My family was invited to a get together these past couple of weeks, to basically enjoy conversation, drinks, and food, something we look forward to. We received a call the night before with the invitation. The host said not to worry about bringing anything and that they would have hotdogs and burgers for the kids and adults, however my philosophy is that you should always bring something whether it be food or drink; we did both. As excited as we were, that we got invited, I quickly began to think of something to make. The shish kebab. What could not be better and more diverse than skewers of meat, vegetables, and fruit!
Beef Marinade: (mix the amounts you prefer, it does not have to be precise)
- 1/2 cup of brown sugar
- 6 tbs sherry cooking wine
- lots of fresh ground pepper
- 2 tbs finely chopped ginger
- 6 cloves of garlic, finely chopped
- 1/4 cup soy sauce
Combine these ingredients in a medium bowl and set aside.
Vegetable and Shrimp Marinade:
- Olive Oil
- Salt and Pepper
- Fresh basil, finely chopped
Kebab Ingredients (you chose yours, but here is how I put them together)
- Top Sirloin, cut into large cubes
- Green Bell Pepper
- Red Bell Pepper
- Pineapple, cut into large cubes
- Medium Shrimp, shell on for fun
- Red Onion, large cubes
- Portabella Mushrooms, dirt and stemmed removed
- Wooden Skewers, soaked in water for more than one hour
Begin by preparing all of your kebab ingredients. In a large ziplock bag add the cubed beef and massage in the marinade. Let this set overnight, or for more than two hours. In a separate ziplock bag, add the vegetables and shrimp, and mix in the vegetable and shrimp marinade.
Now we are ready to skewer. After you have gone through the marinating process, take a skewer and begin arranging them how you like; this is the fun part. Think of your guests, and allow them to chose different skewers. Maybe you have a vegetarian friend, or a meat lover buddy; think of them. I arranged mine a few different ways; meat and shrimp, meat, shrimp, vegetables, and fruit, and finally all vegetables and fruit. Set the skewers on a large baking tray and let them stack up. I yielded around 14 skewers and this was a perfect amount for six adults and a handful of kids.
Now, get your grill ready, to a medium to high heat and cook away. Your vegetables and fruit will be done sooner than your meat, so pay attention to how you are cooking. Trust me, your friends will love these. The great asian-induced flavors of ginger, soy, and garlic on the meat, and the simple flavors of olive oil and salt and pepper on the vegetables are something out of this world.
Question is, is how do you make your kebabs?