It is time to take a skewer and pop the boring meal bubble by making kabobs — or kebabs, satays, whatever you call them. The point is that we’re dishing out ways for you to thread some of your favorite foods along a skewer before enjoying a delicious dish. But first, we need to tackle a matter of controversy surrounding wooden skewers. Many recipes will call for them in water for at least 30 minutes before grilling with them, but is this really necessary?
Opinion is divided. Almost every recipe will tell you that if you’re using wooden skewers, you definitely need to soak them; enter the multitude of people who say that they have never done this. In places like Global Post, master of the grill John Willoughby is cited as saying there is no need to do this. If you’re worried about the wood suddenly igniting into flame, it certainly can’t hurt to soak them. Alternatively, you could invest in reusable metal skewers. With that in mind and skewers in hand, it is time for you to figure out which of these seven recipes you’ll be trying out.
1. Tuscan Pork Skewers
Fresh and flavorful, Cooking Light‘s easy marinade of olive oil, lemon, salt, pepper, and garlic is the simple touch your pork needs before it is paired with peppers and grilled. Keep the Tuscan theme going by serving the skewers over a bed of pasta, or keep everything light with a salad.
- 4 teaspoons olive oil
- 1 tablespoon grated lemon rind
- ½ teaspoon salt
- ½ teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
- 2 garlic cloves, crushed
- 1 pound pork tenderloin, trimmed and cut into 1-inch cubes
- 16 (1-inch) pieces red bell pepper
- 16 (1-inch) pieces yellow bell pepper
- cooking spray
Directions: Prepare grill to medium-high heat. Combine olive oil, grated lemon rind, salt, pepper, and crushed garlic in a large bowl, stirring well. Add pork; marinate at room temperature 15 minutes, tossing occasionally. Thread pork and bell peppers alternately onto each of eight (8-inch) skewers. Place skewers on a grill rack coated with cooking spray; grill 10 minutes or until pork is done, turning occasionally.