Monday, March 31, 2008

Grilled Teriyaki Vegetable and Kielbasa Kebabs

This is the love child of a Polish man and a Japanese woman. You would never think that kielbasa is good with teriyaki sauce. But I am here to tell you it is.

I think my favorite thing on these is the pineapple, and the onions, and the bell peppers and the tomatoes too. All of it is good. Want your 3 year old to eat a lot of veggies, especially mushrooms? Make this. Your 3 year old will also like the kielbasa and he will think they are hot dogs and then he will start singing that song from "Mickey Mouse Clubhouse". If you have a 3 year old, you know exactly what I am talking about. The husband loves these too. But he doesn't sing.

12 wooden skewers
1 pineapple, chopped into bite-size pieces
1 green bell pepper, chopped into bite-size pieces
1 red bell pepper, chopped into bite-sized pieces
1/2 onion, chopped into bite-sized pieces
1 8 oz package mushrooms
1 12 oz package cherry tomatoes
1 Polish kielbasa sausage, sliced into 1/2 inch thick slices
1 12 oz bottle teriyaki marinade

Soak the skewers in water for 15 minutes (this prevents too much burning on the grill). Skewer the veggies and meat onto the skewers. Pour teriyaki sauce into a bowl and brush the kababs with teriyaki sauce.

Heat grill to medium. Place the kababs on the grill and brush kebabs with more teriyaki sauce. When charred, flip over using tongs. Baste the kababs with more teriyaki sauce. Grill until desired doneness (the kilbasa is already cooked so you don't have to worry about anything being raw).

Yields 12 skewers, enough for 6 full servings.

Rookie's Notes: When skewering, make sure a pineapple is in the middle. This will make it easier to flip the kababs on the grill. Put onions on each end because it holds everything on. Also, these can be assembled a few days ahead. Just skewer everything, cover them in plastic and keep them in the fridge. Don't grill these until right before eating them. They just aren't as good. But the leftovers are delightful with some steamed rice and soy sauce.

I would recommend using the Trader Joe's Soyaki teriyaki sauce. Thick marinades work really good too because they stick to the food easier.