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George Calombaris: Sheftalies (Cypriot souvlaki)

Australian Gourmet Traveller Cypriot recipe for sheftalies (Cypriot souvlaki) by George Calombaris.
George Calombaris: Sheftalies (Cypriot souvlaki)

George Calombaris: Sheftalies (Cypriot souvlaki)

Sharyn Cairns
1H 30M

“I ate my first Cypriot souvlaki in Cyprus two years ago. It was delicious because the Cypriots use barbecued sheftalies, which are basically meatballs wrapped in caul fat. I love the herbs and spices, so don’t be afraid to be heavy handed.”





1.Combine freekah and 1.3 litres cold water in a large saucepan, bring to the boil over medium-high heat and cook until tender (15-20 minutes). Drain, cool to room temperature, then add herbs, olive oil and lemon juice and season to taste.
2.Meanwhile, for sheftalies, heat olive oil in a saucepan over medium-high heat, add onion, sauté until tender (6-8 minutes), transfer to a bowl and cool. Add remaining ingredients (except caul), season to taste and knead until combined. Form ¼-cups of mixture into 5cm-long ovals, flatten slightly and set aside. Drain caul, rinse under cold water until water runs clear, then squeeze out excess water. Cut caul into 7cm squares, wrap each meatball in caul and refrigerate until firm (1-1½ hours).
3.Meanwhile, preheat an oven to 170C and a char-grill over medium heat. Blanch tomatoes (10-20 seconds), then refresh. Peel, remove seeds, finely dice and set aside.
4.Char-grill sheftalies, turning occasionally, until browned and cooked through (5-6 minutes).
5.Meanwhile, warm flatbread in oven for 5 minutes, then spread each with yoghurt, fill with three sheftalies, spoon over freekah mixture, scatter with diced tomato, season to taste, roll and serve hot.

Note Freekah is available from health-food shops, select delicatessens and the health-food sections of select supermarkets. If unavailable, substitute burghul. Caul fat is available from select butchers and will need to be ordered.

This recipe is from the March 2010 issue of Australian Gourmet Traveller.


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