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Wednesday, 1 August 2012

The Perfect Arabic Meat Skewers & Roasted Cherry Tomatoes - Win The Staub Grill Pan

This post is Sponsored by Tavola, the Middle East's exclusive retailers of high quality European fine Kitchen & Tableware brands.
As part of Dima's Kitchen Ramadan Special, Tavola are sponsoring 3 Giveaways for Dima's Kitchen Readers. For details on the giveaways and how to enter the draw, please follow this link.
This post is written to explain to you how to make best use of the Staub Grill Pan (giveaway sponsored by Tavola) & to give you a delicious recipe that showcases the perfect grilling property of this cast iron grill pan.
Click this link for this recipe in Arabic.

Staub Grill Pan with a fold-able Silicon handle
Confucius say   -  "Choose a job you love and you will never have to work a day of your life."

Just because it's Rmadan, it does not mean we cannot post some healthy and diet friendly recipes! Grilling is one very heallthy cooking method, and when it's done using a cast iron grill pan it becomes even healthier! How? because cooking in cast iron fortifies your food with iron. Yes that is right, the mineral gets released into the food and therefore into your body.

Read on for the recipe...

Using cast iron is not only healthy, but nothing like it to get the perfect sear on meats. Searing happens when the meat is subjected to very hot heat all at once. The natural sugars in the meat are immediately released and due to cast irons property for even heat distribution and ability to super heat, the sugars released start caramelising, creating the browned layer on the meat, which is pure flavour. While other materials can still achieve that, non can get it as perfectly done as cast iron. This is especially essential for grilling. When we grill, we are looking to achieve the perfect and even doneness for meats and vegetables. The worst thing, would be a piece of meat that is over cooked on one side and undercooked on the other side. This can happen sometimes and when cooking in other materials, due to heat spots and uneven distribution.  Cast iron is a natural element, that is very heavy, very durable and cast iron pots and pans are known to last a life time. Please click this link for more information on cast iron, including how to season cast iron.
Staub Grill Pan
Giveaway Sponsored by Tavola for
the Lucky winner of
Dima's Kitchen Ramadan Special

About Staub
The Staub journey began in the Alsace region of France. Rich in history, food and craft, the area is renowned for hearty one-pot recipes and fine enanamelled ceramics. In 1974, Francis Staub - Staub's founder -  merged cast iron's utility with the latest technology available and created the enameled cast iron Staub range. Today, Staub is the reference brand for some of the world's great chefs including Paul Boc. With a wide assortment of interesting presentation pieces in dynamic colours, Staub cookware easliy moves from the kitchen to the table at home and in the finest restaurants worldwide- a testimoney to their quality and endearing beauty.

The good thing about these enameled cast iron grill pans, is that they do not necessarily need to be seasoned. It is however, advisable that you do season them at least once before you use them.
This grill pan's handle is made out of Silicon, which is heat resistant. We all know that Cast Iron can get super hot, so this handle is perfect for lifting the pan. The fact that the handle is foldable is in my world a super extra large star for this pan. This, to me, means easy storage. We all know these kitchens and their cabinets! How many of them can we really fit in the kitchen. Foldable is perfect for me!
In case you win this giveaway, I recommend you read the document below to find out more about Staub cast iron pots and pans including care and use instructions. If you were not the lucky winner. I strongly recommend you purchase cast iron pots and pans as they will tremendously enhance your cooking results.

As for the today's Recipe,
Now, I wouldn't particularly choose this menu option if I am hosting a dinner for 50 people! Let's just say that the logistics of having the food ready in time can be a very messy and smoky business. However, this is a perfect option for a cosy Suhoor, or even an Iftar for up to four. These skewers of melt in your mouth meat are delicious. When served with a serving of these Balsamic flavoured, garlic and basil infused grilled tomatoes, you have created a medley of flavours that your palate will thank you for. With a good and healthy soup, and a serving of fruit salad afterwords, you have kept your diet very healthy and delicious.
Let's get Grilling....

Ramadan Recipe 11
Stove-top Grilled Arabic Meat Skewers with a side of Roasted Cherry Tomatoes

You Need
For Meet Skewers
1Kg Lamb or beef tenderloin, cubed
1 tbsp Yogurt
1tbsp Worcestershire Sauce
1 1/2 tsp tomato paste
3 tbsp olive oil
1 tbsp Balsamic Vinegar
1 small onion, grated finely
2 cloves garlic
1/4 tsp allspice
1/4 tsp cardamom powder
1/4 tsp cinnamon powder
Salt & Black pepper to taste
1 Red Capsicum, cut into squares the size of the meat cubes
1 Yellow Capsicum, cut into squares the size of the meat cubes
1 Green Capsicum, cut into squares the size of the meat cubes

For Roasted Cherry Tomatoes
Cherry tomatoes on the vine, allow 1 vine per serving
1 tbsp Balsamic Vinegar
4 cloves garlic, chopped or sliced
2 tbsp Olive oil
Salt & Black pepper to taste
Fresh Basil leaves

Preferably one day ahead, or at least 4 hours ahead, mix the yogurt, Worcestershire sauce, tomato paste, olive oil, vinegar, grated onion, crushed garlic, spices and seasoning together until well combined. Place this marinade in a bowl with the meat and mix to coat. Cover the bowl with nylon wrap and refrigerate.

After marinating for at least 4 hours, skewer the meat on small skewers, alternating meat cubes with capsicum as shown in picture. Repeat until all quantity is skewered. Refrigerate until ready to grill.

Place the Staub Grill Pan on the stove top and turn the fire on to heat.

The Balsamic and olive oil against the tomato flavour is just Divine.
Eat with Baguette and remember me when you do ;) Heavenly!

Make the Grilled tomatoes,
Wash the tomatoes gently without separating them from the vine. Dry with kitchen towels. Place on a baking sheet or grilling pan atop some of the chopped garlic. Drizzle with olive oil, balsamic vinegar, and add seasoning. Top with Basil leaves and roast in 450F oven for 15 minutes. Remove from heat and let rest for 10 minutes.

In the meantime, place the skewers on the hot staub grill pan, and grill 3 minutes on each side for medium, and 5 minutes on each side for well done but not murdered ;) Nothing worse than murdered meat (I have done it too), so do not over cook it. Allow for residual cooking.

When done, rest the meat skewers on a wire rack for 10 minutes then serve alongside the roasted tomatoes and some good quality baguette.

This is very simple food, but this is also very good food. Good in flavour and good for you. Even in Ramadan, we all need some quiet and down time, every now and again. It is nice to get a chance to have a good cosy and wholesome meal, with the very few immediates. This recipe is a perfect one for such times. This recipe is also fantastic for a BBQ be it for Suhoor, or even after Ramadan.

Roasted Tomatoes
I am a big fan of cast iron, and a huge fan of the elegant looking Staub pots and pans. I am hoping you will become one too. And I want to thank Tavola who have brought Staub to the Middle East, and brought this generous giveaway to Dima's Kitchen Ramadan Special. Therefore, I want to ask you to please visit Tavola's Facebook Page and please like it. Not only because you must in order to qualify for winning this fabulous giveaway, but also because they have brought the many amazing brands to add colour and flavour to our kitchens and tables. Beautiful stuff!

Hope you enjoyed today's recipe, and that all the giveaway commotion did not distract you from its goodness. It truly is delicious. So give it a try and let me know what you think. Don't forget to send me the pictures for the recipes you carried out from this blog to enter the draw. Big love to all of you from myself and Tavola, and good luck ;)

Don't forget to cook fabulous meals this Ramadan, nothing like winning a fabulous giveaway lol
Ramadan Kareem