When it comes to summer barbecues and thinking of easy things to prepare and cook, at the moment I just can’t go past anything that comes on a stick. It allows for variety, versatility and, even better, the children can get involved in making it (which often helps and encourages them to eat the end product).
Skewers are quick and easy and offer a great way of combining a variety of foods. You can mix it up by changing the protein and the flavours added.
Soak some long bamboo or wooden skewers (available from any supermarket) in water for an hour or so before using them to help prevent burning when on the barbecue.
Choose your protein: chicken, beef, pork, lamb or any type of fish or seafood. You can even make vegetable or vegetarian skewers. The possibilities are endless! You can marinate the uncooked meat in a classic honey soy, satay, chilli, garlic and lemon or lime sauce—the possibilities here are endless too. Leave the food to marinate for at least one hour; this adds flavour and helps to tenderise the protein.
Select and prepare your vegetables. You can use any type, but ones that cook quicker, such as capsicum, are a little better than carrots and the like. They will be on the barbecue as long as it take the meat to cook. I love using onion, capsicum, cherry tomatoes, eggplant, zucchini, mushrooms and pineapple, which caramelises and tastes delicious!
Assemble the skewers (this is there you can involve children of any age). Thread your chosen protein and vegetables onto the skewers (e.g., onion, capsicum, chicken, mushroom, onion, capsicum, chicken, mushroom and so on). Don’t push them too close together or they won’t cook properly.
Cook on the barbecue and serve warm!
Other great barbecue foods are lovely fresh corn on the cob, which also can be placed on a stick. Alternatively, if you want to make a salad, cut the kernels off the cob, separate and place in a bowl. Chop capsicum, cucumber and mango into small pieces and mix together for a wonderful fresh summer salad!