Monday, February 23, 2009

Chermoula Seitan and Squash Kebabs

This weekend I broke out the trusty Foreman grill yet again, and made these kebabs with seitan, zucchini, and yellow squash. Two cookbooks - Donna Klein's Mediterranean Vegan Kitchen, and Marcus Samuelsson's pan-African The Soul of a New Cuisine, inspire the chermoula sauce - I have my combined adaptation below, with a little of my own tinkering. Chermoula features fresh herbs like cilantro and parsley, a citrus tang from lemon juice and zest, and an array of ground spices that complement each other very nicely. It's traditional in Morocco and Tunisia, and seems highly versatile - I think it would be great with roasted veggies, in fresh salads with raw ingredients, and as a marinade or rub for anything on the grill.

My take on chermoula sauce:
1/2 cup fresh cilantro
1/2 cup parsley (I used flat leaf parsley)
juice from a lemon, plus a tsp. or so lemon zest
2 cloves garlic
2 tsp. paprika
1 1/2 tsp. cumin powder
1 tsp. ancho chili powder
1 tsp. red pepper powder
1/2 tsp. black pepper
1/2 tsp. salt
1 tsp. brown sugar
1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil

Chermoula tossed with chunks of seitan, zucchini, and yellow squash.
I processed the chermoula ingredients in the food processor, scraping everything together a couple of times until I had a paste with fairly coarse pieces. The seitan chunks and squash pieces were tossed in the chermoula, left for about an hour, placed on bamboo skewers, and grilled for around 5 to 7 minutes, until the squash and seitan had browned nicely with some blackened grill marks. The squash is still a little firm, but zucchini and yellow squash are soft enough that they really don't need additional cooking time. I drizzled a little more lemon on the kebabs, and the combined flavors of the marinade were tangy and spicy, with just the right amount of heat.


Jenn said...

Wow. Those kebabs look fantastic!

Anonymous said...

oh my tofu...would u please just stop it!


that looks reallllllly good...i should bring out my g.foreman grill again...if I know where i've chucked it:(

def trying the sauce!

Lisa (Show Me Vegan) said...

thanks for the info on chermoula! Those kebabs are really impressive.

Tami (Vegan Appetite) said...

I have that book out from the library right now! Your kebabs look awesome.

Sal said...

those look seriously good - they make my sad little sandwich I have got for lunch look even sadder.

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