Summer Skewers are a bright, colourful and tasty way to jazz up those Summer evening meals or if we are lucky enough to get a dry day, they’re a great addition to any garden party. You can use an assortment of ingredients to put together your creations as almost any meat or vegetable can be used. There is a bit of time needed for the preparation of these guys but they are worth it, the end result looks and tastes great proving their popularity.
I played around with what I had in the vegetable drawer to put together my Summer Skewers and you will see below what produce I used but I will also list what other ingredients you can use as inspiration for your own kebabs. The list could be as endless as you want so I will just highlight what I believe are the best.
If you’re using wooden skewers, always remember to soak your skewer sticks for a few hours before you grill them as the wood will catch fire on the grill otherwise and nobody wants that! You might have some metal ones lying around from a barbeque set or something so see what you have in stock before you pick up a pack of the wooden ones. I personally prefer the metal skewers but these can be harder to come by and the wooden ones are much cheaper to buy in bulk.
There’s not much of a recipe to Summer Skewers. All you need to do really is chop and season your ingredients, add them to your skewer stick and pop them on the grill. These guys cook best on the BBQ but because we cannot guarantee BBQ weather here in Ireland, I usually do mine under the regular grill. Skewers don’t take very long to cook so make sure to keep any eye them so that they don’t burn, the last thing you want is charred veg!
As I said, these are a great summer evening meal and will refrigerate well for a couple of days after so why not see what you have in the fridge and put some together this evening, let me know how get on. Enjoy Guys!!
Spicy Chicken and Pineapple
Dice up a chicken fillet and some pineapple and grab a few slices of red onion. Cover your ingredients with some olive oil and add some garlic powder and smoked paprika. Add a chunk of pineapple then some chicken and a slice of red onion to your skewer and repeat until all the ingredients have been used up. Pop on the grill and ensure to turn frequently until the chicken has been cooked through.
Chili and Lime Haloumi
This is one of my favourite kebabs, it is seriously tasty and a great vegetarian option. Haloumi is high in protein so you will be left feeling nice and full after a couple of these guys. Top and tail a zucchini and slice into thick chunks. Dice up some haloumi and add both ingredients to a bowl of lime juice, olive oil and chili flakes and toss until the haloumi and zucchini are covered evenly. Pop on the grill and turn every couple of minutes until the kebabs are cooked through.
This is pretty much just mixed vegetables but it is so colourful and can look really great if you’re hosting. You can do it in order of the rainbow colours or mix it up, both look fab! For the full rainbow, you can use the following in this order; Yellow Pepper, Orange Pepper, Red Pepper, Cherry Tomato, Red Onion, Beetroot, Green Pepper, Zucchini For the purpose of this post, I just used red, orange and purple as I was using lots of yellow and green in my other combos but they still look great.
Other great combos that I didn’t get to try but will defo be creating in the future are;
Salmon and Lemon
Beef and Cherry Tomato
Caprese Salad (Cherry Tomato, Mozerella, Basil Leaf)
Lamb and Cucumber
Mixed Fresh Fruit
Cooking these was a lot of fun and eating them was even better. I hope you have just as much fun as me!