Wednesday, May 29, 2013

things we love: grill baskets!

Have you ever used a grill basket? Someone gave us this one as a gift a while back, and we finally used it this past weekend. It was amazing!

The Husband has a tasty and incredibly easy kebab recipe (recipe after the jump), but we don't make it as often as we should since skewering everything takes some time and I don't like touching raw meat. Yes, I am a princess. The Husband reminds me of this every day. So we decided to bust out the grill basket and see what happens.

We love the basket because all we have to do was dump all the veggies and meat into the basket, stick on the grill, and let it cook. The basket has a very long handle so The Husband didn't get burned. It was also much easier to turn the basket and get everything flipped at once instead of turning each skewer and hoping you don't lose a mushroom in the process. That being said, we still lost some stuff. Next time, we will use it for cooking larger items, like corn or fish.

Check out The Husband's super lazy kebab recipe after the jump.

Lazy Teriyaki Kebabs
(serves: a ton of people)
(in case it's not obvious, this is not a formal recipe. just put a bunch of crap on a stick and grill it.)

2 white onions
1 red onion
1-2 packages of whole mushrooms (I am a mushroom fiend, so we use a lot)
2-3 bell peppers in any color you want
1/4 pineapple
1 flank steak
Wooden skewers, soaked in water for at least a half hour OR a grill basket
Terikayi sauce of your choice (we love Trader Joe's Soyaki)

1. Chop the onions in 1/8 wedges, trying to keep the layers together as much as possible.
2. Slice the bell peppers lengthwise, remove all the seeds, and slice into large (1 - 1 1/2 inch) squares.
3. Slice the pineapple into pineapple into cubes that can easily slide onto the skewers.
4. Keep the mushrooms whole.
5. Cut the steak into cubes or strips of a similar size of the pineapple pieces.
6. Marinate the steak separately from the other vegetables in the teriyaki sauce. Put aside to marinate for at least 45 minutes.
7. Combine all the veggies and fruit in a bowl, dump a bunch of teriyaki sauce on it, and stir to combine. Cover and marinate for at least 30 minutes.
8. Fire up your gas or charcoal grill. You are trying to cook over an evenly heated fire at medium/high heat (not super hot like you would do for a steak).
9. If using skewers: remove skewers from water and put the veggies and meat on the sticks as desired.
10. If using a grill basket: dump all the veggies and meat into the basket and spread evenly (we had to do three rounds with the basket).
11. Place food on the grill and allow to cook for about 5-8 minutes each side covered, until meat is cooked through and vegetables are tender.
12. Enjoy!

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