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Grilled Pineapple Chicken Skewers with Polynesian Sauce

Grilled Pineapple Chicken Skewers with Polynesian Sauce

Grilled Pineapple Chicken Skewers with Polynesian Sauce

1 cup Pineapple juice

½ cup Water

3 tbsp Ketchup

3 tbsp Apple cider vinegar

2 tbsp Cornstarch

2 tbsp Soy sauce

2 tbsp Brown sugar

2 lb. Boneless skinless chicken thighs

1 Onion

1 Yellow bell pepper

1 Orange bell pepper

Fresh pineapple chunks

Wooden skewers, soaked in water for 30 minutes

 

In a small saucepan, whisk together pineapple juice, water, ketchup, apple cider vinegar, cornstarch, soy sauce, and brown sugar until smooth and well combined. Heat over medium heat, stirring often, until the sauce thickens. Remove from heat and set aside to cool. While the sauce is cooling, prepare ingredients for the skewers. Cut chicken thighs into 2-3 in. cubes. Chop the onion and bell pepper into thick pieces that will easily slide onto the skewers without breaking. Assemble skewers by threading pieces of onion, peppers, chicken, and pineapple onto your skewers. Place skewers on grill over medium heat. Cook until the chicken is done in the center. Baste the skewers with the prepared Polynesian sauce on both sides as you turn them to cook all sides evenly.

The Best Beef Sates in Singapore

The Best Beef Sates in Singapore

1 1/2 pounds rib-eye steak (about 1/2 inch thick)singapore
3 tablespoons light brown sugar
2 tablespoons ground coriander
1 tablespoon ground turmeric
1 1/2 teaspoons ground cumin
1 1/2 teaspoons freshly ground pepper
3 tablespoons Asian fish sauce or soy sauce
3 tablespoons vegetable oil
3 tablespoons vegetable oil Singapore Cucumber Relish (optional, recipe follows), for serving Fried Garlic Peanut Sauce (optional, recipe follows), for serving

Cut the steak, including the fat, into 1/2-inch cubes and place in a nonreactive mixing bowl. Stir in the brown sugar, coriander, turmeric, cumin, pepper, fish sauce and oil. Let the beef marinate in the refrigerator, covered, for at least 2 hours. Drain the cubes, discarding the marinade. Thread the beef onto bamboo skewers, leaving the bottom half of each skewer bare for a handle and 1/4-inch exposed at the pointed end. Refrigerate, covered, until ready to grill. Heat the grill to high. Brush and oil the grill grate. Arrange the sates on the hot grate, with the aluminum foil shield under the exposed ends of the skewers to keep them from burning. Grill until cooked to taste, 1 to 2 minutes per side for medium rare.

Singapore Cucumber Relish

2 Kirby (pickling) cucumbers, or 1 medium-size cucumber, cut in half lengthwise and seeded
1 shallot, minced (2 to 3 tablespoons), or 1 scallion, both white and green parts, trimmed and minced 1 small hot red chile, such as a bird or cayenne pepper, stemmed, seeded, and minced
2 tablespoons rice vinegar
1 tablespoon sugar Coarse salt (kosher or sea) and freshly ground black pepper

Cut the cucumber(s) into 1/4-inch dice. Place the cucumber(s), shallot, chile, rice vinegar, and sugar in a mixing bowl and toss gently to mix. Season with salt and pepper to taste. The relish can be made up to 2 hours ahead.
Fried Garlic Peanut Sauce

2 tablespoons vegetable oil
5 cloves garlic, 3 cloves thinly sliced crosswise and 2 cloves minced
1 shallot, minced
1 stalk lemongrass, trimmed and minced, or 2 strips (each 1/2 by 2 inches) lemon zest
1 to 3 small hot chiles, such as Thai chiles or serrano or jalapeno peppers, stemmed, seeded, and minced (for a hotter peanut sauce, leave the seeds in)
1 tablespoon dried shrimp, minced, or 1 teaspoon fish sauce (optional)
3/4 cup peanut butter
1 cup unsweetened coconut milk, or as needed
2 tablespoons sugar, or more to taste
2 tablespoons soy sauce
1 teaspoon fresh lime juice, or more to taste
1 tablespoon finely chopped cilantro Coarse salt (kosher or sea) and freshly ground pepper

Heat the oil in a wok or saucepan over medium-high heat. Add the sliced garlic and cook, stirring, until golden, 2 minutes. Remove the garlic with a slotted spoon to paper towels to drain. Add the 2 cloves of minced garlic, the shallot, lemongrass, chile(s), and dried shrimp, if using, to the wok and cook over medium-high heat until fragrant and lightly browned, 2 minutes. Stir in the peanut butter, coconut milk, sugar, soy sauce, fish sauce, if using (instead of the dried shrimp), lime juice, and 3/4 cup water. Reduce the heat and gently simmer the sauce until it is thick but pourable, 5 to 8 minutes. Stir in the cilantro during the last 2 minutes of cooking. Just before serving, stir in the fried garlic slices. If the sauce has gotten too thick and pasty, add a tablespoon or so of water. Taste and correct the seasoning, adding salt and pepper, and more sugar and lime juice if needed. The sauce should be richly flavored.

French Toast on a Stick

French Toast on a Stick

1bdd21c00605e098019edcde300965151 cup milk (any kind of milk will work)
2 large eggs
1 tablespoon honey
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
4 cups brioche, French or sandwich bread (cut into 2 inch cubes)
1 tablespoon butter or oil
16 strawberries, stems removed
2 bananas, sliced into 1/2 inch coins
8 wooden skewers

In a bowl, whisk together the milk, eggs, honey and cinnamon. Dip the bread cubes in the milk mixture to coat each side. Heat the butter in a skillet over medium heat and cook the bread for 1 1/2 minutes on each side, or until golden brown. Skewer the French toast cubes, strawberries and bananas and serve with maple syrup for dipping.

Skewered Ribeye Steak Bites with Bloody Mary Dipping Sauce

Skewered Ribeye Steak Bites with Bloody Mary Dipping Sauce

fa7ece74Good quality beef steak; trimmed of excess fat (and gristle & connective tissue if any). Cut meat into 1-inch cubes.

1 tablespoon olive oil
2 tablespoons minced yellow or white onion
2 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
1-2 teaspoons hot pepper sauce (Such as Tabasco)
1 cup tomato sauce
1 rounded tablespoon prepared horseradish
Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
Optional: 1/2 cup vodka

In a small saucepan, over medium heat sauté onion in olive oil until translucent. If using vodka add it now and allow to simmer until volume reduces by about half. Stir in remaining ingredients, simmer for a minute or two then reduce heat. Taste for seasonings, and adjust if necessary. (Sauce can be served warm or at room temperature.) Cut meat into approximately 1-inch cubes. If you are going to pan sear them, no need to skewer meat, just salt and pepper the meat and cook in a hot pan, turning as the cubes become brown and done to your liking. Place on a warmed platter with skewers and dipping sauce in a small bowl alongside. To grill or broil, cut meat as directed above, skewer meat, salt & pepper and grill/broil until cooked the way you prefer. I place some dipping sauce on a warm plate/platter, arrange the cooked meat on top, with additional sauce on the side. A shower of minced parsley or chives brightens up the dish.

Curried Chicken Lime Skewers with Lime-Apricot Glaze

Curried Chicken Lime Skewers with Lime-Apricot Glaze

skewers1/8 c. lime juice

1/8 c. soy sauce

1/8 c. apricot or peach jam

1tbsp sugar

1/2 tbsp curry powder

1 clove garlic, coarsely chopped

1/2-inch section ginger, coarsely chopped (or ginger powder)

1.5 lbs boneless, skinless chicken breasts

Sweet-and-tangy peanut dipping sauce (optional; recipe follows)

 

Set skewers aside to soak in water. Purée all the marinade ingredients in a blender. If making peanut dipping sauce (recipe follows), reserve about 1/5 of the marinade before it comes into contact with the raw chicken and set aside. Trim and cut the chicken into bite-size pieces. Skewer the chicken, leaving enough room at the end to grab onto later. Pour the marinade over the chicken pieces. Preheat the broiler for at least 5 minutes and position the rack so that the skewers will be 3 inches from the heat source. Line a baking tray with aluminum foil. Place each skewer on the pan, arranging them so that the meat is in the center of the pan and the skewers slightly hang over the outside, and slide into the broiler. Broil until the chicken develops a few char spots, about 5 to 6 minutes. Turn each piece over to brown the other side, an additional 5 to 6 minutes, or until chicken is cooked through. Test for doneness by cutting into the thickest part of the skewer. Serve with peanut dipping sauce and/or lime wedges for squeezing.

 

Sweet-and-Tangy Peanut Dipping Sauce: Reserve about 1/5 of the marinade before it has come into contact with the raw chicken. Take desired amount of peanut butter and dilute with enough marinade so that a dipping consistency is reached.

 

 

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Rosemary- Garlic Pork Kebabs

Rosemary- Garlic Pork Kebabs

12 oz. pork tenderloin

2 tsp. fresh or dried rosemary

2 tsp. olive oil

1 tsp. minced garlic

Pinch of salt

Ground black pepper

 

Soak 6 bamboo skewers (6″ long) in cold water for 30 minutes. (If using metal skewers, there’s no need to soak.) 2ut the pork into 1/2″ cubes. Thread the cubes onto the skewers. Transfer to a 12″ x 8″ baking dish. Add the rosemary, oil, garlic, and salt. With clean hands, rub the mixture onto the pork cubes. Cover and refrigerate, turning occasionally, for 30 minutes. Preheat a grill, stove-top griddle, or oven broiler. Grill or broil the skewers, turning occasionally, for about 8 minutes total, or until well browned and no pink remains in the center. Season to taste with pepper. Chicken breast can take the place of pork in these hearty appetizers. If eating as a main dish, double the servings .

 

Yield: 6 servings

Calories: 84

Fat: 4g

Fiber: 0g

 

Greek Chicken Skewers with Fired-Up Cheese

Greek Chicken Skewers with Fired-Up Cheese

8” skewers

1 English Cucumber

2 cloves Garlic, finely chopped

3 Lemons

Salt and Pepper

1 C. whole milk Plain Yogurt

1 1/2 lb. Chicken Tenders (about 20 pieces)

1 T. Oregano or Marjoram, chopped

5 T. EVOO

1 Egg

1/4 C. Flour

1 lb. Kasseri Cheese, 1/2 – 1” thick

1 T. Butter

2 oz. Ouzo or Grappa

Handful Parsley, chopped

 

Preheat grill pan or charcoal grill to high. Submerge bamboo skewers to prevent them from burning. Grate cucumber onto a clean kitchen towel and squeeze out water. Add dried cucumber to a bowl and add half chopped garlic, juice of one lemon, a little salt and plenty of pepper. Mix in the yogurt and reserve. Combine chicken tenders in a bowl with juice of one lemon, oregano, the rest of the chopped garlic, about 2 T. EVOO, salt and pepper. Toss to coat chicken completely. Thread chicken onto skewers. Grill for 3 minutes per side or until cooked through. Crack egg into a shallow dish and whisk well. Dust wedge of cheese in flour and shake off excess. Dredge in egg and flip to coat well. Return to flour, coating on both sides lightly. Preheat a large nonstick skillet over medium high heat with remaining 3 T. EVOO. When it just starts to smoke, add butter and swirl around to melt. Carefully add the coated cheese, browning on each side, 2 minutes per side. Remove pan from heat and add ouzo, then replace pan on heat. Stand back and be careful; the pan should flame up. Once flame extinguishes, squeeze juice of last lemon over cheese and sprinkle with parsley. Platter up cheese and serve with chicken skewers and the yogurt sauce.

 

 

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Yucatan Marinade Chicken Skewers

Yucatan Marinade Chicken Skewers

4 12” long Skewers (soaked, if bamboo)

1 lb. Boneless, Skinless Chicken Breast, cut into ½” pieces

1 ½ C. Yucatan Marinade

 

Thread chicken pieces on skewers, covering as much as the skewers as possible.  Place in shallow container and fully cover with marinade.  Cover and marinate overnight in the refrigerator.  The next day, preheat the grill.  When hot, remove skewers from marinade, discard marinade, and grill chicken, turning periodically to cook evenly, about 2-3 minutes per side.

 

 

From Chevy’s Tex Mex Cookbook

 

 

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Luscious Lunch on a Stick

Luscious Lunch on a Stick

luscious-lunch-on-a-stick-recipe-photo-260-ak-0001You can make up “Kebabs” with many different foods, using straws instead of skewers. They are quick to put together and easy to pack in the lunch box. Add a container of ketchup or a dip for extra flavour. Here are some ideas for you to try, but feel free to make up your own combinations, choosing healthy foods that your child enjoys. There is plenty of scope for your children to help with this task.

Slices of ham or turkey rolled up and interspersed with cubes of cheese and wedges of pineapple

Cherry tomatoes and chunks of cucumber mozzarella cheese

Slices of cooked sausage and gherkin

Pieces of carrot, celery, cucumber, bell pepper, and baby corn

Squares of Spanish omelette

Salami, cubes of mozzarella cheese, and cherry tomatoes

 

Skewer any combination above for a perfect lunch or finger food snack for the kids.

 

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Pineapple Rum Turkey Kabobs

Pineapple Rum Turkey Kabobs

kabob12 oz turkey breast tenderloin, raw (or boneless turkey breast)

1/3 C. pineapple juice, unsweetened

3 T. rum

1 T. brown sugar

1 T. fresh lemongrass, finely chopped (or 2 tsp. finely shredded lemon peel)

1 T. olive oil

1 red onion, cut into thin wedges

3 plums, pitted and cut into thick slices (or 2 Nectarines)

2 C. Pineapple, chunks, canned, with water (or fresh)

1 C. cooked long grain brown rice, hot (optional)

 

Cut turkey into 1-inch pieces. Place turkey in a resealable plastic bag set in a shallow dish. In a small bowl combine pineapple juice, rum, brown sugar, lemongrass, and oil. Pour over turkey and seal bag. Marinate in the refrigerator for 4 to 24 hours, turning bag occasionally. Drain turkey, reserving marinade.  In a small saucepan bring marinade to a boil. Boil gently, uncovered, for 1 minute. Remove from heat. On four 12-inch metal skewers, alternately thread turkey and onion, leaving ¼ inch between pieces.  On four additional 12-inch metal skewers, alternately thread plums and pineapple.  Brush onion and fruit with some of the marinade. Place turkey and fruit kabobs on the rack of an uncovered grill directly over medium coals. Grill until turkey is no longer pink, onion is tender, and fruit is heated through, turning once halfway through grilling and brushing occasionally with marinade the last half of grilling. (Allow 12 to 14 minutes for turkey and onion and about 5 minutes for fruit.) If desired, serve the turkey, onion, and fruit with hot cooked rice.

 

 

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Grilled Scallion Skewers

Grilled Scallion Skewers

20 scallions

4 wooden skewers, soaked in water for 10 minutes

2 tsp. olive oil

 

Preheat the grill or a grill pan.  Cut the roots and tops off of the scallions so you have the bulb plus 1-inch of the green left. Reserve the scallion tops for future use.  Make a few slices into the green part of the scallion so it sprays out a little. Thread the scallions onto the skewers, brush with oil, and grill over a medium heat for about 10 minutes, turning once or twice.

 

Yield:  4 servings

Calories:  45

Fat: 2.5g

Fiber: 2g

Shrimp Kabobs

Shrimp Kabobs

1 lb. uncooked and peeled shrimp tails on

1 large (35 1/2 oz) can pineapple chunks, undrained

1 (8 oz) bottle Italian dressing

1 (8 oz) can tomato sauce

2 table spoons brown sugar

1 tsp.  prepared mustard

1 medium size bell pepper cut into 1″ cubes/squares

Hot cooked rice (optional)

Drain pineapple, reserving the juice. Combine pineapple juice, Italian dressing, tomato sauce, sugar, and mustard in shallow dish and mix well. Add shrimp, tossing gently to coat. Cool mixture with shrimp in refrigerator for 2 or more hours. Remove shrimp and set marinade aside. Alternate shrimp, pineapple chunks, and bell peppers on skewers. Grill over medium hot coals for 3 or 4 minutes per side until done. Apply liberal marinade during grilling. Serve over hot rice with marinade if desired.

 

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Do Your Own Kabobs

Do Your Own Kabobs

3lbs beef cubes or 1 1/4″ meat strips from 1″ sirloin tip (or use lamb, fresh pork, various sausages cubes, boneless chicken cubes or strips or other meats)

20 medium-sized fresh mushrooms

Assortment of apple wedges, mango slices, smoked sausage, steamed new potatoes, red pimento peppers, yellow squash, zucchini or plantain

1 fresh pineapple cut into 1 1/2″ cubes

20 cherry tomatoes or 5 small tomatoes, quartered

2 large bell peppers cut into 1 1/2″ cubes

3 large onions, quartered

 

Each person can fix the combination of their choice and cook them as desired while socializing. Ingredients are based on 20 people. Preheat the grille. Let the guests thread the skewers, alternating meat with vegetables. Then place their kabob on the grille, brushed with marinade and cook to their preference turning frequently. Fresh salads and fruit round out this relaxed gathering.

 

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Teriyaki Beef Sticks

Teriyaki Beef Sticks

Teriyaki Beef Sticks

 

1 C. Soy Sauce

1 C. Sugar

3 T. mirin

4 garlic cloves, peeled and finely minced or grated

One 1 1/2-inch piece fresh ginger, peeled and finely grated

1 1/2 pounds flank steak, thinly sliced across the grain into long strips

3 C. steamed rice, for serving

 

In a bowl, whisk the soy sauce, sugar, mirin, garlic, and ginger until combined. Add the meat and evenly coat with the marinade. Cover the bowl with plastic wrap and marinate the meat in the refrigerator for 2 to 3 hours. Meanwhile, soak 8 bamboo skewers in water for at least 1 hour before using, weighing them dorm with a heavy bowl.  Preheat the broiler. Line a rimmed baking sheet with foil, dull side up, and spray lightly with oil. Thread the meat onto the skewers and set them on the baking sheet. Broil until the meat is browned and cooked through, 1 to 2 minutes on each side. Serve with steamed rice.

Asian Ostrich Satay with Sesame Seeds on Skewers

Asian Ostrich Satay with Sesame Seeds on Skewers

1/3 C. of soy sauce

2 tsp Asian sesame oil

2 tsp minced gingerroot

2 large garlic cloves, finely minced

2 tsp. rice vinegar

1-2 tsp. sugar

1/2 tsp. freshly ground white pepper

1 1/2 T. lightly toasted sesame seeds

1 pound ostrich filet, partially frozen for easy slicing

Fresh cilantro sprigs (optional)

 

Mix together soy sauce, oil, and gingerroot. Garlic, vinegar, sugar, pepper, and sesame seeds. Slice meat on diagonal 1/8 to 1/4 inch thick and add to soy mixture. Toss well to coat all the slices and let stand at room temperature for 1 hour.  Prepare grill. Thread meat on skewers. Place skewers on grill rack, not touching each other. Grill over medium-hot to hot coals, basting once or twice with marinade, until meat is lightly browned, about 2 minutes on each side. Cook rare to medium-rare. Do not overcook. Arrange on a clean serving plate and garnish with cilantro. May want to use Southeast peanut sauce for dipping.

Grilled Caribbean Skewers

Grilled Caribbean Skewers

1/2 C. brandy

2 T. olive oil

2 T. brown sugar

1 T. fresh lime juice

1 T. chopped fresh mint

1 T. minced garlic

1 tsp. grated fresh ginger

1 tsp. salt

1/2 tsp. freshly ground black pepper

1/2 turkey breast, boned, skinned and cut into 1-1/2-inch cubes (3 pounds), or 2 pounds trimmed boneless beef (sirloin, top round, or chuck) or boneless leg of lamb, cut into 1-1/2-inch cubes

Lemon wedges (optional)

Fresh mint sprigs (optional)

 

For the marinade, in a glass measure combine brandy, olive oil, brown sugar, lime juice, mint, garlic, ginger, salt, and pepper. Pour the mixture into a heavy-duty resealable plastic storage bag. Add the turkey, seal the bag, and press the bag to coat the meat in the marinade. Marinate in the refrigerator for 3 hours.  Heat grill. On 8 skewers, thread 4 to 5 pieces of turkey or meat. Grill kebabs over medium-hot heat, 12 to 16 minutes for turkey, or until cooked through; or 10 to 12 minutes for medium-rare beef or lamb (145 degree F). If desired, garnish with lemon wedges and mint sprigs.

Chili-Lime Pineapple {Mango} Chicken Skewers

Chili-Lime Pineapple {Mango} Chicken Skewers

6 Tbsp olive oil

1/4 C fresh lime juice

Zest of one lime

1 tsp chili powder

1/4 tsp cayenne pepper (double that if you like spicy things)

1/2 tsp salt

1 Tbsp sugar

4 boneless, skinless chicken breast halves, cut into 1 inch cubes

3 ripe but firm mangoes, peeled and cut into 1 1/2 inch cubes or fresh pineapple spears cut into 1 1/2 inch cubes.  I used about 6-7 large spears.

 

Soak wooden/bamboo skewers in water for 20-30 minutes prior to using them.  This will prevent them from burning on the grill. In a large bowl, whisk together the olive oil, lime juice, lime zest, chili powder, cayenne, salt and sugar.  Place in a zip-lock bag and add the chicken and mangoes (pineapple), stirring gently to coat with marinade.  Cover and refrigerate for 2-4 hours. Prepare grill (or indoor grill pan). Remove the chicken and fruit from the marinade and thread onto skewers, alternating the pieces and dividing them evenly. Be sure not to smash everything together too tightly.  In order for the food to cook thoroughly and evenly, it needs room!  The pieces threaded on should just barely touch each other. Cook on grill until nicely charred and cooked through – 6-10 minutes. 

Lemon-Garlic Shrimp Skewers

Lemon-Garlic Shrimp Skewers

 

2 tablespoons kosher salt

2 tablespoons sugar

2 to 2 1/2 pounds peeled, deveined shrimp (12 to 15 per lb.), rinsed and drained

1/4 cup olive oil

1/4 cup chopped parsley

1 tablespoon grated lemon peel

2 or 3 cloves garlic, peeled and minced

1/2 teaspoon fresh-ground pepper

Lemon wedges

 

In a bowl, mix salt and sugar. Add shrimp and stir gently to coat. Cover and chill 45 minutes to 1 hour. Rinse shrimp well and drain; also rinse and dry bowl. Return shrimp to bowl. Add olive oil, parsley, lemon peel, garlic, and pepper. Mix to coat. Thread shrimp on metal or soaked wooden skewers, running skewer through the body once near the tail and once near the head end of each shrimp so it looks like the letter C. Lay shrimp skewers on an oiled barbecue grill over hot coals or high heat on a gas grill (you can hold your hand at grill level only 2 to 3 seconds); close lid on gas grill. Cook, turning once, until shrimp are bright pink and opaque but still moist-looking in center of thickest part (cut to test), 5 to 6 minutes total. Serve with lemon wedges to squeeze over shrimp.

Teriyaki Ginger Tuna Skewers

Teriyaki Ginger Tuna Skewers

30 (8-inch) bamboo skewers
Marinade:
15 oz.teriyaki sauce (average 2 grams sugar per serving)
3 oz.sesame oil
1 T. fresh ginger, minced
1 tsp. fresh garlic, minced
1 lemon, juiced
1 T. sugar substitute (recommended: Splenda)
2 lb. fresh tuna steak, cut into 1-inch cubes
1 T. sesame seeds, toasted

Soak bamboo skewers in water for 30 minutes to 1 hour. (This will keep them from burning later). Mix all marinade ingredients together in a bowl. Submerge tuna cubes in marinade, cover, and refrigerate for at least 30 minutes. Preheat a grill or grill pan to high. Remove tuna from marinade and skewers from water, and thread tuna onto skewers. Place skewers on the edges of the grill with the longest part of the stick hanging off the edge away from the fire. Stay close by and turn the sticks by hand to keep from burning. Brochettes are done in just 3 to 4 minutes. Sprinkle with sesame seeds before serving. Hint: Serve over Szechuan vegetable stir-fry, or for a party, stick skewers straight out of the side of a cantaloupe half filled with melon balls.

Yield: 4 servings
Calories: 336
Fat: 9g
Fiber: 0g

Pan Seared Shrimp and Scallop Skewers

Pan Seared Shrimp and Scallop Skewers

 

8 (6 to 8-inch) bamboo skewers

16 jumbo deveined, peeled shrimp

16 sea scallops

Salt and pepper

1 tsp. sweet paprika, 1/3 palmful

1/2 tsp. crushed red pepper flakes, eyeball it

1 lemon zested and juiced

2 T. chopped flat leaf parsley, a handful

1 T. extra virgin olive oil, 1 turn of the pan

Directions

Preheat a large nonstick skillet over medium high to high heat. On bamboo skewers, thread 4 shrimp on 4 skewers, 4 scallops on each of 4 skewers. Season both shrimp and scallop skewers with salt and pepper on both sides. Combine paprika, crushed pepper, lemon zest and parsley in a small dish. Sprinkle combined herbs and spices over shrimp and rub. Add a 1/2 a turn of the pan of extra virgin olive oil, (1 1/2 tsp.), to the hot skillet and sear the shrimps 3 minutes on each side or until curled and pink. Squeeze the juice of 1/2 lemon over the pan and remove to a warm platter. Return pan to the heat and add remaining oil. Cook scallops 3 to 4 minutes on each side or until caramel in color. Squeeze the juice of 1/2 lemon over the pan and transfer skewers to serving platter along side shrimp.

Chicken Skewers with Grilled Mango

Chicken Skewers with Grilled Mango

20 (10- to 12-inch) wooden skewers
3/4 C. plain yogurt
2 T. fresh lemon juice
1 large garlic clove, minced
2 tsp. sugar
1 tsp. salt
1/2 tsp. turmeric
1/4 tsp. freshly ground pepper
6 boneless, skinless chicken breast halves (about 2 lb.)
3 large, ripe mangoes
Cooking oil spray

Soak skewers in warm water at least 20 minutes while chicken is marinating. In a large, shallow dish, mix together the yogurt, lemon juice, garlic, sugar, salt, turmeric, and pepper. Slice each chicken breast half lengthwise into 3 to 4 long strips. Add chicken to yogurt mixture and toss to coat. Cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate at least 20 minutes or overnight, if desired. Lightly coat clean grids of grill with cooking oil spray. Heat grill to medium-high heat. Peel mangoes and slice large pieces from pits; discard pits. Remove chicken from marinade, shaking off excess, and thread on skewers. Arrange chicken diagonally across grids, without touching. Cook, with lid down, 3 minutes per side, until chicken is seared and just cooked through. Transfer chicken to a platter and cover with foil to keep warm. Place mango slices on grids and cook on both sides until just seared and warm, about 2 minutes per side. Serve skewers with grilled mango pieces.

Yield: 4 servings
Calories: 307
Fat: 6g
Fiber: 1g

Teriyaki Sesame Chicken Skewers

Teriyaki Sesame Chicken Skewers

24 (8-inch) bamboo skewers
Marinade:
15 ounces teriyaki sauce (no more than 2 grams sugar per serving)
6 T. sesame oil
1/4 tsp. minced garlic
1 lemon, juiced
1 T. sugar substitute (recommended: Splenda)

2 pounds boneless, skinless chicken thighs
1 T. sesame seeds, toasted

Soak bamboo skewers in water for 1 hour to keep from burning later. Mix all marinade ingredients together in a non-reactive container large enough to hold all of the chicken. Cut chicken into 1/2-inch strips and submerge them in the marinade, cover, and refrigerate for at least 1 hour. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F. Thread 1 chicken strip on each skewer towards end of the stick, and line up on a sheet pan. Place in oven and bake for about 30 minutes, or until fully cooked through. Sprinkle with sesame seeds before serving. Serve by sticking skewers straight out of the side of a cantaloupe half filled with melon balls, if desired.

Servings: 24
Calories: 57
Fat: 2g
Fiber: 0g

Cuban Chicken Skewers

Cuban Chicken Skewers

1/2 C. orange juice
3 T. fresh lemon juice
1 T. olive oil
2 large garlic clove(s), minced
1 tsp. ground cumin
1/2 tsp. paprika
1/2 tsp. table salt
1/2 tsp. dried oregano
2 lb. uncooked chicken breast, boneless and skinless, cut into 32 chunks
12 medium jalapeo pepper(s), halved lengthwise, seeded
2 serving olive oil cooking spray (5 one-second sprays per serving)

Combine orange and lemon juices, oil, garlic, cumin, paprika, salt and oregano in a re-sealable plastic food storage bag. Add chicken and peppers. Seal bag and turn to coat. Place bag on a plate on bottom shelf in refrigerator and marinate for 2 to 8 hours. Preheat grill or grill pan. Thread chicken and pepper halves onto 8 metal or wooden skewers, using 4 pieces of chicken and 3 pieces of pepper per skewer. Coat with cooking spray. (Note: If you’re using wooden skewers, soak them in water 30 minutes before use to prevent charring.) Grill skewers, turning often, until chicken is no longer pink in the center, about 6 to 8 minutes. Serve immediately. Leftovers can be refrigerated for up to 3 days.

Yield: 8 servings
Calories: 292
Fat: 12.2g
FIber: 2.2

Grilled Chicken Skewers with Satay Sauce

Grilled Chicken Skewers with Satay Sauce

8 pieces Boneless, Skinless Chicken Tenderloins
1/8 tsp. table salt, or to taste
1/8 tsp. black pepper, or to taste
3/4 C. fat-free sour cream
2 T. peanut butter
1 T. low-sodium soy sauce
2 tsp. dark sesame oil

Preheat outdoor grill, stovetop grill pan or broiler. Thread chicken tenders onto 8 individual metal or wooden skewers (if using wooden skewers, soak skewers in water first); season to taste with salt and pepper. Grill or broil skewers until chicken is cooked through, turning skewers frequently, about 5 to 7 minutes. Meanwhile, whisk together remaining ingredients to make satay sauce.

Yield: 4 servings
Serving Size: 2 skewers & 1/4 C. Sauce

Calories: 307
Fat: 26g
Fiber: .3g

Orange-Ginger Skewered Pork Tenderloin

Orange-Ginger Skewered Pork Tenderloin

1 tsp. ground coriander
1 tsp. white pepper
3/4 tsp. salt
2 pork tenderloins (about 1-3/4 lbs. total), trimmed
1 jar (12 oz.) orange marmalade
3 T. white vinegar
4 tsp. soy sauce
2 cloves garlic, finely chopped
1 T. grated fresh ginger

Oil and heat grill. Soak 12 bamboo skewers in water in shallow pan 30 minutes. Meanwhile, for the rub, combine coriander, white pepper and salt in a small bowl. With a sharp knife, split each tenderloin lengthwise in half (do not cut all the way through meat). Press meat open and cover top with apiece of plastic wrap. Gently press down on wrap to flatten the meat to an even thickness. Uncover pork; cut each tenderloin crosswise into 3 equal pieces, then make three 1-1/2-inch-deep slits from one edge of each piece. Thread one skewer through top and bottom of each piece. Coat all pork pieces with spice rub. For the glaze, place marmalade in a small microwave-proof bowl; cover with plastic wrap. Microwave on High 1 minute. Stir in white vinegar, soy sauce, garlic and ginger. Remove one third of the glaze to another bowl; set aside for dipping sauce. Grill pork 4 minutes. Brush top generously with remaining glaze and grill 12 minutes more, turning and brushing meat with glaze every 4 minutes or until an instant read thermometer registers 160 degree F. Transfer one piece of pork to each of six serving plates. Serve with reserved glaze.

Yield: 6 servings
Calories: 305
Fat: 5.5g

Grilled Shrimp & Plum Skewers with Sweet Hoisin Sauce

Grilled Shrimp & Plum Skewers with Sweet Hoisin Sauce

12 jumbo shrimp peeled & deveined (about 1 pound)
3 plums quartered,
2 T. minced peeled fresh ginger
1 T. olive oil
1/2 tsp. salt
1/2 tsp. white or black pepper

Sweet Hoisin Sauce
1/3 cup bottled hoisin sauce
1/4 cup rice vinegar
2 T. sherry
2 T. ketchup
1 T. brown sugar
1/2 tsp. five-spice powder

1/4 cup (11/2- inch) julienne – cut green onions (optional)
1 lime quartered (optional)

To prepare hoisin sauce: Combine all the ingredients in a small bowl. Prepare grill. Toss shrimp, plums, ginger, olive oil, salt and pepper in a large bowl. Thread 3 shrimp and 3 plum sections alternately onto each of 4 (10-inch) skewers. Spoon 1/2 cup Sweet Hoisin Sauce into a cup; place remaining sauce in a serving bowl. Place kebabs on a grill rack coated with cooking spray; cook for 4 minutes. Turn kebabs, and brush with about 1/4 cup sauce. Cook 4 minutes, Turn the kebabs; brush with about 1/4 cup sauce. Cook 2 minutes, turning once. Serve remaining 1/2 cup sauce as a dipping sauce. Garnish with onions and lime wedges if desired.

Yield: 4 servings
Servings size: 1 kebab and about 2 T. sauce

Calories: 220
Fat: 6.4g
Fiber: 1.5g

Lemon-Rosemary Chicken Skewers

Lemon-Rosemary Chicken Skewers

1/4 C. fresh lemon juice
2 T. olive oil
1 T. chopped fresh rosemary leaves
2 cloves garlic, minced
salt to taste, if desired
freshly ground black pepper
4 boneless, skinless chicken breasts, cut into 2-inch pieces
8 pearl onions, unpeeled
2 small yellow summer squash, cut into 1-inch pieces
2 small zucchini, cut into 1-inch pieces
8 cherry tomatoes
12 bamboo (soaked in water) or metal skewers

To make the marinade, combine the lemon juice, olive oil, rosemary, garlic, salt and pepper in a small bowl. Place the chicken in a separate bowl, toss it with half of the marinade and refrigerate for at least 30 minutes or overnight. (Note: This doesn’t make a ton of marinade. The chicken and veggies won’t be SOAKING, they will just be coated.) Bring a saucepan of water to a boil, add the onions and cook for 5 minutes. Drain the onions, rinse them under cold water and peel. Add the onions, summer squash and zucchini to the remaining marinade and set aside at room temperature for a few minutes or refrigerate overnight. (This can be done in advance and refrigerated for up to 2 days.) Preheat the grill to medium-high. Thread the chicken and vegetables, including the cherry tomatoes, onto the skewers. Grill the brochettes on each side until the chicken is cooked through and the vegetables are tender, about 4 to 6 minutes per side.

4 Servings, 3 Skewers each
212 Calories per serving
7.8g fat
1.9g fiber

Notes: The orignal recipe called for 1/4 C. oil, or 4 T. instead of 2. There was still plenty of marinade and that cut out 200 unneeded calories in the recipe. I use foster farms chicken breasts, about 4oz. per breast, 112 calories per 4oz. I didn’t pre-cook my pearl onions, and they were still crunchy when the skewers were ready. That was OK with me, and cut down on prep time, but I think next time I will pre-cook them, because if they get fully soft they will be sweeter, which might off-set the sour of the lemon a bit better.

I liked ths recipe, although I did have more vegetables than chicken for skewers. Ended up grilling up just some veggies for another meal, and they were actually even a little tastier the next day after sitting in the marinade all night. The chicken was STRONGLY lemony. I marinaded about 8 hours and I had resuced the oil by half. Although I liked the veggies after a full 30+ hours in the marinade, I don’t think the chicken should sit that long, i think it would be too lemony. Next time I might start the veggies the day before, reserve my chicken marinade, and toss in the chicken only 30-60 minutes before grilling

Orange-Ginger Shrimp Skewers

Orange-Ginger Shrimp Skewers

1/2 cup fresh orange juice (about 2 oranges)
2 T. minced green onion
1 T. minced peeled fresh ginger
1 T. minced fresh cilantro
2 T. rice vinegar
2 T. low-sodium soy sauce
1 T. vegetable oil
2 tsp. grated orange rind
1 minced hot red chile (optional)
1 pound large shrimp, peeled and deveined
2 oranges, peeled, cut in half and quartered
Cooking spray

Combine first 9 ingredients in a bowl. Add shrimp; toss to coat. Cover and marinate in refrigerator 15 minutes. Remove shrimp from dish, reserving marinade. Thread shrimp and orange quarters alternately onto each of 8 (8-inch) skewers. Heat large grill pan coated with cooking spray over medium-high heat. Cook skewers 4 minutes on each side or until done, basting with reserved marinade.

Yield: 8 servings
Serving size: 1 skewer

Calories: 104
Fat: 2.8g

Celestial Chicken Skewers

Celestial Chicken Skewers

3/4 cup low-fat mayonnaise
1/3 cup low-fat buttermilk
3 T. chopped green onion tops
1 T. chopped fresh or 1 tsp. dried tarragon
1 T. chopped fresh or 1 tsp. dried dill
2 tsp. white wine vinegar
1/2 small cucumber (about 2 oz.)
3 cups water
1/2 pound skinned, boned chicken breast, cut into 24 (3/4-inch) pieces
24 small mint leaves
Cucumber slices (optional)

Place first 6 ingredients in a blender; process until smooth. Cover and chill. Cut the cucumber lengthwise into 4 pieces; cut each piece crosswise into 6 (1/4-inch) slices. Bring water to a boil in a medium saucepan. Add chicken; cook 4 minutes or until done. Drain well, and cool. Thread 1 chicken piece, 1 cucumber piece, and 1 mint leaf onto each of 24 (6-inch) skewers. Cover and chill. Serve with sauce; garnish with cucumber slices, if desired.

Serving size: 3 skewers and 2 T. sauce
Calories: 86

Tom-Mozz Skewers with Bloody Mary Vinaigrette

Tom-Mozz Skewers with Bloody Mary Vinaigrette

When you skewer perfect, flavorful cherry tomatoes and bite-sized mozzarella bocconcini (little balls) and serve them with spicy Bloody Mary Vinaigrette, you get a salad takeoff that is simple, dramatic, delicious –and nearly instant. To make it even more special, serve with Crispy Buttermilk-Soaked Onions.

 

abc_skewers_100723_wmain1/2 cup bottled Bloody Mary mix

2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil

1/2 teaspoon kosher salt

1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper

2 finely diced celery hearts (about 3 tablespoons)

 

32 fresh mozzarella bocconcini

32 cherry tomatoes

32 large basil leaves, washed and dried

8 10-inch wooden skewers

Crispy Buttermilk-Soaked Onions  (if desired)

 

In a medium bowl, whisk together all the ingredients for the vinaigrette. Refrigerate until you’re ready to serve. Thread the mozzarella, tomatoes, and basil leaves on the skewers, alternating them and using 4 of each per skewer. Cover and refrigerate until ready to serve. Arrange two skewers on each of four salad plates and drizzle the skewers with the vinaigrette. You can also arrange all the skewers on a big platter and pour the vinaigrette into a small bowl for dipping. If you’re serving with the Crispy Buttermilk-Soaked Onions, mound them next to the skewers and serve immediately.

 

Cat’s note: Some Bloody Mary mixes are saltier and spicier than others; be sure to taste before adding more salt or pepper.

 

 

from: Cat Cora’s Classics with a Twist

 

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Grilled Rosemary Shrimp Skewers

Grilled Rosemary Shrimp Skewers

Rosemary-Shrimp-Skewers-Grilled-Pineapple-Avocado-Salsa16-20 extra-large shrimp, shelled and deveined

2 T. olive oil

2 tsp fresh thyme leaves

16-20 4-inch rosemary skewers (see instructions)

Sea Salt

 

In a medium non-metal bowl, combine shrimp, oil, and thyme. Cover and refrigerate for 2 hours or up to 6 hours.  For rosemary skewers: Pull half of the leaves off each stalk, so that leaves remain on one end. Sharpen the other end into a point with a paring knife. Thread shrimp onto the pointed end of each skewer.  Heat a grill, grill pan, or broiler. Cook shrimp about 3 minutes per side, until they turn opaque and start to curl slightly. Place on serving platter; sprinkle with sea salt.

 

Yield: 16-20

Calories:  23

Fat: 0g

Fiber: 0g

 

Teriyaki Chicken & Beef Skewers for Pot Luck

Teriyaki Chicken & Beef Skewers for Pot Luck

2 tablespoons finely minced peeled fresh ginger

1 tablespoon finely minced garlic

⅔ cup low-sodium soy sauce, or ½ cup regular soy sauce and 2 tablespoons water

2 teaspoons canola or vegetable oil, plus oil for the baking sheet (optional)

3 tablespoons mirin (optional, see Notes)

¼ cup firmly packed brown sugar

1 teaspoon cornstarch

2 pounds chicken tenders, or 2 pounds skinless, boneless chicken breasts or thighs, cut into ½ inch–wide strips, or 2 pounds sirloin steak, cut into ½-inch slices

Nonstick cooking spray (optional)

Toasted sesame seeds (optional; see Notes)

Eighteen to twenty 8-inch wooden or metal skewers

 

Place the ginger, garlic, soy sauce, oil, mirin, if using, brown sugar, and cornstarch in a small bowl or in a small container with a lid and stir well or shake to combine.  Pour the teriyaki marinade into a 1-quart heavy-duty zipper-top plastic bag or a larger plastic container with a lid. Add the chicken or steak and mix to coat well. Seal the bag or container and let the chicken or steak marinate in the refrigerator for 8 to 24 hours (the longer it marinates, the more pronounced the teriyaki flavor will be). You’ll want to flip the baggie or toss the meat in the container a couple of times during the marinating process so that it marinates evenly.  If you are using wooden skewers, at least 30 minutes before cooking soak them in water to cover in order to prevent them from burning. Lightly oil a rimmed baking sheet or spray it with nonstick cooking spray.  Preheat the broiler (see Notes).  Remove the chicken or steak from the marinade, setting aside the marinade. Skewer 1 or 2 pieces of chicken or steak on each skewer lengthwise, threading them so they are on securely. Place the skewers on the prepared baking sheet and broil until the teriyaki sauce turns a nice burnished color and the chicken is cooked through or the meat is cooked to your liking, 2 to 4 minutes on each side for chicken, another minute or 2 for medium steak.  Pour the reserved marinade into a small saucepan and bring to a boil over high heat. Reduce the heat to medium and let the marinade simmer until it becomes slightly reduced and glazelike, about 4 minutes.  Serve the skewers on a platter sprinkled with the sesame seeds, if desired. Pass around the boiled marinade in a small pitcher or bowl for drizzling over the meat or whatever starch or veggies you are serving alongside.

 

Notes:  You can also grill these skewers on a charcoal or gas grill over high heat for 2 to 4 minues per side.

 

Toasting Sesame Seeds: Heat a small skillet over medium heat (do not use a nonstick skillet for this). Add the sesame seeds and cook, stirring frequently, until they are aromatic and golden in color, 1 to 2 minutes. Watch the sesame seeds carefully and transfer them from the skillet to a heat-proof bowl the minute they start to color; they can burn very quickly.

 

Cooking Tip: If you want to use the teriyaki marinade as a sauce on the side, all you need to do is boil it for five minutes after you’ve removed the chicken, fish, or meat, and it will be safe to serve over rice or whatever else you like (if you’ve marinated tofu, this step is unnecessary). The boiled marinade will thicken and get a nice syrupy consistency.

 

from Mom 100 Cookbook

 

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Bacon-Wrapped Teriyaki Chicken Skewers

Bacon-Wrapped Teriyaki Chicken Skewers

8Or71oqQ13c2136303538363038xWfgVZz_13532293451/2 C. white sugar
1/2 C. soy sauce
1/4 C. cider vinegar
1 clove garlic, minced
1 1/4 tsp. fresh ginger, grated (or 1/2 tsp. ground ginger)
1/4 tsp. black pepper
1 T. cornstarch
1 T. cold water

Combine the first six ingredients in a medium saucepan over medium-high heat. Combine the cornstarch and water, set aside. When the sauce comes to a boil (it will happen pretty quickly) add the cornstarch mixture and stir until the sauce is thick and bubbly. Remove from heat and set aside.

1 package chicken tenders, cut into bite sized pieces
1 package bacon (not thick-sliced), cut into thirds lengthwise
1 fresh pineapple, cut into chunks about the same size as the chicken pieces

If using bamboo skewers soak them in water before using so they don’t burn on the grill. Wrap each piece of chicken with a piece of bacon and slide onto a skewer, follow with a piece of pineapple. Repeat three more times per skewer. place in a 9×13 baking dish. When all of the ingredients have been used up pour the Teriyaki sauce over them , reserving about 1/4 cup. Let them marinate in the refrigerator for at least 4 hours, no longer than 8. Heat grill to medium-high heat. Place the skewers on the grill and baste with some of the reserved sauce. Cook about 7 minutes, flip, baste again and cook another 7 minutes.

Chili Rubbed Pork Kebabs with Pineapple Salsa

Chili Rubbed Pork Kebabs with Pineapple Salsa

chili-rubbed-pork-kebab-ictcrop_3001 pineapple, peeled, cored and cut lengthwise into 16 strips
1 jalapeno, seeded and finely chopped
1/2 C. fresh cilantro leaves, roughly chopped
1 T. fresh lime juice
1/4 tsp. black pepper
2 T. olive oil
1 3/4 tsp. Kosher salt
3 tsp. chili powder
4 boneless pork loin chops, cut into 1″ cubes

Heat grill to medium-high. Skewer the pineapple strips and grill for 2 minutes per side. Cut into a small dice and combine with the jalapeno, cilantro, lime juice, pepper, 1 T. of the oil and 3/4 tsp. of the salt. Set aside. Combine the chili powder and remaining 1 tsp. salt in a large bowl. Add the pork and the remaining 1 T. oil and toss to coat. Thread the pork onto skewers. Grill the kebabs, turning every 2 minutes, until cooked through, about 8 minutes total.

Sizzlin’ Chicken Skewers

Sizzlin’ Chicken Skewers

Sizzlin_Chicken_Skewers1/3 C. hot water
1/4 C. Barbecue Sauce
1/4 C. creamy peanut butter
1/4 C. lite soy sauce
1/4 C. chopped cilantro
2 T. Honey Dijon Mustard
1 lb. boneless skinless chicken breast halves, cut into 12 thin strips

MIX water, barbecue sauce, peanut butter, soy sauce, cilantro and mustard in medium bowl with wire whisk. Refrigerate half of the mixture to use as a dipping sauce. Pour remaining mixture into large resealable plastic bag. Add chicken; seal bag. Shake gently to coat chicken. Refrigerate 1 to 2 hours to marinate. PREHEAT grill to medium-high heat. Thread chicken onto 12 skewers in ribbon fashion; discard any remaining marinade in bag. GRILL 5 to 7 min. or until chicken is cooked through. Serve with the reserved dipping sauce.

Beef Teriyaki Skewers

Beef Teriyaki Skewers

Bamboo skewers
1 lb. lean steak (flank steak is my favorite), thinly sliced across the grain
3 cloves garlic
1/2 C. agave nectar
1-1/2 C. dark soy sauce
1/2 C. + 1 tsp. reduced-sodium soy sauce
2 tsp. shao hsing wine
2 tsp. sesame oil
1 tsp. rice vinegar
2 tsp. grated fresh ginger root
1 tsp. ground (dried) ginger

Soak skewers in water for 30 minutes or more (you can do this right before you’re ready to cook). Place meat in a zip-loc bag. Add remaining ingredients to a blender or food processor and blend until garlic is chopped and ingredients are well combined. Pour into the bag, press out the air, and seal. Massage the bag to coat the meat. Refrigerate for 4-8 hours. Thread strips onto the skewers, and discard the marinade. Cook skewers on the grill, on a stove top griddle, or under the broiler for 3-4 minutes.

Antipasto Skewers with Pesto Dip

Antipasto Skewers with Pesto Dip

2/3 cup plain yogurt
1/2 cup mayonnaise
2 garlic cloves, minced
1 tablespoon red wine vinegar
1/3 cup prepared pesto sauce
42 cherry or grape tomatoes
1 bunch fresh basil
1 (8 oz.) container mini mozzarella balls, each cut in half
1 (8 oz.) jar marinated mushrooms (1 cup)
8 ounces pepperoni, cut into 21 half-inch slices, then sliced in half
1 (10 oz.) jar large stuffed Spanish olives (1 1/4 cups)

Make dip: Combine yogurt, mayonnaise, garlic, red wine vinegar and pesto sauce; stir well and chill for 30 minutes. Make skewers: Thread ingredients one by one onto skewers in this order: cherry tomato, folded basil leaf, half a mozzarella ball, mushroom, pepperoni, basil, olive. Serve skewers with dip.

Thai Chicken Satay

Thai Chicken Satay

Boneless Skinless Chicken Breasts OR Shrimp OR Pork
Soy Sauce (3/4 C.)
Coconut Milk ((1 can)
1/4 C. Lime Juice
2 tsp. Coriander
1 tsp. Turmeric
2 tsp. Cumin
1 T. Ginger (In the squeezy tube)
2 tsp. crushed garlic
4 T. minced onion
3 T. yellow curry powder
3 T. brown sugar (optional)

Combine all ingredients except meat. Slice meat into thin strips. If using shrimp, devein, and if desired, pull off tails. Put meat and marinade into a ziplock bag reserving some of the marinade for basting. Marinate for at least 20-30minutes. Overnight is super tasty. Grill/Broil while basting and turning periodically and serve.

Mozzarella, Cherry Tomato & Basil Sticks

Mozzarella, Cherry Tomato & Basil Sticks

4 Cherry Tomatoes
4 Basil Leaves
4 ½” cubes Mozzarella Cheese

Pesto Dip:
2 T. Plain Yogurt
2 tsp. Pesto

Mix together yogurt and pesto for dip and set aside. Thread a cherry tomato onto a pick, followed by basil leaf, then a cube of cheese. Repeat with a second tomato, leaf and cube. Then assemble a second pick. Serve with dip.

Asian Pork Belly Kabobs

Asian Pork Belly Kabobs

1kg pork belly, bone and skin removed but with some fat left

150ml C. reduced salt or light soy sauce
100m water
3 cloves of garlic, mashed
3 tsp. honey
2 tsp. sesame oil
1 thumb fresh ginger, peeled and finely grated
1 fresh chili, chopped (optional)
1 lemon grass stem, bruised
chopped spring onions and toasted sesame seeds for garnish
8 – 10 kebab sticks

Slice the pork belly in 1cm thick and 5cm long slices. Make the marinade by whisking all the ingredients except the lemon grass stem. Pour the marinade over the pork belly, add the lemon grass stem and let it marinate in the fridge for at least 6 hours or overnight. Remove the pork from the marinade and thread the strips on the kebab sticks. Grill on a griddle pan or on the barbecue turning on each side until cooked through.