June Photo Challenge: Day 13

FOOD.

I’ve been saving this subject for this special occasion.

Every summer, my dad and I celebrate the start of summer with our favorite dinner: Shish Ka-Bobs!

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It’s an all-around win because its simple, customizable, and they’re grilled outside so your house isn’t heat up even more by an oven. 😉

These can be thrown together super quick and will satisfy even the pickiest of eaters! Start by preparing your meats. We chose steak and chicken, cubed both and then evenly divided each into 4 bowls.

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Next, the marinade. For the beef, we used Worchester sauce and Montreal seasonings in one bowl and Heinz 57 in the other. One bowl of chicken was marinaded with Teriyaki sauce, and in the other we used olive oil with fresh chives and rosemary. Mmmmm!

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After your meats are set up to marinade, start heating up your grill or barbecue. Next, you can start chopping the vegetables. We used fresh summer produce like bell peppers, a Walla Walla sweet onion, potatoes, an Anaheim pepper, cherry tomatoes and mushrooms. Pineapple is also delicious! Chop the peppers and onion into large pieces to prevent breaking, then wash the potatoes, tomatoes and mushrooms which can be left whole.

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When you’ve got all the ingredients of your dreams, grab some skewers and load them up!

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Here are a few tips to make sure everything is delicious and cooked all the way through:

Put soft vegetables like tomatoes, peppers and onions toward either end of the skewer.

Meats and potatoes go in the center of the skewer, where they will cook more.

Get creative and don’t be afraid to mix flavors!

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Using a heat-retardant glove, place the Ka-Bobs on a grill: we used a propane grill set to 400*. Watch them closely, turning them every 5 minutes or so. Cook them to your preference – we like slightly crispy veggies and beef that’s still a teeny bit pink. When they look delicious, pull them from the grill and set the loaded skewers onto a plate to cool.

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When you can’t wait any longer, gently push everything off using a fork.

Wah-lah! A quick, simple and easy dinner served in an hour.

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