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Steak and onion BBQ skewers with smoked garlic and rosemary marinade, and veg and halloumi BBQ skewers with a spicy chilli marinade, served on a bed of green pesto quinoa
Next up for my summer recipe collection is barbecued skewers with meat and veggie versions to please one and all!! For more summer recipe ideas have a look at my Stuffed peppers with couscous in cheese sauce, mint ice cream lollies, and some delightfully pink homemade Beetroot Hummus.
I love the smell of just-lit smoky coals on a barbecue, on a warm sunny day. I’m pretty sure for most people this will be the same – it sparks the memories of many a summer past with good food, refreshing drinks, relaxing times and plenty of laughs with friends and family. It usually means long days and sleeveless t-shirts and everyone finally getting chance to spend some good quality time in the garden – a rare occurrence in good old England.
Having a couple of go-to BBQ recipes handy can make it a whole lot easier when thinking about an alfresco get-together. Now I know that I haven’t yet managed to get around to a good burger recipe. However, burgers at a barbecue are just so expected. So, before even thinking about all the amazing burger creations that could go on a barbecue (And I promise I will at some point) I want to talk about BBQ skewers.
Meat or veggie, cheese or onion, garlic or chilli, you can mix and match with skewers to your hearts content. Usually I either make mine all the same, or depending on whose dining and what leftovers I have in the fridge, I make a whole range with different meats and vegetables. But I think my favourite option is to leave out the sticks and cubed ingredients, then let my guests make their own!! You cant get better than that – saves time and everyone has fun and gets what they want.
The recipes below are for two of my favourite BBQ skewers: Steak & red onion, and Mediterranean veg with Halloumi. Very Lazy kindly send me some of their pastes and chopped ingredients to go with these skewers, which meant that adding a tasty marinade was super quick and easy.
For a chicken skewer option take a look at my chicken satay skewers.
Steak and Onion BBQ skewers with smoked garlic and rosemary marinade
Very Lazy’s jarred smoked chopped garlic is probably my favourite out of their range – it has such a wonderful flavour and it can go with or in just about anything. To make the marinade for the steak and onion skewers I mixed 1 teaspoon of the smoked chopped garlic with a teaspoon of olive oil, 1/2 teaspoon of dried rosemary, and a pinch of sea salt. Then drizzled over the skewers before cooking.
Mediterranean veg and halloumi skewers with spicy chilli marinade
I love a bit of a spicy kick with my veg and halloumi skewers and the Very Lazy Chilli paste made this so easy to achieve. To make this marinade I just mixed together 2 tablespoons of the chilli paste with 1 tablespoon of olive oil and then poured evenly over the veg skewers before cooking.
No plans for a barbecue?? These skewers cook just as well in the oven!!
If you are serving the skewers as a main meal you may want a side to go with it – the recipes below include a pesto quinoa, which is a lovely summery accompaniment to both the steak and veg skewers.
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