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Menu Plan for the week of July 5, 2013:  Saturday's Recipes

Tomato with Fresh Mozzarella and Basil, aka: Caprese salad
Savory Beef Kebabs
Basmati Rice

Cooking time:  45 minutes for menu     Cooking schedule: see below for instructions

     I do all the prep work early in the day: assemble the skewers and allow to marinate, skewered. All the messy work is done and dinner is a snap.  The Dipping Sauce is better when made ahead as well. We do all the cooking before we have the starter..... It's summer, the Kebabs and rice will stay warm enough. Or you can nibble on the Caprese whilst cooking the Kebabs.

Tomato with Fresh Mozzarella and Basil, aka: Caprese salad

Total time: 5 minutes
    This is one of the simple, classic, Italian Summer Salads, and seen on menus all around the Mediterranean.  It's best served with as fresh a mozzarella you can find... Which can be difficult if you don't live in Italy.  We try!

Tomato with Fresh Mozzarella and Basil, aka: Caprese salad Ingredients:


Note: if you have nice cruets for the oil and vinegar use them.  If not small bowls with small spoons work fine - or, just put the bottles on the table...

Savory Beef Kebabs

Total time: 45 minutes
    These are best if prepared earlier in the day and allowed to soak up the flavors - plus it makes dinner a breeze!  By doing the meat and some of the vegetables separately you can cook the skewers for different times: allowing the onion to get done to your liking without overcooking the beef. 

Savory Beef Kebabs Ingredients:


Yogurt Dipping Sauce

yogurt sauce Ingredients:


Basmati Rice

Total time: 20 minutes
     Simple, fragrant, fluffy, quick-cooking ....for me, the perfect white rice for a side dish.

Basmati Rice Ingredients:


Note:  Vary the herbs based on the main course.  If fresh are available use 1 tbs, snipped or minced and add during the last 5 minutes of cooking time.

Cooking Schedule: 45 minutes for menu
Assemble all food, utensils and serving dishes
Utensils: measuring cups, spoons, knives,
medium bowl, small saucepan with lid, small
bowl, skewers, plate for holding stuff while working,
dish for marinating, barbecue grill

Prep work:
Soak skewers in warm water
Mix ingredients for marinade in medium bowl
Cut beef, add to marinade, stir to coat
Clean mushrooms, add to marinade, stir gently
Cut onion
Slice zucchini (courgette)
Cut peppers
Snip herbs
Make yogurt sauce, refrigerate
When ready:
If cooking immediately, light/turn on barbecue grill

Remove meat, mushrooms from marinade
Put onion, pepper, zucchini in marinade, to coat
Thread meat, mushrooms, tomatoes on skewers
Thread onion, pepper, zucchini on skewers
Either finish...
Or refrigerate in dish, pouring marinade back over all
To finish:
Melt butter for basmati
Sauté basmati
Add stock, herbs to basmati, cover, simmer
Put vegetable kebabs on grill, indirect heat
Slice tomatoes, mozzarella
Turn vegetable kebabs, move over direct heat
Put meat kebabs on grill, direct heat
Get Yogurt sauce from fridge
Fluff rice
Remove kebabs when done to your liking
Serve all... Happy Summer

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