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Greek Beef Souvlaki Skewers Recipe

This Greek Beef Souvlaki Skewers Recipe is inspired by “The Odessey” and wanting to share Ancient Greek Culture and Recipes with my children. The Beef Kebabs are easy to make, full of colorful vegetables, and are served with an awesome feta and dill dipping sauce!

 

Children Reading The Odyssey with Beef Souvlaki Skewers

 

Have you ever had a story imprint itself on you so thoroughly that you are sure you will remember it for the rest of your life? When I was little my Dad told my brother and I a bedtime story that I will never forget. I have read many books that have left a lasting impression, but only one feels like it has left its imprint so deep inside me that it will stay with me forever.

The story? The Odyssey. After we were asleep, my Dad would read a chapter on his own, and the next evening he would recite his version of the tale for us. There was no movie, there were no pictures. It was story telling like they used to do around a campfire late at night, and we ate it up.

Years later, in my high school English class we were required to read The Odyssey” by Homer. My teacher thought I was being inattentive because I was working on my Spanish homework instead of reading. He was all like “Hey, you need to read this! We have a test over it next week.” I replied back that I knew the story already. He didn’t believe me at all – because why would a high schooler have a classic greek epic memorized? So he quizzed me. And then he let me go back to my Spanish homework.

 

Greek Beef Kebabs next to books of The Odyssey

 

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This month for our Historically Hungry series, Amy and I decided that we wanted to focus on Ancient Greek Recipes! Unearthing and revitalizing traditional recipes is super geeky and we love it, and we hope it inspires you to add something a little new (well, older) to your menu! This month Amy has made an amazing Pantzaria me Skordalia, which is roasted beets with a garlic-potato spread, and I made Greek Beef Souvlaki Skewers! (Skewers or Kebabs? I can never decide what they should be called.)

 

It just so happened that the day after we picked Ancient Greece I was perusing a local bookstore and found this amazing book titled Kinderguides: The Odyssey. I was literally squealing with glee in the aisle! A retelling of the classic story made for kids! With gorgeous pictures! There was no way that I wasn’t buying it. Then a few steps later I ran across the Baby Lit: The Odyssey book and I called it a sign!

 

Girl Reading The Odyssey next to greek kebabs

 

 

Greek Beef Souvlaki Skewers Recipe

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.

 

These Beef kebabs come together super easily. I used my Magic Bullet (affiliate link) to whip up both the marinade and the feta dill dressing in no time at all. The beef got a few minutes to marinate in the classic greek flavors olive oil, lemon juice, garlic, and oregano. The thick and creamy dip is greek yogurt, dill, feta, and more garlic. Sooooo good! Then just skewer up some zucchini, colorful cherry tomatoes, and sweet red and yellow peppers to add fun colors and some veggies to the meal.

 

Greek Beef Kebabs with Grape Tomatoes and Feta Dip

 

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 Kebabs with Grape Tomatoes and Feta Dip

Greek Beef Souvlaki Skewers Recipe

  • Author: Jenni
  • Prep Time: 10 Minutes
  • Cook Time: 15 Minutes
  • Total Time: 25 minutes
  • Yield: 4 Servings
  • Category: Main
  • Method: Grill or Broil
  • Cuisine: Greek

Description

This Greek Beef Souvlaki Skewers Recipe is inspired by The Odessey and wanting to share Ancient Greek Culture and Recipes with my children. The Beef Kebabs are easy to make, full of colorful vegetables, and are served with an awesome feta and dill dipping sauce!


Ingredients

Marinade:

  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 2 cloves of garlic
  • 2 TBSP fresh oregano
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/4 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

  • 1/4 cup feta
  • 1/4 cup milk
  • 1/2 cup plain greek yogurt
  • 2 TBSP lemon juice
  • 1 garlic clove
  • 2 TBSP fresh dill
  • salt and pepper to taste

For Skewers:

  • Grape Tomatoes
  • 1 zucchini
  • 1 Sweet yellow or Red pepper (or several mini peppers)

Instructions

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.


Notes

Add some couscous and fresh fruit for a well rounded salad.

Keywords: Beef, Kebabs, 30 Minute

 

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17 Comments

  • Reply
    Gene
    May 24, 2018 at 12:48 PM

    I love that you encourage kids to cook with you. I have 2 munchkins that I love to have to in the kitchen. It is the road less followed and sometimes it creates more work for you but I want my kids to love cooking and be equipped to cook healthy meals when they have grown up.

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    Kathleen
    May 24, 2018 at 12:58 PM

    These are so good! Thanks for sharing!

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    Amy Nash
    May 24, 2018 at 2:18 PM

    As always, I love reading your take on these historical posts! So awesome that you chose foods specifically inspired by the Odyssey! My girls are going to love helping me make this one!

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    Vanessa Price
    May 24, 2018 at 4:27 PM

    These sound so good! I love anything literary inspired 🙂

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    Carole
    May 24, 2018 at 6:29 PM

    You didn’t stipulate the kind of beef to use and how much for a serving of four.

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    Cathleen @ A Taste of Madness
    May 24, 2018 at 8:33 PM

    I love how you include tips on how to get your children involved! These skewers look so perfect for the summer!

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    Ashley @ Big Flavors from a Tiny Kitchen
    May 26, 2018 at 5:29 PM

    What a fun way to eat your way through history! Souvlaki is one of my favorite things to order at Greek restaurants, but I tend to order chicken. I’ll have to give this one a try!

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    Sri Mallya
    May 26, 2018 at 8:33 PM

    Perfect summer recipe. So colorful and delicious

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    Dominique | Perchance to Cook
    May 26, 2018 at 9:36 PM

    I love the pop of mint in this recipe! The seasoning in this greek souvlaki is so fresh, it makes me just dream of summer ( and Greece). I can’t wait to try these!

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    Sam | Ahead of Thyme
    May 27, 2018 at 3:20 PM

    You had me at souvlaki! These skewers look amazing! I always order this at Greek restaurants.

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    Jessica (Swanky Recipes)
    May 27, 2018 at 10:42 PM

    I am a huge Greek food fan and I cannot get enough chicken and beef skewers. I have a favorite Greek restaurant in town and whenever I travel I have to eat there once I’m home. We’ll be making this for a graduation party in a few weeks!

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    Femi. O
    May 28, 2018 at 1:16 AM

    Oh these skewers look so good! I love that there is a greater veggie to meat ratio, which makes for numerous helpings without guilt! I loved reading the history that inspired this post!

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    Carol Borchardt
    May 28, 2018 at 1:25 AM

    How fun to take a book, especially a historical one, and then read it and relive it with your children! They will never forget the wonderful memories!

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    Anne Murphy
    May 28, 2018 at 2:23 AM

    I love the idea of using food and literature together like this! Terrific way to introduce both – and other cultures – to your children. And those look good…

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    Andrea
    May 28, 2018 at 9:29 AM

    Souvlaki is one of my favorite Greek dishes, and your skewers look SO tasty! Love that you paired loads of veggies too!

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    Nicole
    May 28, 2018 at 5:33 PM

    I love kabobs for the summer. They are healthy, delicious, and so versatile. This is great idea!

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    Jessica Pinney
    May 29, 2018 at 4:01 AM

    Thank you – I’ve been looking for more new Greek recipes to cook at home and this one looks like a winner!

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