Peanutty, Thai-inspired kebobs are great for the BBQ

thai kebobsWith the traditional Thai flavours of lime, chili and peanuts, this mouth-watering dish will add wow factor to your next backyard barbecue. For tender and tasty bites, slice your meat against the grain and provide ample time for marinating.

Thai Flank Steak Kebobs

Prep time: 15 minutes

Marinating time: 4 hours

Grilling time: 5 minutes

Makes 8 large skewers

Ingredients

• 1/2 cup (125 ml) unsweetened coconut milk

• 1/4 cup (60 ml) peanut butter

• 2 tbsp (30 ml) hot Chinese chili sauce

• 1 tbsp (15 ml) ginger, finely grated

• 1 lime

• 1 1/2 tsp (7 ml) granulated sugar

• 1 1/2 tsp (7 ml) fish sauce

• 1/2 tsp (2 ml) ground turmeric

• 1 flank steak, about 1 1/4 lbs (625 g)

• 1/2 small red onion

• 1 red pepper

• Salt, preferably kosher, to taste

• Thai basil, coriander leaves or chopped mint for garnish

• 2 tbsp (30 ml) peanuts, coarsely chopped

Directions

1. In a shallow dish just large enough to hold meat, combine coconut milk, peanut butter, chili sauce and ginger. Finely grate peel of 1 lime and add to dish along with lime juice, sugar, fish sauce and turmeric. Whisk until combined.

2. Thinly slice steak against the grain into strips about ¼- to ½-inch thick (1- to 2-cm). Place in marinade and stir to coat. Cover, stirring occasionally, and refrigerate for at least 4 hours or overnight.

3. Oil grill and preheat barbecue to medium-high heat. Slice onion into thin wedges and cut red pepper into bite-size pieces. Thread kebobs, alternating pieces of meat with onion and red pepper. Sprinkle with salt. Grill for 5 minutes, turning frequently, until meat is just cooked through and vegetables are tender. Serve garnished with herbs and peanuts. – NC

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