This Greek Beef Souvlaki Recipe is inspired by “The Odessey” and wanting to share Ancient Greek Culture and Recipes with my children. The Beef Kabobs are easy to make, full of colorful vegetables, and are served with an awesome feta and dill dipping sauce!
I love finding ways to get my kids excited about trying different foods. Being able to make connections with something they have seen or read is like magic for me. Whether it is making Gumbo inspired by Princess Tiana, or making homemade ramen because we read about it in a book, these kind of invitations are awesome ways to help kids be excited about trying new foods.
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Greek Souvlaki Beef Skewers
So this recipe isn’t 100% exactly an “ancient” recipe. But they were inspired by the book The Odyssey. In the book, when Odysseus and his men leave Troy and finally head home, it isn’t long before they run out of food.
They stop at a nearby island and steal some cows and barbecue them on the beach. They then stop at another island and find a cave filled with sheep milk and cheese (psst – thats feta!), which happens to be the Cyclops’s island. I won’t tell you the rest of the story, because if you have already know it, then you know it; and if you haven’t read it then you need to!
But I took the bbq’d beef and the feta and I ran with it.
How to Make Greek Beef Kabobs
This recipe is very simple to make! Here is a brief overview of the recipe to give you an idea of how it works. For the full set of directions and measurements, please make sure you scroll down to the recipe card below!
Marinade the beef.
- I used to Magic Bullet to whip up the marinade. Olive oil, garlic, oregano, salt and pepper, lemon juice and fresh mint coming together to make an easy and flavorful marinade full of classic Greek flavors.
- Cut the steak (I recommend using tenderloin) into bite sized pieces and place in the marinade. Allow it to hang out while you prepare the rest of the ingredients.
Make the feta dill dressing
- Use the magic bullet again to make the dressing (wipe it out first). Combine together the feta, milk, plain greek yogurt, lemon juice, garlic, fresh dill and salt and pepper to taste.
- Place this in a medium sized bowl, cover with a lid or plastic wrap and place in the fridge to allow the flavors to blend together while you assemble the rest of the skewers.
Don’t like feta and dill? You could also serve this with tzatziki sauce!
Assemble the skewers
- Get the skewer ingredients ready. Wash the cherry tomatoes. Slice the zucchini into coins, and slice the sweet peppers into large bite sized pieces .
- Assemble the kabobs by alternating the marinated beef cubes, cherry tomatoes, zucchini slices and pieces of sweet peppers. Repeat until everything has been skewered.
- Grill the skewers over medium high heat, for 10-12 minutes, turning halfway through for even cooking.
- Let the skewers rest for 5 minutes before serving.
- Serve with the feta dill dip and enjoy!
How To Get Your Kids In The Kitchen:
- Kids aged 1-3 can help you set the table, wash the produce, pick the dill and oregano leaves off the stems, and help you whip up the marinade and dressing.
- Kids aged 4-6 can help you do all the above, plus slice the vegetables.
- Kids aged 7-10+ can help you do all the above, plus help cube the meat and assemble the skewers.
*Please note that these recommendations are generalized, and to please use your personal discretion with your child’s skill level. And always, always supervise!
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Greek Beef Souvlaki Skewers Recipe
- ¼ cup olive oil
- 2 cloves of garlic
- 2 TBSP fresh oregano
- ½ tsp salt
- ¼ tsp pepper
- juice of 1 lemon
- 1 TBSP fresh mint
- 1.5 lb Steaks of choice – I prefer tenderloin cubed but you can use whatever you want
Feta Dill Dip
- ¼ cup feta
- ¼ cup milk
- ½ cup plain greek yogurt
- 2 TBSP lemon juice
- 1 garlic clove
- 2 TBSP fresh dill
- salt and pepper to taste
- Grape Tomatoes
- 1 zucchini
- 1 Sweet yellow or Red pepper or several mini peppers
- Set about 12 wooden skewers into some water to soak until you need them.
- In a food processor combine the ingredients for the marinade until combined.
- Pour into a large plastic ziplock bag or a glass container with a lid.
- Cut the beef into bite sized cubes, removing any excess fat and sinew.
- Add the beef to the ziplock bag and allow to marinate in the fridge while you prepare the rest of the ingredients.
- In a clean bowl of your food processor, combine the ingredients for the feta dill dip (feta, milk, greek yogurt, lemon juice, garlic, dill and salt and pepper) and combine until smooth.
- Pour the dip into a clean container with a lid and place in the fridge until ready to eat.
- Wash the cherry tomatoes, peppers, and zucchini. Slice the peppers into 1" pieces and the zucchini into coins.
- Preheat your broiler or grill.
- Take the skewers out of the water and start assembling your kebabs by alternating the beef cubes, cherry tomatoes, zucchini slices and pieces of sweet peppers. Repeat until everything is skewered.
- Grill or broil for 10-12 minutes on medium high, rotating halfway through for even cooking, and then let them rest for 5 minutes before serving.
- Serve the kebabs with the feta and dill dip.