Skewers can be very simple to prepare, just like in the picture above, where the flavour is derived straight from the meat, with a hint of the fresh bay leaf in between. The caramelisation of the meat's protein through subjection to high heat will produce an intense meat flavour. This is a perfect treat for meat lovers. This technique applies to steaks as well. the purists will prefer their steak to be grilled without being pre-marinated, and without sauces...etc. Just a bit of black pepper, salt & a little olive oil rubbed on it, is the perfect way to prepare steak for grilling. Any sauces, in this case, will be served on the side.
For those who prefer an elaborate marinade for meats before cooking, there is no limit to the varieties of marinades that you can prepare. You can soak your meats and vegetables in the flavours that you fancy to create flavoured skewers. The main aim of marination is to infuse flavours, and in some cases tenderise the meat.
Just like with anything a little bit of creativity can go a long way. Instead of going for the traditional metal skewer, why not try something new and make your own skewers that can also add to the flavour infusions? Try herbs like, rosemary, lavender stalks, or lemon grass skewers.... here is how you can use lemon grass for instance.
BBQ Fish On Lemon Grass Skewers
|BBQ Fish on lemon grass skewers|
When you visit Bali, one of the main highlights of town are the night markets that come to life at dusk till late night. These are outdoor eateries that are famous around many of the Asian countries. They are a pure pleasure to experience! The smells, flavours, action are not to be missed at all. A trip to Bali is not complete without trying the night market. Amongst the many exotic flavours you are definately going to find these BBQ fish Koftas on Lemon Grass, which are to die for. The lemon grass skewers were a brilliant idea, as you don't have to worry about getting the skewers back, which is very handy when catering...etc
When I had these, I feel in love with them, and had to have the recipe. So Chef Kumang, kindly agreed to share this recipe with me, which I have asked to share with you, and here you go...
(the ratio is 100g fish per skewer)
6 lemon grass sticks, trimmed
600g skinned boneless fresh fish fillet
1 cup desiccated coconut, moistened with water or coconut milk
2 tbsp red curry paste
5 lime leaves, chiffonade
3 red chilies, finely chopped (you can use less or you can discard the seeds for a less spicy option)
Salt & ground black pepper to taste
In a food processor, place the fish fillets and process till totally minced.
In a large bowl, add all the other ingredients, and the minced fish. Mix well. take 100g fish and mould around the lemon grass skewers. BBQ over direct heat till done, and golden on all sides.
Lime Chicken Skewers
Chicken goes very well with the BBQ theme. You just have to have chicken on the menu. It is especially popular with the ladies and the weight watchers. This is an easy recipe that will be everyone's favourite. You can turn the heat up a bit with a finely chopped green chili, or you can keep it mild for the non-spicy lovers... This recipe works exceptionally well with Lemon grass skewers .
1/3 cup peanut oil
1 tbsp grated lime rind
1/4 cup lime juice
1 clove garlic, finely minced
1 bunch coriander, finely chopped