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Kick-off Summer With a Festive Cook-out | Mixed Grill Skewers

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Skewers are a nice and easy grilling treat. You can mix vegetables and meat, or seafood, or you can have the meat and vegetables on separate skewers. There are an infinite variety of combinations and options for flavor with skewers. Here are a few ideas for marinades and options for your skewers.

Marinated Beef Skewers Recipe

You will need:
- Beef, cut into 1 inch cubes, about 1/4 to 1/2 lb per person
- 1/2 cup olive oil
- 1/3 cup soy sauce
- 1/4 cup red wine vinegar
- 2 tbsp lemon juice
- 1 tbsp Worcestershire sauce
- 1 tsp dry mustard
- 1 clove of garlic, minced
- 1/4 tsp ground black pepper

Cut the beef into 1 inch cubes. Next mix the the remaining ingredients to make the marinade. Place the beef and the marinade in a gallon sized ziploc™ bag. This will help make sure each piece of meat gets covered in marinade. Allow the beef to soak in the marinade for about 20 to 30 minutes.

After the beef is done marinating push the cubes of beef onto skewers. Heat the grill to high heat and cook the beef on the grill until it reaches the desired amount of doneness. Serve hot with skewered or grilled vegetables.

Tofu Skewers with Lemon and Black Pepper Recipe

You will need:
- 2 packages firm tofu
- 2 tbsp soy sauce
- 1 tbsp toasted sesame oil
- 1 tsp ground pepper

Start by cutting the tofu into 1-2 inch cubes. Next you will need to press the tofu to remove the excess moisture, which makes it easier to cook. To press, line a baking sheet with paper towels, then place the tofu on top of the paper towels and cover with another layer of paper towels. Put another baking sheet on top of the tofu and weight it down with a large plate and heavy objects on top. Allow the tofu to be pressed for 15 to 20 minutes.

As the tofu is pressing mix the soy sauce, toasted sesame oil and ground pepper. When the tofu is done pressing marinate the tofu in the soy sauce for about 5 minutes. While the tofu is marinating prep the grill and skewers. You want the grill to be fairly hot so you can get some nice grill marks. When the tofu is done marinating put the cubes onto skewers, then place them on the grill. Cook for about 2 minutes on each side. Watch carefully to make sure the skewers don't burn. As you turn the skewers you will want to baste with the remaining marinade. Serve hot with skewered or grilled vegetables.

Curry Marinated Chicken Thigh Skewers Recipe

You will need:
- 1-2 chicken thighs per person, boneless, skinless, cut into 1 inch cubes
- 1/2 cup olive oil
- 4 to 6 cloves of garlic, minced
- 1/8 to 1/4 cup fresh cilantro, minced
- 1 to 2 tsp curry powder, depending on desired level of spiciness
- 1 tsp salt
- 1 tsp ground black pepper

Chicken thighs will remain more moist during the cooking process than breast. If you don't want to remove the skin and bone yourself it is best to purchase boneless, skinless chicken thighs.  Cut each chicken thigh into 1 inch cubes. Each chicken thigh will make approximately one skewer.

When the chicken thighs are prepped, gather all of the remaining ingredients and whisk together. Put the chicken cubes and marinade in a gallon size ziploc to mix thoroughly. Allow to marinate for approximately 20 - 30 minutes in order to allow the flavors to mix well. When the chicken is finished marinating place on skewers and grill over high heat, approximately 2 minutes on each side. Check for doneness and serve hot with frilled vegetables.

Skewered Seasonal Vegetables Recipe

Choose a wide selection of fresh in-season vegetables. My personal favorites include eggplant, summer squash, onions, and bell peppers. Other good options include zucchini, tomatoes and more. Rinse all vegetables off thoroughly. Chop all vegetables into 1 inch pieces. You can slide onto skewers or if you prefer toss into a grilling basket. Lightly coat the vegetables in olive oil and grill until vegetables are done through and slightly browned.

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