Wednesday, July 8, 2009

Shish Kababs with out the Kababs

For Bunko night I made these Shish Kabobs but I didn't use the skewers. I love the presentation of the food on the skewers, but they some how make me uneasy. I don't know if I feel like things are getting cross contaminated, or meat and vegetables can't cook together in harmony. Either the meat with be over cooked the the veggies will be raw. Plus it is very time consuming to skewer all the food! So I used some grill baskets like this one;I cooked the chicken, the beef and the vegetables in different baskets, and it worked out perfect!  I marinated both the beef and the chicken.

Now everyone was so impressed by the tenderness of the meat, I would like to tell them it was the fantastic marinade, but it was tender because it was a tender cut of meat, that is why they call it the "tenderloin" or the fillet mignon. However, it was because of the marinade it had a fantastic flavor!

 Beef Marinade
1/3 c soy sauce
1/4 c rice vinegar
3 T sesame oil
2 T sugar
4 garlic cloves smashed (not minced)
1 small onion quartered

Combine all the ingredient and add the meat. Marinade in the fridge for a couple hours. Now you don't want to fine chop the onions or the garlic because you only want to give the meat the essence of those things, if they stick to meat when they hit the grill, the garlic and onions would burn.

Chicken Marinade
1/4 c ketchup
1/2 c pineapple juice
1/4 c vinegar
3 T oil
1/4 c soy sauce
2 T sugar

As for the veggies, I used onions, mushrooms, zucchini, red bell pepper, green bell pepper, grape tomatoes, and of course tons and tons of pineapple! After cutting it all up I coated it will olive oil and salt and pepper. I cooked the veggies first. 
You just place the basket on the grill, and give the food a toss now and again until its done! 
It was a hit! However, I didn't get a bunko, and I didn't even win a prize. I never do!


jayniemoon said...

This looks fantastic!
I do admit, we missed you guys greatly at the parade, but I'm glad you had fun. Also glad to see you at the BBQ!

jayniemoon said...

Okay Natalie,
I missed the before and after Japan pictures when you posted them the first time, and I am seriously in tears laughing a them now. You are the best for posting them.

Oh and where did you get that nice basket deal to put the meat and veggies in?

Nan said...

My mom got the baskets at big lots, whether you still can, I do not know. They usually sell things like that the BBQ grill section of any store