8/29/14

Tailgaiting Kickoff: Sweet and Spicy Steak Kabobs

Are you ready for some football?!  I am!  I'm so excited to watch the game, to hear the marching bands play, to usher in the cooler weather, and of course, the tailgaiting and fun parties that often go with football!  I'm also really excited for the new tailgaiting promotion in our stores that starts today: Game Night Bites!  Go check it out!
 

As I was deciding what to make this weekend, I was perusing our ad.  On the front page are the New York Strip Steaks - buy one get one free!  But I hesitated to use these for a few reasons.  For one thing, it's red meat.  But I wanted to show that you can, in moderation, fit this into a healthy diet.  After all, many people will chose to eat it, so why not show a great way to fit it into their meal.  Another thing, steak can be an item that may be cost prohibitive to serve at a party.  However, if we can stretch the meat to serve several people, it becomes something that can be served.  The solution?  Shish Kebabs! But not just any shish kebabs.  I wanted to kick it up a notch.  Enter a molasses chile marinade. And a bonus - the fresh cut pineapple and onions are also on sale!  Now we have a great dish that is sure to satify a crowd.  Here is how it came together:

First, I gathered my ingredients to make the marinade: rice vinegar, soy sauce, molasses, ginger, pepper, chopped garlic, chile powder, and brown sugar.
 
 
In a medium bowl, whisk the all of the above together; set aside.
 
 
Next, gather all of the ingredients to place on your skewars.  (Note: if you are using wood skewars, don't forget to place them in water and let them soak).  I also, used onions, but forgot to put them in the picture..guess I was so excited to get started!  
 
 
Cut up the meat and vegetables (and pineapple if you need to, but I saved time and the mess by buying some of our fresh cut pineapple). Place the fruit and vegetables in a bowl; set in the refridgerator.  Toss the meat in the marinade and let marinate in the refridgerator for 4-6 hours, covered: toss occasionally.  When you are ready to cook them, gather the meat, fruit, vegetables and skewars; begin building your kebabs.

 

 
 
Heat grill to medium-high heat and grill for 8-10 minutes or until done, rotating a few times during cooking time.  
 
 

 Remove and serve!



Steak Kebabs with Molasses Chile Marinade

Ingredients:
1/4 cup brown sugar
1/4 cup molasses
3 Tbsp soy sauce
2 Tbsp rice vinegar
5 cloves garlic, peeled and smashed
1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
1 Tbsp chili powder
1/4 tsp freshly ground black pepper
2 lbs steak, cut in 1 inchcubes
3 bell peppers, cut into 1 inch pieces
1 onion, cut into 1 inche pieces
1 24oz. container fresh cut pineapple or 1 whole pineapple, cubed
 
Directions:
1.    In a medium bowl whisk together brown sugar, molasses, soy sauce, rice vinegar, garlic, ginger, chili powder and freshly ground black pepper until the sugar is dissolved.
2.    Place steak cubes in the marinade and toss them around with your hands until well coated.
3.    Let marinate for 1-4 hours, covered, tossing occasionally.
4.    If using wooden skewers soak them in water for at least 30 minutes.
5.    After meat has marinated, slide alternating piences of meat, onion, bell pepper and pineapple onto skewars.
6.    Heat grill to medium-high heat and grill for 8-10 minutes, or until done, rotating while cooking.
7.    Serve and enjoy!
 
adapted from Cookin Canuk
 
 


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