For as long as there's been fire, meat and pointy sticks, the human race has had a thing for kabobs. You'll find them in virtually every cuisine, from Thai satay to French brochettes–cubes or slices of meat, poultry, seafood or vegetables, threaded on skewers and sizzled over a hot fire.
Whether you're making dinner on a weeknight or entertaining friends, kabobs have a lot going for them. Sure, threading the skewers takes a little extra time, but that step can be done in advance (get the kids to help!), and once they're prepped, kabobs cook quickly on the grill or in the broiler. Skewer cooking involves minimal cleanup, and it can be economical, too, because you can “stretch” kabobs with vegetables and use less tender cuts of meat, such as beef top round, marinated overnight to tenderize. Best of all, they're something fun and different to bring to the table.
No matter what you're “kabobbing,” Kikkoman Teriyaki Marinade & Sauce and Kikkoman Quick & Easy Marinades save time and steps, while adding deep, penetrating flavor.
So stick with a winning combo, kabobs and Kikkoman—and check out these handy cooking tips and techniques.
Kabob Tips (and Other Sharp Ideas)
|Soak wooden skewers in water for 30 minutes before grilling to minimize burning.|
|Cut ingredients into uniform pieces and thread foods with similar cooking times on the same skewer for even cooking.|
|Leave at least 1/4 inch of space between food pieces on each skewer so heat can circulate evenly.|
|Add the ultimate flavor boost to kabobs by brushing on any variety of Kikkoman Teriyaki Baste & Glaze during the last 10 minutes of cooking.|
|Skewer chunks of fresh peaches, pineapple and strawberries and grill for a satisfying summertime dessert. Serve with sliced pound cake and a scoop of vanilla ice cream.|
|A to Z Kabobs: Celebrate summer with these sensational skewers. Marinate tender cubes of steak and zucchini in Kikkoman Teriyaki Marinade & Sauce, white wine, oregano and garlic. Thread on skewers, alternating with crisp, delicious apples, and then grill for a combination that spells “sensational.”|
|Seaside Prawns & Pineapple Kabobs: Put on your lei and say aloha! These kabobs will have you and friends believing you've escaped to a tropical paradise. Marinate prawns in your favorite Kikkoman Quick & Easy Marinade spiked with a splash of pineapple juice. Then skewer prawns, pineapple chunks and red bell peppers, and grill for a sweet-savory taste of the tropics.|