Tuesday, March 9, 2010

Yogurt-Marinated Chicken Kebabs with Aleppo Pepper

I picked up some aleppo pepper over the summer at Penzey's. Aleppo pepper is a Syrian spice, similar to paprika, but with a tad more heat and a smoky flavor. Other than topping deviled eggs,  I have not found, or really sought out, a recipe to use aleppo pepper. If I stumbled across it in the spice cabinet, I would open the little jar, take a whiff, and put it back.  I just couldn't think of anything to do with it that wasn't just a mere substitute for paprika. It is a different more complex flavor than sweet paprika, there has to be a way to use it and highlight its flavor. Well, there is...this recipe cured my aleppo pepper block. I liked it so much, I already have to go back to Penzey's and get a refill.

Yogurt-Marinated Chicken Kebabs with Aleppo Pepper
Adapted from Bon Apetit as seen on Epicurious.com

  •  1 1/2 tablespoons Aleppo pepper (or 2 teaspoons dried crushed red pepper plus 2 teaspoons Hungarian sweet paprika) plus additional Aleppo pepper or paprika for sprinkling
  • 1 cup plain Greek-style yogurt
  • 3 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons red wine vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons tomato paste
  • 2 teaspoons coarse kosher salt
  • 1 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 6 garlic cloves, peeled, flattened
  • 2 unpeeled lemons; 1 thinly sliced into rounds, 1 cut into wedges for serving 
  • 2 1/4 pounds skinless boneless chicken (thighs and/or breast halves), cut into 1 1/4-inch cubes
  • Two bell peppers, chopped into 1 inch squares
  • 1/4 cup plan Greek-style yogurt
  • 3 tablespoons chopped fresh mint
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice

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