Wednesday, May 14, 2014

Teriyaki Beef Skewers (Meat on Sticks)

One of my favorite cuts of meat to eat is London Broil (flank steak).  Especially if it is marinated in a delicious sauce first, cut nice and thin, and served up sweet and tender.  Matter of fact that is typically my go to requested meal for special occasions like Mother's day or my birthday.  Now that BBQ season is upon us, I was looking up ways to jazz up things on the grill.  My hubby Mr. D is a big fan of skewers.  Meat on Sticks.  He can't get enough of them.  When I saw this little recipe float by on Pinterest, I knew we were going to have to try it.  Feast your eyes on: Teriyaki Meat Skewers!

Teriyaki Beef Skewers

Okay.  I'm gonna pause for a second in case you want to smell or lick your screen...

Seriously though, doesn't that look delicious?  And just like my London Broil recipe, it is only two ingredients.  That's right, all you need to make these wonderful meat on sticks is: meat/flank steak (obviously)... and a really good Teriyaki sauce.  Namely, Yoshida's Gourmet Teriyaki sauce.  We happen to get ours in a vat/jug at Costco and it tastes great on anything!  In the original recipe they made their own sauce, but seriously, if you have the best tasting sauce in the land ready to go, why not make your life easy? Simply place your slab of flank steak in a seal-able zip lock bag, and pour some of that magic Yoshida's sauce in.

Let it marinate a while in the fridge.  I tend to flip it a couple of times while it's in there, just so both sides of the meat get evenly coated.  When you are ready, place it on a cutting board (discard marinade sauce), and get a sharp knife.  Thinly slice the meat into 1/4 inch strips.

Next you take some bamboo skewers that have been soaking in water for a few hours and gently "weave" the meat onto the sticks.  My flank steak was short, so I ended up putting two strips per bamboo stick.

I'm almost sure that this is the most beautiful picture of raw meat on sticks that has even been taken in the history of mankind.  Look at that lighting folks... just lovely.  Next you want to heat up your grill to medium high.  Grill them on one side for about 3 minutes while brushing on some extra sauce as it is cooking.

Can you smell them grilling yet?
Flip them all over to the other side and cook for 3 more minutes.  Keep brushing on extra Teriyaki sauce for added flavor.

Sizzling deliciousness right there!

You want to make sure that the meat is cooked to about a medium rare, though I like to head into more of the medium zone personally.  It's up to you.  Also all I care about is that delectable sauce!

Teriyaki beef skewers - the close up
After that, just pile them high on a plate and watch people run from everywhere just to get close to you.  I think we had two neighbors peering between fence posts after these babies came off the grill.

Run, don't walk to your nearest plate of skewered meat
These were so good by the way!  Here's a "meat-cam" close up

We ended up serving ours with a bit of teriyaki rice... yummy!!

Heat up a little extra sauce and pour it over the skewers for an extra pop of flavor.  These were so fun and easy to make.  You could make mini ones and serve them at a party, not to mention I'm sure this would work for chicken as well.  Mr. D just called me after I put up this post to tell me we should make these again.  Like tonight!  Enjoy!

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