Friday, October 23, 2009

Skewer it, it's football tailgatting time....

My football motto is on any given Saturday, if Michigan wins, Ohio State and Notre Dame loose, that makes for a good weekend!

For those who's teams lost, don't let that dampen your tailgating experience, I say-skewer it and enjoy these recipes.

Spicy Beef Kebabs


1 1/2 to 2 pounds boneless beef sirloin
3 cloves garlic, minced
2 teaspoons smoked paprika
1/2 teaspoon ground turmeric
1 teaspoon kosher salt
1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
1/3 cup red wine vinegar
1/2 cup olive oil
Special equipment: 4 (12 inch) metal skewers or wood, soaked ahead of time


Cut beef into 1 1/2 to 1 3/4 inch cubes and place into a large mixing bowl. Set aside

In the bowl of a food processor combine the garlic, paprika, turmeric, cumin, salt, pepper, and red wine vinegar. With the processor running drizzle in the olive oil.

Pour the marinade over the meat and toss to coat. Place in the refrigerator in an airtight container or a seal able plastic bag and allow to marinate for 2 to 4 hours.

Preheat grill to medium-high heat. Thread the eat onto the skewers leaving about 1/2 inch in between the pieces of meat. Place on the grill and cook, with lid lowered , 2 to 3 minutes per side, 8 to 12 minutes in all. (8 minutes for rare and 12 for medium) Remove from the heat to aluminum foil, wrap and allow to rest 2 to 3 minutes prior to serving.

Grilled Tomato Kebabs


1 pint cherry tomatoes
Good olive oil
Kosher salt and freshly ground pepper


Heat a charcoal grill with coals, spread them out in one dense layer and brush the grill with oil. Place the cherry tomatoes on skewers, threading them through the stem of the tomato. Brush with olive oil and sprinkle with salt and pepper.

Place on grill, turning once until seared on the outside but still firm on the inside, about 5 minutes.

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