Shish kabobs make a great meal in the summertime. A lot of people like to grill at this time of year and shish kabobs are easy to make and grill. This shish kabob recipe is something you can make any time of the year without a grill as well.
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One of the great things about making shish kabobs is that you can use a variety of ingredients and aren’t stuck using only certain things. This shish kabob recipe is more of a general guide on how to choose ingredients, put them together, and how to cook them. When I make shish kabobs, I cut up enough ingredients to make eight total shish kabobs.
Shish Kabob Ingredients
Star with your choice of meat. We usually use chicken but have also used beef and pork. I like to marinade my meat to give it some more flavor. You can use any kind of marinade that you like.
Because of dietary issues, we have been using some sauces and marinades by G Hughs Smokehouse. They are all sugar free! They taste really good and don’t have any aftertaste like some sugar free foods. The flavors that we have available at our grocery store are: teriyaki, barbecue, lemon pepper, and orange ginger.
I make sure that my meat is cut into chunks and marinade it for about half an hour. I also use a smoked sausage or kielbasa along with my chicken, pork, or beef. While the meat is soaking in the marinade, I cut up the kielbasa into about 1 inch slices.
If you want to make vegetarian or vegan shish kabobs, you can add a meat alternative or just put lots of vegetables on yours.
Besides meat, I fill up my shish kabobs with lots of vegetables. You can put whatever you like on shish kabobs.
I typically use two bell peppers such as orange, yellow, or red. You can use green peppers if you want, but I don’t like those as much. I cut the peppers into 1-1 ½ inch square chunks.
Next, I cut two small onions or one large onion into big chunks. Usually the middle of the onion has too small of pieces, so I save those pieces for another meal.
I like to use fresh button mushrooms as well. You could also buy really large mushrooms and cut them into pieces.
Other vegetables that work well for shish kabobs are: cherry or grape tomatoes, zucchini, and potatoes cut into chunks. Keep in mind that if you use potatoes, they will have to be cooked ahead of time since they take a lot longer to cook than any of the other ingredients.
Other foods can be added to shish kabobs too. My favorite thing to add is chunks of apples. I don’t peel them but just cut the apples into chunks.
You could also add pineapple chunks if you like that.
I have also added some oddball things that I just wanted to try. I have stuck pre-made jalapeno poppers on my shish kabobs before, and they were pretty good. Also, I have tried large florets of broccoli. I’ve put tater tots on them as well. All of those things tasted good, but they can be hard to get them on your skewers without falling apart.
Feel free to put anything on your shish kabobs that sound good. Just keep in mind that you want to pick things that will cook well together unless you plan to pre-cook ingredients.
Shish Kabob Directions
Assembling Your Shish Kabobs
After I have everything cut up, I start assembling my shish kabobs. Make sure that you don’t cut any of your ingredients too small because it will make it hard to keep them on the skewers.
I like to wear gloves when assembling since I am handling peppers, onions, and meat in marinade (which is messy!).
We have a set of eight metal skewers that are about 12 inches long. They work really well for shish kabobs. I would highly suggest buying yourself a set instead of buying wooden ones that will be thrown away.
Cooking Your Shish Kabobs
If you are cooking them in your oven, heat it to 350°F.
Lay your skewers on cookie sheets and cook for 20-30 minutes.
You can also cook shish kabobs on a grill. Depending on your grill, you may want to use some aluminum foil to keep them on the grill.
While the shish kabobs are cooking, I make some instant rice. I then serve the finished shish kabobs over rice.
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Shish Kabob Recipe
- 1 pound beef, pork, or chicken (uncooked)
- 14 ounces Kielbasa or smoked sausage
- 1 large onion (or 2 small ones)
- 2 bell peppers (your choice of color)
- 1 large apple (cut into chunks)
- 1 package fresh button mushrooms
- If you plan to marinate a meat, make sure you do this first.
- Heat oven to 350°F or prepare grill.
- Cut up ingredients into pieces that will fit well on your skewers without falling off.
- Put ingredients onto skewers and place skewers on cookie sheet if cooking in the oven.
- Cook shish kabobs for 20 to 30 minutes depending on your ingredients. It is most important that the meat gets cooked completely.
- While cooking shish kabobs, make rice (instant or regular).
- Serve shish kabobs on rice.