Summer Munching – Sticky Skewers

As the rain has been holding off and the sun is shinning, it’s time to get the BBQ out, get the family and friends over, and whip up some yummy treats to share.

With most social groups, my group have a million and 1 different eating habits, and I love to please them all, but like to spend as little time cooking as possible to maximise my time with having fun.

With all of this to consider, I have come up with a selection yummy skewers that cater for all, but only need one marinade. These little guys cater for meat eaters, veggies and vegans, and the marinade can be used on a thousand and one things, so it is super versatile and quick.

So….lets get started before the sun goes away!!

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Things you will need: Skewers, sharp knife, lemon juicer

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Ingredients: For the marinade: 1tsp Garlic Salt, 1tsp Paprika, 1tsp chopped Red Chilli, Juice of 1 lemon, 1 tbsp Honey. For the skewers today I am using Chicken, Mushrooms and Halloumi.

As always, we are going to start with some heat. Whatever cooking method you are going to use, make sure it is heating up and ready to go. These little guys are equally good cooked on the BBQ, under the grill or on the George Forman Grill.

Whilst these are heating up, its time to soak your skewers. This is a must, otherwise you will get splinters in your mouth and a burning wood smell through your home.

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Leave these to soak for about 5 minutes or so, which is the perfect amount of time for you to prep your marinade.

To get the best from your marinade, and make it easier to mix, I have sound that if you follow this order, you will have the perfect consistency to work with. So, pop you honey and lemon juice in your little bowl and mix well. Now you have something a bit wet and sticky, add in your spices. Mix well and leave to one side for a moment.

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You skewers should be soaked enough, its time to get stabbing!! I like to do individual skewers, so guests can mix and match as they please with salads and other accompaniments (post to follow about that soon).

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Once everything is stabbed and ready to go, its time to get marinading. I like to coat all the skewers generously, keeping it as separate as possible.

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I would recommend leaving all your flavours to get friendly for about 10-15 minutes minimum. If you have planned your get together and know how many people will be joining you, I would recommend doing these over night to get maximum flavour.

Now you are ready to cook these little gems. Cook on your chosen method until your chicken is cooked thoroughly and your halloumi and mushrooms look all charred and crispy.

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So, these little guys are great for BBQ’s, picnics…most occasions where there is need of something tasty and hand held. You can even use the marinade on chicken breast and serve them with rice or mashed sweet potatoes for a simple dinner party dish.

I hope you all enjoyed this savoury treat, and I hope you all enjoy the sunshine this weekend. xXx

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