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Tips and Recipe for Making Shish Kabobs

Shish Kabob Tips and Recipe

For my holidays I usually like to keep things simple like always having hot dogs, hamburgers, baked beans, corn on the cob and potato salad for the Fourth of July but even I every once in a while like to “eat out of the box” and try something different. How about some kabobs for a change this year?

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We all know about them but I don’t think a lot of us make kabobs that often. We really should. Shish Kabobs are so quick and easy and you can have most of the ingredients prepared the day before.

You can barbecue the recipe below on the grill but you don’t have to barbecue all kabobs. If you have a couple of pieces of meat like chicken, hot dogs or steak left from grilling, make them into “cold kabobs” the next day. Layer your already cooked meat with fresh veggies or fruit. These would be great to wrap and take on a picnic in place of a sandwich.

Use chunks of melon, strawberries, pineapple (you can use canned) and, if it will be served right away, apples or bananas. For veggies use small onions, green and red peppers, cherry tomatoes, cucumbers, broccoli or cauliflower. Also if you will be serving it immediately, you could add cubes of cheese. The possibilities are endless.

For something fun and different, have a kabob bar and let everyone make up their own shish kabobs.

Use 2 skewers, holding them about half an inch apart to thread your items on the skewers. This will help to keep the ingredients from turning around on the skewers.

If you’ll be barbecueing them, soak the skewers for 30 minutes in water.

When cooking the shish kabobs, keep all the pieces of everything cut as close to the same size as you can.

Prepare as much as you can the day before. This will make your life easier the next day.


Barbecue Chicken Kabobs

1 lb boneless, skinless chicken breasts, cut into 1 1/2 inch chunks
2 cups pineapple, chunks
1 green pepper, 1 1/2 inch chunks
1 red pepper, 1 1/2 inch chunks

Place all of these on the skewers.

Brush with equal parts barbecue sauce and concentrated orange juice that have been mixed.

Cook on medium high grill until chicken is done about 8-10 minutes. Brush occasionally with sauce.

Makes 4.

-Jill

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