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Jun 17 / sara

Grilled Shish Kebabs 3 Ways

Shish Kebab Set-Up

Shish kebabs are like a full meal on a stick.  And since all the prep is done ahead of time, they’re perfect for big parties. Just throw them on the grill for 10 minutes, serve them with a potato salad, and your meal is done. Time to enjoy the guests.

Below are a few recipes for a party of 8, complete with combination ideas and a few extra pointers for grilling success. Keep in mind, too, that kebabs are a great thing to bring to a neighborhood cookout. Just pack them up separately in ziptop bags, and grill when you get there.

 

Grilled Shish Kebabs

Grilled Shish Kebabs
Hands-on time: 25 minutes
Total time: 40 minutes
Serves 8

Lemon-Thyme Chicken with Peppers and Mushrooms
1 1/2 pounds boneless, skinless chicken breasts, cut into 1-inch pieces
1 red bell pepper, cut into 1-inch pieces
1 yellow bell pepper, cut into 1-inch pieces
16 small button mushrooms
4 cloves garlic, chopped
2 tablespoons fresh thyme leaves
2 tablespoons olive oil
kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
8 10-inch skewers

Alternating, thread each skewer with 2 pieces of chicken, 4 pieces of peppers, and 2 mushrooms. Place them on a pan and toss with the garlic, thyme, and oil. Season with salt and pepper. Grill over medium-high heat, turning, until cooked through, 10 to 12 minutes.

BBQ Beef with Jalapeños and Red Onion
1 pound top sirloin, cut into 1-inch pieces
2 small red onions, each cut into 8 wedges
4 jalapeños, quartered lengthwise and seeded
kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
1/4 cup low-sodium soy sauce
1/4 cup ketchup
8 10-inch skewers

Alternating, thread each skewer with 2 pieces of beef, 2 onion wedges, and 2 pieces of jalapeño. Place them on a pan and season with salt and pepper. In a small bowl, combine the soy sauce and ketchup. Pour over the kebabs and toss to coat. Grill over medium-high heat, turning, until medium-rare, 10 to 12 minutes.

Spiced Shrimp with Tomatoes and Lemon
1 pound shrimp (16 large)
1 lemon, cut into 8 wedges
1 pint cherry tomatoes
2 tablespoons olive oil
2 teaspoons chili powder
kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
8 10-inch skewers

Alternating, thread each skewer with 2 shrimp, 1 lemon wedge, and 3 or 4 tomatoes. Place them on a pan and toss with oil and season with the chili powder, salt, and pepper. Grill over medium-high heat, turning, until cooked through, about 6 minutes.

Pointers:
soak skewers in water for at least 10 minutes to help prevent burning
cut ingredients into uniform pieces to ensure even cooking
combine ingredients that cook in the same amount of time, ie. tomatoes and shrimp,
beef and onions
marinate if you have time

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