Food/Topic of the Week: Kabobs, Skewers, Brochettes, Shish Kebabs
Let's face it...Food on Sticks is Fun! Kids love food that is entertaining and, as long as they don't sword fight or poke each other, skewered food is a fabulous addition to the Tapa Tuesday table.
A kabob is made by skewering pieces of meat and or vegetables and then pan frying or grilling them. Kabobs are also sometimes called brochettes, in a reference to the French word for “skewer" and they are often offered as hot or cold appetizers. In Turkish, kebab means “roasted meat,” and when meat is roasted on a skewer or shish, it is known as shish kebab. Whatever you call them, they are good.
The base of a traditional kabob is meat marinated in salt, pepper, garlic, oil, and other spices, but they can be all veggie as well. Sometimes we even like to add pineapple. The fun of the kabob is that anything goes and my kids love that they get to put their own together. We lay out all the food choices and they dive in. It is important to cut all of the items about the same size so they cook evenly. Also if you are working with raw meat, make sure the kiddies wash their hands after.
Tomatoes (esp Cherry Tomatoes)
All fruit served cold with sweet yogurt dipping sauce
Bananas cooked in butter and sprinkled with cinnamon
The choices are endless!!!
A good Tzatziki sauce is great to addition to meat and veggie kabobs.
2 cups plain yogurt
1/2 cucumber, chopped
1 garlic clove
1 tablespoon lemon juice
salt and pepper to taste
Place all of the ingredients in a blender or food processor and blend until smooth. Tastes best when refridgerated for a bit before serving. Enjoy!