SHISH KEBOBS

Shish Kebobs…that’s a strange name for a food, isn’t it? I have no idea what “Shish” means, but Kebob is Turkish for grilled meats. Any type of meat can be put on a skewer and grilled. Add some veggies and fruits and you have a perfect meal.

I had a pork tenderloin that I was cooking for dinner for the beloved and I. As is usually the case around here, we ended up with 2 daughters. a son-in-law, and a grandson eating with us. Time to improvise and make the dinner stretch a little farther. It has been a while since we’ve had shish-kebobs and the sun was finally shining after many days of rain. This seemed to be a perfect choice.

INGREDIENTS
Pork tenderloin, 1.5-2 pounds
1/2 cup soy sauce
2 tablespoons lemon juice
1 large clove garlic, minced
1 tablespoon honey
1 tablespoon olive oil
onion, chopped into large chunks
pineapple, cubed
mushrooms

I’m posting this recipe for one small tenderloin which is perfect for 2 people (and what I was originally planning for), but I will admit, I doubled the recipe using 2 tenderloins because of the unexpected, but very welcomed guests. Empty-nesting hasn’t been as bad as I thought it would be. (*insert smiley face*)

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Cut the tenderloin into large pieces, probably 2 inches each. Mix the soy sauce, lemon juice, garlic, honey, and olive oil into a bowl and add the pork. Toss well and marinate for at least 3 hours. The longer you marinate it, the more the flavors will soak into the meat.

Alternate the meat, onions, mushrooms, and fruit onto skewers. If you are using wooden skewers, remember to soak them in water for about 30 minutes before you use them. This will prevent them from burning on the grill. There are many vegetables and fruits that could be used. We used chunks of nectarines on some, but I was disappointed because they disintegrated on the grill so I didn’t add those to the recipe. Zucchini or squash would be great to add. Use your imagination!

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At this point, our son-in-law took over the cooking. He is the grill master! I handed him the platter of kebobs and he returned about 20-25 minutes later with perfectly cooked kebobs! They were SO delicious!! I can tell you he cooked them over medium-high heat on a gas grill…does that help?
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I’m always looking for grill and smoker recipes. Please share your favorites!

 

 

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