Grilled Charmoula Pork Kebabs with Yogurt Mint Sauce

These Grilled Charmoula Pork Kebabs with Yogurt Mint Sauce are packed with flavor, a perfect family meal from the grill.

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Remember that fresh cauliflower salad I shared with you a couple weeks ago, the one with the North African charmoula dressing? Well I just can’t get enough of its flavor packed goodness. It’s great as a main course salad or as a smaller side. And now I’ve found another way to enjoy its warm and spicy flavors, as a marinade for the cubes of pork in these beautiful grilled kebabs. Grilling season is upon us, my friends. Give these Grilled Charmoula Pork Kebabs with Yogurt Mint Sauce a try!
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Grilled Charmoula Pork Kebabs with Yogurt Mint Sauce from afarmgirlsdabbles.com

When it comes to showcasing a food’s versatility, pork has it made in the shade. My family enjoys pork so many different ways, and these grilled kebabs have been a welcomed addition to our recipe box.

Grilled Charmoula Pork Kebabs with Yogurt Mint Sauce from afarmgirlsdabbles.com

The charmoula marinade that packs this pork with so much flavor comes from the North African region, where it’s used as a seasoning for grilled meat, fish, and vegetables. There are different versions of charmoula, but at the heart is a blend of spices such as coriander and cumin and fresh chilies, mixed with herbs, garlic, fresh lemon juice, and olive oil. My recipe is heavy on paprika, giving the pork a pretty red-spiced hue, plus lovely heated flavor.

Grilled Charmoula Pork Kebabs with Yogurt Mint Sauce from afarmgirlsdabbles.com

To contrast with the marinade’s heat, serve these grilled charmoula pork kebabs with easy-to-make yogurt mint sauce. It’s so creamy and minty wonderful, you’ll be dreaming up new reasons to whip up another batch!

Grilled Charmoula Pork Kebabs with Yogurt Mint Sauce

Yield: 4 servings

Ingredients:

for the grilled charmoula pork kebabs:



  • 1 lb. pork loin, cut into 1" cubes

  • charmoula dressing, without the fresh cilantro mixed in

  • 1 red bell pepper, seeded and cut into 1" pieces

  • 1 green bell pepper, seeded and cut into 1" pieces

  • 1 red onion, cut into 1" pieces

  • 1 T. olive oil

  • kosher salt

  • freshly ground black pepper

  • chopped fresh cilantro, optional garnish


for the yogurt mint sauce:



  • 1 c. plain Greek yogurt

  • 2 T. minced fresh mint

  • 1 T. freshly squeezed lime juice

  • 1 clove garlic, minced

  • 1/2 tsp. cumin


Directions:

for the grilled charmoula pork kebabs:


Place cubed pork in a medium bowl. Pour charmoula dressing over the pork and fold to incorporate. Cover and marinate for at least 6 hours or overnight in the refrigerator. If using wood skewers, be sure to soak them in water for a couple hours before skewering pork and vegetables.


Place red pepper, green pepper, and onion into a medium bowl. Drizzle with olive oil and fold to coat evenly.


Skewer the marinated pork, peppers, and onions onto wood or metal skewers. Sprinkle with a bit of salt and freshly ground black pepper. Grill pork kebabs over medium-high direct heat for a total of about 10 minutes, about 2 to 3 minutes on each side, until pork reaches 145° with an instant read thermometer. You can also use a grill pan on the stove top. Remove pork kebabs from the grill to a serving platter, and let pork rest for 3 minutes. Sprinkle with chopped cilantro and serve with yogurt mint sauce.


for the yogurt mint sauce:


In a medium bowl, stir together all ingredients for the yogurt mint sauce. This can be made a couple hours in advance, stored covered in the refrigerator until ready to use.


From a farmgirl's dabbles. Charmoula marinade inspired by this fresh cauliflower salad, a copycat recipe from Black Sheep Pizza.


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