kebabs are perfect choice for guests or family meals. The versatile beauty of
shish kebabs allows you to use any combination of meats, seafood, fruits, and/or
vegetables to please any palate. Kebabs can be prepared in advance, making it a
perfect crowd-pleaser while keeping you out of the kitchen so you can enjoy your
kebab comes from Turkish words literally meaning "skewer" and
"roast meat," and a signature Turkish meal. Kebabs were a natural
solution for nomadic tribes. Unusual meats were marinated not only to tenderize,
but also to get rid of some of the gamey flavor. Today, shish kebabs have
expanded into most cultures in some form or another. Oriental cultures have
satay, roasted skewered meats served with a dipping sauce usually made with
peanuts. Japan has yakitori, which is grilled skewered fowl. In France, they are
called brochettes, meaning, "skewer."
A few tips when making
bamboo skewers are inexpensive and easy to find, but they must be soaked at
least 30 minutes in water (preferably warm to the touch) prior to use. This
keeps them from easily catching fire. If you get into the shish kebab habit,
then you may wish to invest in stainless steel reusable skewers.
Wash meats and seafood thoroughly and pat dry before skewering and adding to
marinade. Be sure to marinate in the refrigerator to avoid food-borne
should be cut in uniformly sized 1 to 2 -inch cubes for quick and even
meats can be cooked at a higher temperature. Lean meats will need a longer
time at a lower heat.
fish (salmon, tuna, mahi-mahi, swordfish, shark, etc.) and shellfish are
best for kebabs.
vegetables such as bell peppers, zucchini, carrots and other dense foods
before skewing if you like them fully-cooked in the end product. Baby
potatoes can be scrubbed and par-boiled in skins or use canned whole
using marinade, a large heavy-duty plastic zip or cooking bag works great
for prepared skewers. Be sure to get most of the air out before sealing so
the contents are covered with marinade, and turn the bag often while
marinating. Marinade is not necessary. You can also just season with your
favorite herbs and spices. If using marinade, be sure to marinate at least
30 minutes before cooking. Overnight is even better if you have time to
prepare ahead. Discard marinade. Do not re-use it. Prepare a separate batch
if you need a dipping sauce.
can be grilled, broiled or baked. If you don't have a barbecue, you might
want to look into an electric tabletop indoor barbecue.