg of lamb, cut into ⅔" cubes
  • 1½ oz. lamb fat, preferably tail fat, cut into ⅔" cubes
  • ¼ cups olive oil
  • 1 tsp. coarse salt, plus more to taste
  • 5 slender, pale purple eggplants (about 1 ¼ lbs.)
  • ¼ cups butter
  • 1 large green pepper, cored, seeded, and finely chopped
  • 2 medium tomatoes, cored, peeled, and finely chopped
  • ⅓ cups lamb stock (see Panfried Lamb Kebabs with Bulgar Pilav, step 1)
  • ½ cups cilantro leaves

Instructions

  1. Toss together lamb, fat, and oil in a shallow dish. Refrigerate for 24 hours. Drain, transfer to a bowl; discard oil. Add salt; toss to combine. Thread 1 piece fat between every 4–6 pieces lamb onto six 15"–20" metal skewers; set aside.
  2. Preheat oven to 400°. Arrange eggplant on a baking sheet in a single layer. Roast until soft, about 30 minutes. Let cool slightly; remove and discard skin. Transfer flesh to a medium bowl; mash smooth with a fork.
  3. Melt butter in a large skillet over medium heat. Add peppers and cook until softened, 8–10 minutes. Add tomatoes and cook until most of the liquid has evaporated, 8–10 minutes. Add eggplant and salt to taste; stir to combine. Transfer to a serving platter. Preheat a grill to medium. Grill kebabs, turning and basting with stock occasionally, until golden brown, about 5 minutes. Slide meat and fat off onto eggplant mixture. Garnish with cilantro.