There’s nothing quite as simple or quite as fun as skewered food. I love seeing colorful greens, yellows, and oranges of delicious fresh vegetables along side chunks of hearty beef.
They are so easy and simple and that lends very well to have many different ways to make them and have them turn out great! Here, I will use the same vegetables and Beef, but pair them with different glazes and sauces to give them a completely different taste.
No matter what your tastes are on a beautiful summer day – I’ve got you covered!
This is what I love to put on my skewers, but people’s taste’s are different, so go ahead and mix things up if you have the inclination to.
- Wooden or metal skewers (if using wooden, soak them in water for a goo half hour before using, or they will char while cooking)
- 3 medium yellow squash cut into half moons about a quarter inch thick
- 3 medium zucchini squash cut into half moons about a quarter inch thick
- 1 large red union cut into good-sized square pieces
- 3 bell peppers of different colors seeded and cut into rectangles
- 1 8 oz package whole button or cremini mushrooms
- 2 lbs beef tenderloin cut into 1 inch cubes
Take a skewer and arrange the meat and vegetables on the skewers so that all the skewers you will be making have roughly the same amount of vegetables and meat on them.
I like to leave an inch and a half or so of space at each end of the skewer so that flipping and turning is easier.
- 1 cup soy sauce
- 1 Tbs. rice wine vinegar
- 2 cloves of garlic, minced
- 2 tsp. lemon juice
- 4 green onion stalks, finely chopped
- 1 handful of toasted sesame seeds for sprinkling
In a small bowl, combine all liquid, garlic, and green onion. Brush onto skewers before and during cooking. Once cooked to desired doneness, sprinkle on sesame seeds and serve.
- 1 Tbs. ground cumin
- 1 Tbs. curry powder
- 1 Tbs. turmeric
- 1 Tbs. garlic powder
- 1 Tbs. ground ginger
- 1 tsp. chili powder
- 2 Tbs. olive oil
Combine spices in a small bowl. Brush olive oil onto skewers. You may need more oil than listed. Coat contents of skewers in spice mixture. Cook to desired doneness.
You can play with how spicy you make it by changing the amount of chili powder in your spice mixture. Don’t worry if it ends up too hot, the following cucumber yogurt sauce will cool it down for you.
- ½ cup plain yogurt
- ½ cup sour cream
- ½ medium sized cucumber, peeled and diced
Combine all three ingredients in a food processor. Process until smooth and creamy and serve beside skewers.
Good Old American Grill Style
- McCormick’s Grill Mates Montreal Steak Seasoning
- 2 Tbs. Olive Oil
Brush Skewers with olive oil and sprinkle all sides with the seasoning. Cook to desired doneness.
Though this is the simplest version of the three, it has never failed my family in a summer BBQ.
Maybe you were planning on cooking outside on your easy-to-carry Traeger grill, and then Mother Nature came to rain on your parade.
Never fear, skewers work just as well in the oven.
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