Make Ahead Kebabs

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Kebabs are a great way to pull off a delicious summer meal without spending hours in the kitchen. They require a little bit of advance prep work, but the results are amazing. Here are some tips and inspiration for making a great shish kebab this summer.

Kebabs are typically made from meat and vegetables which are skewered on a wooden stick, then tossed in a marinade and placed in the refrigerator until they are ready for grilling. If you want to make sure that your kebabs stay moist and delicious, you should marinate them in a wet sauce.

You should always start by soaking your wooden skewers in water, so that they don't burn when you're grilling them later. Metal skewers are also a great option. Then, you can cut the meat of your choice into evenly-sized cubes or chunks. Almost any meat will grill nicely, but make sure that you trim off most of the fat so that you don't end up with an oily, smoky mess on the grill. Many people prefer chicken for a kebab, but you can use beef, pork, lamb, or turkey if you want. Then, slice your vegetables into evenly sized pieces. You can choose from bell peppers, onions, eggplant, cherry tomatoes, mushrooms and zucchini. Pineapple pairs well with chicken and pork if you want a sweeter kebab. Consider also making "dessert" kebabs with peaches, pineapple, pears or other firm fruit.

After this, you're ready to skewer and marinate the kebab. Start by putting a piece of meat on the skewer. This will hold all of the vegetables and other pieces of meat in place and will make it less likely for the vegetables to fall apart. Add a slice of vegetable, then a piece of meat. Continue until the skewer has at least an inch left at each end. It's easy to make separate kebabs for the vegetarians and to get a better balance of veggies in your dinner.

There are lots of different pre-made marinades available, but it's easy to make your own. Make a mixture of two parts soy sauce to one part teriyaki sauce, and add a couple tablespoons of vegetable oil, as well as a pinch of garlic powder, salt, and pepper. Place the skewers in a pan and pour the marinade over them. Cover them and let the skewers chill in the refrigerator for at least an hour. You can also marinate just the meat in a zip bag the night before, and make up the skewers when you're ready to cook them. Cook the skewers on a pre-oiled hot grill for at least three minutes per side.

A meat and vegetable kebab is a tasty, healthy, and easy meal. By preparing them in advance, you'll save yourself time and effort so that you can focus on enjoying your meal.


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