Tuesday, May 3, 2011

Beef Tenderloin Shish Kabobs on the Grill

If you have ever heard the term “Carolina Blue”, last weekend in Charlotte was a perfect example of Carolina blue skies. It was a beautiful weekend, 75 decrees and no humidity. My hubby Doug and I took advantage of the fantastic weather and we went biking and walking at the White Water Center in Charlotte, NC. The park was overflowing with adventure seekers; the white water rafts were filled with the young and old, celebrating birthday’s or just enjoying the ride. The bike and walking trails were packed and the climbing wall was in high demand.

On Sunday my good friend Karin joined me at WWC for a walk, we enjoy the sunshine, great companionship and we just love the sound of the rapids, no better way to spend a Sunday afternoon.

We continued to enjoy the great weather at home, Doug fired up the grill on the back patio and we prepared beef tip shish kabobs for dinner, accompanied by grilled mushrooms and green beans.

All the critters joined us on the back patio; the birds, lizards, frogs and a variety of bees. It is such a joy to see the bumble bees, honey bees and all of their relatives buzzing around, specifically since in some areas in the US the bee population has been disappearing. The Bumble Bees are very territorial but we seem to have come to an understanding, the bees pollinate and I sit back and watch!

Everyone just get outside, enjoy nature and play!

Here’s my very simple but delicious recipe for beef tips on skewers.

• 1 lb Beef Tenderloin Tips cut into 1 ½ to 2 inch pieces
• I usually purchase a whole beef tenderloin when it is on special and use the smaller steaks; usually there are 3 or 4 steaks, which are on the small end of the tenderloin. Excellent for shish kabobs
• 1 Small sweet yellow onion or red onion cut into 1- 1½ inch slices
• Seasoning
– ½ teaspoon dried thyme
– 1/2 teaspoon Onion powder
– ½ teaspoon garlic powder
– ¼ teaspoon black pepper and salt
• 4 metal skewers

Cooking Instructions:
• Heat the grill to medium heat
• Rinse off the steaks in water and dry with a paper towel and cut the beef into 1-1 ½ inch chunks
• Cut the onion into large into large slices
• Skewer a slice of onion followed by a piece of the beef, alternating about 5 to 6 pieces of beef depending on the size of the meat and the skewers
• Sprinkle the beef with onion powder, garlic powder and thyme
– I usually don’t measure the seasoning, you just want to lightly sprinkle
• Place the skewers on grill and cook over medium heat for 5 to 6 minutes per side for medium rare
– Thickness of steak will also determine grilling time
• Remove cooked steak from the grill and let stand for several minutes to allow the juices to be absorbed into the meat. Keep in mind that the steak continues to cook after you remove from the grill

Serve with grilled mushrooms, Peppers, squash, a green salad , rice or your favorite vegetable ~ Just Cook Something!

Cheers! Kary

Do you have a great recipe for Beef Kabobs? Please share with us.

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