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is a form of Shish kebab popular throughout Israel
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, and parts of central Europe. Shashlyk is originally lamb (in some extent pork
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Beef is the culinary name for meat from bovines, especially domestic cattle. Beef can be harvested from cows, bulls, heifers or steers. It is one of the principal meats used in the cuisine of the Middle East , Australia, Argentina, Brazil, Europe and the United States, and is also important in...
) depending on local preferences and religious observances. These skewers of meat are either all meat, all fat, or alternating pieces of meat, fat, and vegetables such as bell pepper, onion and tomato.
Meat for shashlik (as opposed to other forms of shish kebab
) is usually marinated overnight in a high-acidity marinade like vinegar, dry wine or sour fruit/vegetable juice
Vegetable juice is a drink made primarily of blended vegetables. Vegetable juice is often mixed with fruits such as tomatoes or grapes to improve flavor...
with the addition of herbs and spices. While it is not unusual to see shashlik listed on the menu of restaurants, it is more commonly sold in Western Asia by street vendors who roast the skewers over wood, charcoal, or coal. Shashlyk is usually cooked on a grill called a mangal. For example in Poland szaszłyk
is popular as a form of fast-food and often appears on bustling restaurants menus .