Saturday, August 24, 2013

Pineapple Sirloin Skewers

My meal swap was last week.  I made pineapple sirloin skewers which are tasty and people have liked in previous meal swamps.

I started with this recipe at All Recipes.

First I gathered the ingredients.

Then I mixed the marinade . . .times 6!

  • The juice of 4 - 20 oz cans of chunked pineapple.
  • 1 cup soy sauce
  • 3/4 cup brown sugar
  • 3/4 cup vegetable oil
  • 1/4 cup ginger
  • 2 generous T of fresh, minced garlic
  • 1 T fresh ground pepper

I separated the marinade so only one portion would have raw meat soaking in it.
I cut up the sirloin into pieces, counting as I went along.  There were 156 pieces.  Then I popped it in the refrigerator for about 7 hours until it was time to assemble.

I think the reason we soak wooden skewers is so that they won't catch fire on the grill.  I'm not sure this is a necessary step if the skewers will be frozen and thawed, but I still do it just in case.

Ready to Assemble!
There were 4 other ladies swapping so I knew I had to make at least 40 skewers - 10 for each family.  But one of the gals NOT participating had just had a baby so I wanted to make some for her, too.  If I made 40 skewers then each would have 4 pieces of meat.  If I made 50 skewers each would only have 3 pieces of meat.  I decided to meet in the middle.  I loaded the skewers with 3 large pieces or 4 smaller pieces.  When I got through the first 40 skewers I was pleased to see there were enough meat pieces to make an extra meal for the family with the new baby.  It wasn't as much meat as the 4 participating families so I supplemented with cherry tomatoes from my garden and it turned out well!

I divided the reserved no-raw-meat marinade into 5 equal portions and put them into ziploc bags.  This is for basting or using as a topping.

Clean marinade added.
Finally, I wrote the instructions on each container. I like that these skewers can broil in the oven just as easily a they can grill outside on the gas grill.

Ready to Go!
While there was no 'clean' marinade remaining, I still had lots of the original 'soaking' marinade.  I also had another can of pineapple in the pantry and loads of cherry tomatoes.  I decided to make some skewers for our family, too - but I used round steak instead of top sirloin.  =)


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