Adding Cheese To Your Kebabs? Don't Make These 6 Mistakes

Cheese is a great to add creaminess and flavour to your homemade kebabs. However, there are many ways of incorporating cheese into your meat or veggie kebabs and a lot depends on son the kind of cheese and preparation you’re going for. For instance, if you’re going for a kebab that needs to be grilled at high temperatures for a longer period, you need a good melting cheese like mozzarella. 

If you’re opting for smaller chunks of kebabs, opt for something like cheddar or softer cheeses which can be cut cold and can hold their shape under heat. Temperature and moisture content are also crucial when it comes to adding cheese to your kebabs. Here are some common mistakes to avoid while making kebabs at home with cheese.

Using Cheese with High Moisture Content

Cheeses with high moisture content, such as fresh mozzarella or feta, can release excess water when heated, resulting in soggy kebabs and a loss of flavour. To prevent this, it's essential to either drain the cheese or use varieties with lower moisture content. If using fresh mozzarella or feta, pat them dry with paper towels before incorporating them into the kebabs. You can also opt for semi-hard or hard cheeses like cheddar or gouda, which have lower moisture levels and are better suited for grilling.

Not Cutting or shredding the Cheese Properly

Properly preparing the cheese is key to ensuring even distribution and consistent melting throughout the kebabs. Avoid the mistake of using large chunks or irregularly shaped pieces of cheese, as they may not melt evenly or adhere to the other ingredients. Instead, cube or shred the cheese into uniform pieces that are small enough to thread onto the skewers alongside the other kebab ingredients. This ensures that the cheese melts evenly and coats the surrounding ingredients with its creamy goodness.

Overloading the Kebabs with Cheese

While cheese adds richness and flavour to kebabs, overloading them with cheese can overpower the other ingredients and lead to an imbalanced flavour profile. Aim for a balanced ratio of cheese to other components, such as meat, vegetables, and seasonings. The cheese should complement the other flavours rather than overshadowing them. As a general rule, aim to include enough cheese to add creaminess and depth of flavour without overwhelming the overall taste of the kebabs.

Neglecting to Use Binding Ingredients

Incorporating binding ingredients is essential for ensuring that the cheese adheres to the other components of the kebabs and doesn't slide off during grilling. Without proper binding, the cheese may melt and drip onto the grill, resulting in a messy and unevenly cooked dish. To prevent this, consider using ingredients like breadcrumbs, eggs, or a light marinade to help the cheese stick to the other ingredients. These binding agents not only improve the texture of the kebabs but also help the cheese adhere to the skewers.

Not Monitoring Cooking Time and Temperature

Properly cooking kebabs with cheese requires careful monitoring of both time and temperature to avoid undercooking or overcooking the cheese. Overcooking can cause the cheese to become rubbery or burnt, detracting from the overall enjoyment of the dish. Conversely, undercooking may result in cheese that doesn't melt properly or fails to achieve the desired creaminess. To prevent these issues, grill the kebabs over medium heat and monitor them closely, turning them regularly to ensure even cooking and melting of the cheese.

Serving Without Allowing Sufficient Resting Time

Allowing the kebabs to rest for a few minutes after grilling is essential for allowing the cheese to set and the flavours to meld together. Serving the kebabs immediately after grilling may cause the cheese to ooze out or the juices to run, resulting in a messy presentation and uneven distribution of flavours. Letting the kebabs rest for a few minutes allows the cheese to firm up slightly, making it easier to handle and enhancing the overall eating experience. Additionally, resting allows the juices to be redistributed, ensuring that each bite is moist and flavourful.