Tuesday, March 23, 2010
Kebabs? or Skewers?
Skewers are so easy - the hardest part is actually putting them on the stick without stabbing yourself! (please tell me I am not the only one who does that?)
At a MOMS group a couple of weeks ago, we had a speaker share about healthy, easy recipes. In one of her meal suggestions, she lists out a page full of skewer meal ideas. And it made me so hungry for a shish kebab dinner!!
Start off by giving those wooden skewers a good soak. You want to make sure they soak in water for at least 15 minutes. It just helps them to not catch on fire when you put them over the BBQ flames.
Basically, you choose your meat - I chose steak (oh, yeah!) We cut the steak into chunks and then we marinated it for about 30 minutes in lime juice, chili powder, garlic, and evoo.
Then, choose your vegetables/fruit - I chose the basics -- Green & Red Bell Peppers, Mushrooms and Red Onion. Cut these into chunks (leaving mushrooms whole).
After those choices are made, start assembling the skewers. However you like - whatever you like. You can make a pattern, you can make them all meat, all veggies, etc.. We threw some shrimp alone on a few...
Then BBQ over a medium-hot grill. Flip often, to make sure all sides are getting cooked evenly.
You may also have seen the avocado we threw on the grill -- if you haven't tried this, you NEED to! Cut an avocado in half, remove the pit and then brush the insides with evoo and sprinkle with S & P. Place them face-down on the grill and let them get warm and a few char-marks.
Remove from grill -- and serve. We often serve these with a spoonful of salsa in the middle, or a dollop of sour cream. I recently tried it with some chicken salad in the middle with some cheddar on top! Delicious!! and of course, a handful of tortilla chips...