WHEN LIFE GIVES YOU A NICE PIECE OF BEEF, MAKE SHISH KEBABS!

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It was a family party with 15 of us.  I got steaks and cut them into fat squares and marinated them for 3 or 4 hours  in a simple marinade I made myself.  See below.  Of course a good Italian vinaigrette would also be fine!

We get together a lot, and Larry makes the world’s greatest steaks.  But once in awhile you need something different.  This is a fun dish for lots of reasons, not the least of which is that you can use whatever veggies you like.  I usually skewer the veggies separately from the meat.

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I used mushrooms, onions and red bell peppers…Use your imagination, but try to make the cuts the same size and don’t use veggies that would fall apart.  If you do potatoes, par-boil them first!

SHISH KEBABS

Beef steak (must use at least Sirloin quality, as this is a fast cook).  Ribeye or Filet works! For 15 people I used 4  lbs. of Sirloin steaks from Costco

Veggies of your choice.  Mine were onions, fat mushrooms cut in half, Red bell peppers.  Other good choices would be broccoli, cauliflower, potatoes (parboil)*, Tri-colored peppers, sliced zucchini or yellow squash.  *the parboiling depends on how you like your veggies.  Most people don’t like potatoes raw so you would parboil them, but zucchini and yellow squash might be ok a little crispier–don’t forget you can always take an empty skewer, put your stuff back on it, and cook it yourself for awhile!  Don’t disturb the host–he’s eating Jello shots!

Skewer your veggies and meats separately.  Brush the veggies with olive oil and and sprinkle lightly with salt and pepper.  If you use wooden skewers, be sure to soak them for a few hours in hot water to avoid the sticks catching on fire..

Grill on the BBQ according to your taste.  If you have a family likes ours, most of us like medium rare, but a couple of us like well done.  So skewer a couple of them with smaller pieces of meat together to get a more even cook.  That’s another reason to separate the pieces, because everything has its own cooking time, and everybody likes things differently.  So don’t be afraid to slap a couple of skewers back on the Barbie if you want more cooking!

To serve this mess, I just put it all into a big silver bowl I got at Ikea.  Everybody just picks out their favorite stuff.

MARINADE

1/2 cup soy sauce

1/2 cup good oil  (I used peanut because of it’s nice nutty flavor)* plus my hubby is allergic to sesame products, and peanut oil has a similar flavor–if you invite Larry over, please don’t kill him with sesame!

2 Tbs. grated fresh ginger

1 Tbs.  crushed garlic

2 Tbs. agave, honey or brown sugar

1/4 cup sherry

2 Tbs. seasoned rice vinegar or white balsamic

After  I marinated the meat, I poured the marinade off and boiled it for 20 minutes, until it slightly thickened.  When we served it I drizzled the marinade over the meat.

 


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