I love kebabs! They are simple and can be cooked on the grill. Usually, the trick is making simplicity taste like it was complicated. This America’s Test Kitchen recipe for the sour cream-chive sauce is fresh and taste like summer. This recipe calls for the meat TO MARINATE FOR AT LEAST 2 HOURS OR UP TO 24 HOURS. My recommendation is to prep the meat, placing it in the marinade before you start your work day. After the 8-9 hour workday, the meat will be perfect.
Tricks I learned while cooking this dinner:
FOR THE STEAK TIPS
FOR POTATOES AND SAUCE
FOR THE STEAK TIPS:
Whisk soy sauce, oil, sugar, garlic, tomato paste, paprika, pepper and cayenne together in a bowl until sugar dissolves, transfer to a zip lock bag. ***Remember, place the zip lock bag in a glass measuring device to hold it in place while pouring meat and marinade in it. Pat steak tips dry with paper towels and prick on all sides with a fork. Add to bag with soy sauce mixture and toss to coat; press out as much air as possible and seal bag. Refrigerate for at least 2 hours, up to 24 hours, flipping occasionally. (I did not flip mine).
FOR THE POTATOES:
Combine sour cream, mayonnaise, chives, lemon juice and water in a small bowl and season with salt and pepper to taste. Cover and refrigerate until ready to serve. Toss potatoes with oil and season with salt and pepper. Place, cut side down, on plate and microwave until potatoes soften but still hold their shape, 5-7 minutes, flipping them halfway through cooking. Let cool for 5 minutes. Prep your skewers.
FOR THE SKEWERS:
I used a large baking sheet and cover with aluminum foil. I lay the skewers (I used a total of 6 for this recipe) on the foil lined baking sheet. Using my olive oil atomizer, I spray each skewer on both sides. My metal skewers are flat. Then lay skewers in pan while getting ready to place food on them.
POTATOES, place on skewers, CUT SIDE DOWN, in a row on two skewers.
MEAT, slide each piece of meat onto two skewers.
I rough cut a RED BELL PEPPER and A GREEN BELL PEPPER for a vegetable side dish, sliding each 2″ x 2″ piece of pepper onto skewers.
Make sure only one type of food is on one skewer as each of these require slightly different cook times.
FOR THE GRILL:
Clean and oil cooking grate. (Article later this week on JoAnn’s Food Bites on cleaning your grill grates)
Place potatoes, turning as needed, until tender and browned on both sides, about 5 minutes.
Cook beef until charred on both sides and it registers 130º for medium, 8 minutes.
Transfer potatoes and beef to a serving platter, tent loosely with aluminum foil and let rest for 5-10 minutes.
Slide potatoes off skewers, drizzle sauce over potatoes and serve.
Recipe appears in one of my favorite cookbooks: Cooking for Two 2012 (America’s Test Kitchen)