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July 7, 2008 / Tony

Zesty Beef Kebabs

This is my favorite kebab recipe.  It’s a pretty simple concoction but the beef comes out so brightly flavored because of the lemon zest in the marinade.  The garlic adds a nice bit of punch and the mustard adds some depth and richness.  Here’s the recipe:

Zesty Beef Kebabs

1 1/2 lbs beef, cut into 1 1/2 inch cubes

2 T vegetable oil

1 T red wine vinegar

2 tsp dijon

1 tsp lemon zest

1/2 tsp dried rosemary

1 tsp minced garlic

1 tsp salt

1/2 tsp pepper

Mix together all ingredients, except the beef, in a gallon sized resealable plastic bag.  Add the beef to the bag, seal, and then use your hands to massage the marinade so that it covers the beef.  Place the bag in the refrigerator. 

Meanwhile prepare a hot grill.  When hot, skewer the beef on skewers, leaving about 1/2 an inch of space between each chunk.  Grill, turning occasionally, until cooked to your desired level of doneness.  Serve immediately.

So, when I say a hot grill, I mean something along these lines:


I think the charcoal chimney is a perfect method of cooking kebabs.  They’re small, so they cook really quickly.  Yet, part of the appeal of grilled food is just a bit of char and to get that, when things cook quickly, you really need to turn up the heat.  Hence, the chimney. 

One note:  It is a good idea to use metal skewers for this dish, especially if using the charcoal chimney method.  Bamboo skewers really tend to burn pretty quickly at that level of heat and they will fall apart, especially if you forget to soak them in water (like a certian chef did).  Enjoy!

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