Shish Kebobs

This is another one of those dishes that I associate with summertime. I have many fond memories of helping my mom put the ingredients on the skewers and then watching my dad stand at the grill to cook these.

Small pieces of chicken, beef or other meat*
Any or all of the following:
cherry tomatoes
pineapple chunks
button mushrooms
chunks of green, red or yellow pepper
pearl onions (blanched about 4 minutes)—or slices of cut up onion
yellow squash (1/2 inch thick pieces)
zucchini (1/2 inch thick pieces)
baby carrots (blanched 5 minutes)
any other vegetable of your choosing—eggplant might be good

Soak bamboo skewers in water for 1 hour. Load skewers with pieces of meat and vegetable, alternating. Brush with your favorite sauce and grill for about 5 minutes on each side or until squash is tender. Serve over rice. Sometimes I marinate the meat several hours ahead of time. We often just used Italian dressing as a marinade. Teriyaki sauce is also a good marinade.

*This can easily be left off to create a vegetarian option.

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