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beef kebabs
Savory Beef Kebabs

 

Menu Plan for the week of July 5, 2013: Day 2 Recipes

Savory Beef and Vegetable 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.

Savory Beef Kebabs                                                Preparation and cooking 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. 

12oz (360gr) beef loin or sirloin, cut into 1 1/2" (3.75cm) cubes
1/2 yellow, orange or red bell pepper 
1/2 green bell pepper   
1 red or sweet onion
1 small - medium zucchini (courgette) 8" (20cm)
6 - 8 mushrooms, large enough to be skewered
6 - 8 large cherry tomatoes
4 - 8 skewers, depending on length   if wood, soak in water while preparing the rest

Marinade
3 tbs olive oil
3 tbs ketchup
2 tbs Worcestershire sauce
1 tbs soy sauce
1 tbs chili powder
1 tbs paprika
1/2 tsp ground ginger
1 tsp garlic powder
Hot pepper sauce or red pepper flakes - optional  too hot for me ;)

Put wooden skewers in water to soak.
In small bowl whisk together all ingredients for marinade.  Pour over meat and let marinate for 20 - 30 minutes, or longer.  Clean mushrooms, removing stems.  Add to marinade.
Cut each half pepper into 1 1/2 " (3.75cm) squares.   Peel and cut onion into 8 wedges.  Cut zucchini into slices about 1/2 inch (1.25cm) thick.
At this point you can set it all aside while the meat marinates, or assemble the skewers and allow to marinate on the skewers.
To assemble:  Remove meat and mushrooms from marinade. Put onions, zucchini and peppers in the marinade and stir to coat.
Thread meat, tomatoes and mushrooms onto half of the skewers, alternating. 
Remove vegetables from marinade and thread onions, peppers and zucchini on the remaining skewers, alternating. 
To cook:  Start to cook the vegetable-only skewers first, over indirect heat with the cover closed.  After about 7 minutes, lift cover and turn vegetables, moving over direct heat.  Add beef skewers over direct heat.  Cook for 6 - 10 minutes, or until beef is done to your liking, turning halfway through cooking time.  Vegetables should be crisp-tender.   Remove and serve with Basmati Rice or Couscous. 
Could also be cooked under the broiler (grill) for 12 - 15 minutes, or until done.

Yogurt Dipping Sauce                                                                     Time: 5 minutes  

1/3 cup (3oz, 90gr) Greek or plain yogurt
1 tbs olive oil
1 tsp lemon juice
2 tsp snipped fresh mint leaves (spearmint)  if you don't have any, you could use 1 tsp dried mint or leave it out
2 tsp fresh snipped chives
1 tsp fresh snipped tarragon

Combine all ingredients in a small bowl.  Mix well and refrigerate until ready to use.  Serve with kebabs. 

Basmati Rice                                            Time:   20 minutes or whatever your package says
     Simple, fragrant, fluffy, quick-cooking ....for me, the perfect white rice for a side dish.  

1/2 cup Basmati rice
1 tsp butter
1 cup (8oz, 240ml) beef stock
1 tsp fresh tarragon
2 tsp fresh chives

Melt butter in small saucepan over medium heat.  Add rice and sauté, stirring for 2 - 3 minutes.  Add stock or water and herbs.  Cook rice for length of time on package.  When done fluff with fork and serve.

Cooking Schedule: 45 minutes for menu
Assemble all food, utensils and serving dishes
Utensils: measuring cups, spoons, knives,
scissors,
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
      Pause a minute to enjoy the evening
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