Vegan Turkish Kebabs With Sumac Onions and Garlic-Dill Mayonnaise

Vegan Turkish Kebabs With Sumac Onions and Garlic-Dill Mayonnaise

These vegan ground meat kebabs are inspired by Turkish street food. The kebabs themselves can be served on their own with the garlic-dill mayonnaise, or made into wraps, or tucked into Turkish bread or pita for sandwiches, with garlic-dill mayonnaise, sumac onions and tomatoes.
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  • Serves: 4 persons



  1. Step 1

    Make the sumac onions: Combine all ingredients and toss until the onion pieces are separated and well coated. (You should have about 1 1/2 cups. Sumac onions should be used the day they are made.)
  2. Step 2

    Make the garlic-dill mayonnaise: Put 18 garlic cloves in a medium pot, and cover with a couple inches of water. Bring to a boil over high heat. Continue cooking for 30 seconds. Drain garlic and allow to cool to room temperature.
  3. Step 3

    Meanwhile, mince the remaining 2 garlic cloves. In a food processor, combine blanched and raw garlic, mayonnaise and lemon juice; process until completely smooth. With the machine running, slowly drizzle in the olive oil. Transfer mixture to a bowl, stir in minced dill, and season to taste with salt and pepper. (You should have about 1 1/2 cups.)
  4. Step 4

    Make the kebabs: Combine all ingredients in a large bowl, and fold with very clean hands until fully incorporated. Divide mixture in half, then divide each half into 6 equal balls. Working on a clean cutting board, roll them into cylinders about 3/4 inch in diameter. Cut each cylinder in half to form 24 small logs.
  5. Step 5

    Cook and serve: In a large skillet over medium-high, heat oil until shimmering. Add the logs, working in batches if necessary to prevent crowding. Cook on one side until well browned, about 2 minutes. Flip and cook on second side until well browned and cooked through, another 1 1/2 minutes. (Alternatively, cook on a hot grill until lightly charred and cooked through.) Transfer to a serving plate.
  6. Step 6

    Serve with sumac onions, garlic-dill mayonnaise, cherry tomatoes, arugula, hot sauce and Turkish bread or pita.