I think kabobs (or skewers as some like to call them) are one of the most creative and versatile options when entertaining during the summer months. You can create new combinations virtually every time, and over the years, I have come up with a few favorites:
Shrimp, Zucchini and Cherry Tomatoes
Skewer together half moon slices of zucchini, full cherry tomatoes and raw shrimp. Sprinkle with salt & pepper and squeeze a fresh lemon over them for a little added zest. Cook on the grill for about 7-8 minutes (rotating ever so often).
Chicken, Pineapple and Red Pepper
Skewer together cubes of un-cooked chicken, 1 inch square pieces of pineapple and red peppers. Sprinkle with salt & pepper. Cook on the gril for about 9-10 minutes (rotating ever so often).
Teriyaki Beef, Green Beans and Fingerling Potatoes
Marinate your cubes of beef in a Teriyaki sauce for at least 2 hours, up to overnight. Skewer together your beef cubes, green beans (cut in 1.5-2 inch lengths), and small fingerling potatoes (if the potatoes are too big, just cut them in half). Cook on the grill for 8-9 minutes (rotating ever so often).
Tip: Soak your wooden skewers in water prior to assembling. If you have any leftover, unused skewers, wrap them in tinfoil and freeze them for your next bbq!
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