Krazy For Kabobs
Celebrate Labor Day with Labor-free Grilling
It's ironic that a summer holiday
like Labor Day often means more labor for the family cook. This year, a meal of
easy-to-make kabobs will leave time to relax and join in the celebration.
Indonesian satay to Italian spiedini, kabobs have exploded in popularity.
Why? Maybe it's because the combination of flavorful spices and grilling appeal
to our new way of eating. Maybe it's because a kabob is bite-size and fun to eat.
Or maybe we all just like eating off a stick!
your kabob cookout, treat your family to a change of pace with great-tasting pork
tenderloin. Pork tenderloin is one of the leanest pork cuts available and is easy
to cut into cubes.
"Pork tenderloin is a great choice for a kabob party because
it is so tender and versatile," says Ceci Snyder, M.S., R.D., Director of
Nutrition Communications for the Pork Information Bureau for the National Pork
Board. "It's easy to cut into bite-size cubes or strips and works well with
a variety of flavors. I like to skewer the kabobs beforehand and let my guests
choose from a variety of marinades and sauces."
Because of its versatility, the pork tenderloin kabob is
the backyard version of "one-pot" cooking. For example, cubes of pork,
chunks of corn on the cob and new potatoes can all be skewered and grilled. "Kabobs
are simple to grill because the food is secured on a skewer and won't fall through
the cooking grate," says Snyder. "You can use almost anything in the
kitchen, mixing and matching flavors to design kabobs with alternating colors
and types of food."
suggests the following combinations of ingredients to spice up the grill this Labor Day:
Create Italian Spiedini skewers with pork tenderloin marinated in olive oil, lemon juice
and herbs. Red bell pepper and onion kabobs are the perfect foil for the pork.
on Italian bread.
- Indonesian satay is a skewer of high repute. Thread strips of pork tenderloin
on bamboo skewers, marinate in peanut sauce and grill quickly. Rice and a cucumber
and yogurt salad complement.
American - The Argentine version of pesto is called chimichurri,
which combines flat-leaf parsley, olive oil, garlic and red pepper flakes. Marinate
cubed pork tenderloin in chimichurri for an hour or two before cooking, then skewer
and grill. Vegetable skewers of precooked sweet potato and poblano pepper chunks
complete the menu with black beans and rice.
- Grill pork kabobs marinated in Chinese-style barbecue sauce alongside kabobs
of pineapple, green peppers and scallions; serve with Asian noodles for a Pacific
Easy kabob grilling tips - To make kabobs easier to grill and eat, try the following steps:
bamboo skewers, soak in water for 30 minutes to prevent charring on the grill.
tenderloin into 3/4-to 1-inch cubes for even cooking.
Cook over direct, medium-hot fire. Watch closely and turn frequently to prevent
Meat kabobs may take less time to cook than vegetable and fruit kabobs. Plan cooking
times accordingly. Keep cooked kabobs warm on the grill rack opposite the fire.