Meat, Cheese, and Veggie Skewers

This past weekend was the official start of autumn and it certainly does feels like it! I know many of you are looking forward to some cool weather and awesome fall foliage while others just want to have one last warm weekend to soak up the sun. That coupled with an exciting football season well on its way inspired me to post this easy recipe that can make the transition from summer to autumn.

If you like “meat on stick” these skewers will satisfy that craving and you don’t have to go to a food truck to buy them! These skewers are so simple to make right in your own home, you get to control the ingredients AND they can be put together in less than 20 minutes!

I am posting my version which of course has a slight Indian influence, however since the ingredients and spices can be changed based on personal preference feel free to mix it up however works best for you!

Before beginning here are a few helpful tips to ensure you get the best flavor out of these skewers:

• If you are using bamboo skewers make sure to soak them in water for at least 20 minutes as this will stop them from burning.
• If you have the time, marinate your meat as this will give it ample time to soak up the flavors.
• If you do not have access to a grill, don’t fret as these can be made on the stovetop using either a grill pan or a cast iron pan. That’s how I made mine and they came out great!

Coating and Marinade Ingredients
Juice of 1 lime
Vinegar 1 – 2 teaspoons depending on the amount of meat and veggies
Mustard ½ teaspoon
Garlic powder – 1 – 2 teaspoons
Curry powder 1-2 teaspoons depending on taste
Lemon Pepper seasoning 1 teaspoon
Red Chili Flakes ½ – 1 teaspoon depending on spice preference
Optional: Oregano if you are using chicken or beef this adds an extra layer of flavor
Optional: Dill Flakes if you use any fish this enhances the flavor

I made two different kinds and marinated both sets in separate bowls before skewering and cooking.
Skewer 1: Chicken, Red Bell Pepper, Paneer Cheese, and Onion
Skewer 2: Tilapia, Red Bell Pepper, and Paneer Cheese (these were for me since I’m not a huge onion fan)

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After marinating just thread all of the ingredients onto your skewers and cook them either on a very hot cast iron skillet, a very hot grill pan or on your outdoor grill.

20130926-114438.jpg Hope you enjoy these as much as I did! They make a great addition to your football weekend parties.

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