An easy summer grill-mate – kabobs…or is that kebobs?

Fourth of July this year was supposed to be a hot day in my corner of the world. It ended up somewhat overcast, but I had a barbeque to plan and needed things we could cook on the grill, rather than in the oven. We had one other couple joining us for dinner that night. It’s easy to find meat to grill. I needed a carb. We’d thought about corn on the cob, but the pickings were slim at the store.

So I fell back on a camping favorite-kabobs (or is it kebobs?). I picked up some canned whole baby potatoes and green and red peppers. Soaked the kabob sticks in water for a couple hours, then skewered the potatoes and chunks of peppers on the kabobs. My friend, who’s amazing at opening a cupboard and finding a meal, made a concoction of olive oil, garlic, and basil and we brushed the kabobs with that.

In only a few minutes on the grill, we had a delicious carbohydrate to go with our pork tenderloin and turkey sausage. Add in some homemade coleslaw and strawberry shortcake for dessert, and it was a yummy evening.

A couple more notes about the kabobs. Cooking these made me realize how much I like grill-singed peppers. I’m going to have to start playing around with cooking them on the BBQ. Also, you can add chunks of chicken to the kabobs for a full meal on a stick.

So for us, this American holiday was a nice, relaxing evening with friends. Until about 9PM, when all the fireworks started up. It was three hours of flashes and skyrockets, and war-zone level noise.  But it’s only one day a year. And we walked next door to see our neighbor’s three-year-old daughter’s eyes aglow as she watched the pretty sparkles in the air.

Pure magic. 🙂

17 responses to “An easy summer grill-mate – kabobs…or is that kebobs?

  1. Sounds like you had a fabulous time, Laurie. And mmm, grill-singed peppers, I can almost taste them.

  2. Sounds like a wonderful evening. AND I’m a big fan of kebobs, too. AND yeah, how DO you spell that??

  3. I googled it and it seems it’s spelled both ways. No wonder people have trouble with the English language. I’ve never had a Kebob without meat but would love these. I like mushrooms on mine and cherry tomatoes. Just getting ready to go for lunch and this is making me hungry.

    Sounds like a great 4th.

  4. “opening a cupboard and finding a meal”… I wish I had that super power!

    • Kate! How are you? And how’s that baby doing? Not so much of a baby, I guess. Toddler? 🙂 Yes, I am a person who must follow a recipe or die trying. My friend, Lois, has this AMAZING ability to take ingredients I’d never consider combining and she turns them into a gourmet dish.

      • The “baby” just turned two! And she’s becoming very independent and opinionated! It’s fairly delightful and cute… when it isn’t irritating and time-consuming. (Who am I kidding? Sometimes it’s all four things at once. Ah, parenthood!)

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  6. Valerie J. Patterson

    I’ve never eaten a kabob. However, the roasted peppers sound sooooooo good. I love those really long green beans grilled. Yum! And, while I have never eaten asparagus, it always looks so good grilled! Glad you had such a good 4th, Laurie. 😛

    • I’ve been a recent convert to al dente asparagus. Don’t like the well-cooked stuff, but al dente is pretty good. I haven’t tried it on the grill yet, though.

  7. It’s Ka-Bob, Laurie. 🙂 Now I’m hungry! Happy to hear you had an enjoyable fourth what with everything else going on in your life.

    Luv Ya!

  8. Kabobs? That’s certainly a new one on me, what we call kebab, yes?. That’s one of the things I really love about you guys – I learn something new every time. Thanks.. Grilled peppers, yum. Made my mouth water. Love ’em.

    • I believe so, Kit. I had not idea there were different spellings for kebabs. I’ve always called the kabobs. I suggested Jillian do a Friday Fact about it on her blog to clarify. 🙂 Dang, I forgot to buy peppers at the store today. Will have to wait until tomorrow to grill some again. 🙂

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