How to Set Up a Kebab BarSetting up a kebab bar is simple, and the results will no doubt be eye catching to your friends and family who will enjoy their very own custom made kebabs. The one thing that will make your kebab party a success is the variety of ingredients you use. Offer many types of veggies and meats to your guests. Remember to be creative!
Meats and SeafoodLet's start with meat. I always have beef, lamb and chicken as the staples at any kebab bar. With beef, I use both ground beef and sirloin or tenderloin cut into chunks. I use lamb and do the same - ground lamb or a lamb fillet. With chicken I usually use cubed chicken breasts. Other meats great for grilling are shrimp, swordfish, salmon and halibut.
VegetablesVegetables are always the most exciting part of the kebab bar since there are so many that can be used and they really make the kebab with their color and variety of tastes. Here you can use chopped onions, all varieties of peppers, mushrooms, cherry tomatoes, cucumbers, zucchini, eggplant. Just about any vegetable you choose can be grilled. These are perfect also for friends and family who are vegetarians, and you won't have to go to any extra effort to make a dish suitable for them.
Displaying Your OfferingsTo set up your kebab bar, chop all the ingredients you will be using into bite size pieces and place in individual containers. I use simple plastic storage bowls which can quickly from go from the refrigerator to the table. You don't want to set your ingredients out until you are ready to use them, so these storage containers are perfect for this. You can also marinate meats and vegetables if you desire.
If I am having a party and and my kabob bar will be set up outdoors, I have a large table that I cover with a decorative tablecloth set in close proximity of my grill. That way once my guests have their kebabs assembled, they can transfer them to me quickly.
All of the ingredients are kept in their plastic storage containers and placed on the table. I keep my vegetables together, and then my meats together. Make sure you have a different utensil for each ingredient. Especially with meat, you don't want to use the same fork to grab beef, and then chicken since the meat is uncooked.
In the middle of the table I place a large plate that holds my skewers. There are different types of skewers, from wood to stainless steel. I prefer stainless steel skewers, however it is a personal preference.
Once your ingredients are out and your table is set, there is nothing left but to enjoy the fun your family and friends will have creating and eating their very own kebabs.