Albanian-style liver kebabs

Albanian-style liver kebabs

Arnavut cigeri

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Eat Istanbul
Serves
4
Photographer
David Loftus

Istanbul has a wonderful restaurant called Canım Ciğerim (‘My liver, my dear’) in Beyoğlu, where the Turkish obsession with liver means there are always queues for a table. Open until 5am, long skewered liver kebabs are grilled and served with fresh mint and rocket, grilled vegetables, onion, sumac and ezme salad (chopped tomato, onion, parsley and pomegranate molasses) and flatbreads that you roll everything up in.

Ingredients

Quantity Ingredient
2 tablespoons plain flour
1 teaspoon kirmizi biber flakes
1 teaspoon dried mint
1 teaspoon dried oregano
300g lamb’s liver, cut into pieces
1 red onion, peeled and quartered
4 long green peppers
2 tomatoes, quartered
sea salt
freshly ground black pepper

To serve

Quantity Ingredient
2 flatbreads
small handful rocket and watercress
sumac
1 lemon, cut in half

Equipment

Quantity Ingredient
4 long metal skewers

Method

  1. Put the flour, Kırmızı biber flakes, mint and oregano in a bowl. Season generously with sea salt and freshly ground black pepper. Add the liver pieces and mix well with your hands.
  2. Grill the onion, green peppers and tomatoes on a hot barbecue or cast-iron griddle pan over medium heat for 7–8 minutes or until tender and beginning to blacken. Thread the liver pieces tightly onto the metal skewers and grill on the hot barbecue or griddle pan over medium heat for 5 minutes, turning occasionally. Place the flatbreads over the liver during the last few minutes of cooking, to warm them.
  3. Place the flatbreads, rocket, watercress and grilled vegetables on a platter. Top with the skewers, sprinkle with sumac and serve with the lemon halves.
Tags:
Istanbul
Turkey
Turkish food
Middle Eastern
Andy Harris
David Loftus
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