Is it me or does food on a stick just taste better? I really think that's why corn dogs have such appeal. Put that sucker on a bun and it's a whole different animal - and not nearly as tasty a one! I mean, think about it. Little chunks of meat and veggies that could be stew - add a skewer et voila! Shish kebab - how fun! Corn, ice cream, those deep fried twirly cut potatoes at local fairs, fondue (ok that might be a bit of a stretch but you know I'm right); all better on a stick. And think about what a stick and the freezer did for plain old pudding! Even comedian Jeff Dunham has a schtick on a stick. Yep, food on a stick is funnier, funner (aren't made up words great?) and just plain yummier! And what could make food on a stick even better? Grilling it! And dipping it! Put that all together and I get so excited I can hardly eat - or is it hardly wait to eat?!
I'm the kind of person who will grill year round. And I have. But there's something about grilling on a late spring (or early summer) evening that just makes everything right in the world. Firing up the grill as the sun slowly heads for the horizon, eating outside, tiki torches ablaze; realizing just as you finish your last bite of dinner that it's cooled off a bit and is a great night for toasting marshmallows and making s'mores. It's so much better than grilling surrounded by snow - although that has surreal attributes that make it almost as much fun. Almost.
It's been a beautiful few days. Temperatures hovering in the mid 70's, blue skies, high puffy cotton ball clouds; perfect grilling weather. So, I dug out the bamboo skewers and set about making some grilled food...on a steeeek.
These are great as an entree with some grilled veggies and a big salad. You can just as easily make them with thinly sliced pork, a sturdy fish or even tofu for a vegan treat! Just pick your favorite protein, marinate and grill for a quick, easy and delicious dinner! Or, try them as a fun appetizer at your next BBQ!
Beef and Chicken 5 Spice Satay
Marinade (Makes enough for 1 pound of meat)
2 tbsp lime juice
1 tbsp Chinese 5 spice seasoning blend
2 tbsp reduced sodium soy sauce
2 cloves garlic, finely chopped
2 tsp sugar
3-4 thin slices of ginger root (approximately 1 inch in diameter)
1 lb flank steak, cut into 1 oz strips
1 lb thin sliced chicken breast, cut into 1 oz strips
Beef - p
Chicken - p
Mix all marinade ingredients. Place meat strips in a zip lock bag, pour marinade over meat, squeeze as much air out of the bag as possible and seal. Allow meat to marinate for 2-3 hours.
Meanwhile, soak bamboo skewers in water for 20-30 minutes. Once meat is done marinating, skewer each piece by weaving a skewer in and out down the length of the meat.
Spicy Peanut Dipping Sauce
1/4 cup skim milk
1/4 cup reduced fat peanut butter
3 tsp reduced sodium soy sauce
1 clove garlic, minced
1 tsp ginger root, grated
2 tsp unseasoned rice wine vinegar
1 tsp lime juice
2 tsp Sriracha (more or less to taste)
Mix all ingredients with an immersion blender (or whisk) until fully combined.