Wednesday, June 29, 2011


Is it just me or is crushing garlic one of the most fun parts of cooking?

Or maybe it's soaking your skewers in a cookie tray because your lasagna pan broke...ugh...

Or perhaps watching people you love enjoying the food you've prepared?

Better yet - those same people telling you how delicious the food is you prepared...

Yes, I witnessed all of these things last week when Josh's mom & dad came over for dinner. I decided to do something a little fancier as this was a Father's Day/Birthday Dinner (Josh saw his dad for Father's Day but I wasn't able). I decided to try these Beef Pops with Pineapple and Parsley Sauce that were recommended by my bosses. And boy did they do a good job recommending.

These were SO amazing. I swear the beef I used said "filet" but they were about $6 - $8 for a 1.12 or so pound package, so it's possible it was sirloin. But can it still be "filet?" Gosh I have no idea. I'm sorry, I just don't remember. BUT THEY WERE DELICIOUS. I was unable to marinate the beef for 3 hours as instructed, I got about an hour in before they were put on skewers and then on the grill. I also forgot to save some of the sauce for dipping, but no one missed it. These were good enough on their own. And grilled pineapple!? COME ON. Amazing. Josh & his mom aren't fans of pineapple, so I just made a few skewers with the steak only. But seriously. Way amazing.

I was afraid the parsley sauce would be a little overwhelming, but let me tell you, IT IS NOT. It was so delicious. So. I'm serious. You HAVE TO TRY THESE. I don't know how I did so amazing on my first try of grilling steak - but these were PERFECT. We all liked them medium-well and they came out just perfect. We served with water with lime in my gorgeous pitcher, salad and sweet potatoes (also done on the grill - oiled and wrapped in foil for under an hour, they were taken off the grill when the skewers were put on).

parsley sauce
3 cups fresh flat-leaf parsley
2 cloves garlic, peeled
2 tablespoons red wine vinegar
1 teaspoon crushed chili flakes (I used a little less as we don't do spicy in this house)
1 teaspoon sugar
1 1/2 teaspoons kosher salt
1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
1/2 cup olive oil

for the kebabs
1 1/2 pounds beef fillet, cut into 3/4-inch cubes (about 40 cubes) (I used about 2 lbs for four people. there were only a few skewers remaining for delicious leftovers)
1 (2-pound) pineapple, cut into 3/4-inch pieces (about 40 pieces)
20 (8-inch) wooden or bamboo skewers, soaked in water for 30 minutes

Parsley Sauce: In the bowl of a food processor, blend together the parsley, garlic, vinegar, chili flakes, sugar, salt and pepper until smooth. With the machine running, gradually add the olive oil until incorporated. Place half of the mixture in a medium bowl and add beef cubes. Toss well, cover and refrigerate for 3 hours. Place the remaining parsley sauce in a small serving bowl. Cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate until ready to serve.

Place a grill pan over medium-high heat or preheat a gas or charcoal grill. Thread the skewers alternating the beef and pineapple. I put anywhere from six or more of both the pineapple and beef on each skewer. Continue with the remaining skewers. Grill for 2 to 3 minutes each side (for medium rare) or until desired doneness. (I probably did mine about 4-5 minutes per side)

Drizzle the kebabs with the remaining reserved parsley sauce or serve the sauce on the side for dipping!

Seriously. ENJOY!

Also - how cute do our red chairs look with our red berry plates!??


*kc said... Best Blogger Tips

MMM. The one thing that bugs me with skewers is it seems the veggie takes less time than the meat. Or one veggie is cooked before the other veggie.

But these don't look like that was the case! Awesome!

amy grace said... Best Blogger Tips

Actually, I kinda judged the done-ness by how the pineapple looked. And because I put the lid on and our grill is small I'd say that helped to cook them all the way through while getting great grill marks on the pineapple. So when the pineapple had a good char, that's when I took them off. Also, the pieces were so small, they didn't take long.

Anonymous said... Best Blogger Tips
This comment has been removed by a blog administrator.
Hannah {Culture Connoisseur} said... Best Blogger Tips

Working with garlic is my favorite part. I love going to bed and curling up with my hands next to my face and smelling the fresh garlic on my hands. Some people think that's weird some people totally get it. I just love garlic that much!

Meri said... Best Blogger Tips

They look tasty- well, I'm a vegetarian but they turned out well! I just love grilled pineapple, but I've made kebabs with shrimp since that's one meat I've tried before :) It was good!

Lauren at Keep It Sweet said... Best Blogger Tips

Yum, such a good idea to add the pineapple to those kebabs!

Meghan @ Wishful Thinking said... Best Blogger Tips

Yum yum yum! I love the salty and sweet combination! Can't wait to try this on our next bbq!