Tuesday, June 29, 2010

Recipe Of The Day: Beef & Pineapple Lollipops w/ Spicy Cilantro Dipping Sauce

Once again we got a request for a recipe that called for grilled beef, that also had some spicy sweetness to it. Thanks to our good followers on Twitter we have been getting some pretty interesting requests and questions about what kinds of foods can and can't be grilled together.
To us, nothing says Summer like some great beef skewers that are just loaded with juicy chunks of pineapple, grilled to perfection.

Of course you can mix and match veggies, onions and just about anything you know can take the heat on these skewers as well, but we kept it basic and easy for the starters. These are a great treat for the kids as well, just be careful on how much of the Spicy Cilantro dipping sauce you give them, because it is loaded with our favorite condiment, Sriracha Sauce.
Enjoy these by the dozen, its Summertime you deserve it.
For The Warm Cilantro Sauce
3 Cups Fresh Cilantro
2 Cloves Garlic, Peeled
2 TBS apple cider Vinegar
1 tsp Crushed Chili Flakes
1 tsp Sugar
4 tsp Sriracha Sauce
1 ½ tsp Kosher Salt
½ tsp Freshly Ground Black Pepper
½  Cup Olive Oil

For the Beef Pops:
1½ Lbs Beef Fillet, Cut Into 3/4-Inch Cubes (About 40 Cubes)
1 (2-Lb) Pineapple, Cut Into 3/4-Inch Pieces (About 40 Pieces)
20 (8-Inch) Wooden Or Bamboo Skewers, Soaked In Water For 30 Minutes
Kosher Salt And Freshly Ground Black Pepper

For the Warm Cilantro Sauce
Blend first 5 ingredients in food processor until cilantro is finely chopped, about 15 seconds.
Transfer mixture to medium heatproof bowl.
Heat oil in medium skillet over medium heat until hot; slowly whisk into cilantro mixture.
Mix in hot sauce.
Season sauce to taste with salt and pepper; transfer to small bowl.

For the Beef Pops:
Place the beef in the medium bowl with the parsley sauce.
Toss well until the beef is coated with the mixture.
Cover and refrigerate for 3 hours.

Place a grill pan over medium-high heat or preheat a gas or charcoal grill.
Thread the skewers starting with a piece of pineapple, then a cube of beef.
Repeat with another piece of pineapple and another cube of beef.
Continue with the remaining skewers.
Grill the skewers for 2 to 3 minutes each side (for medium rare) or until desired doneness.
Season with salt and pepper.

To serve, arrange the Beef Pops on a serving platter.
Drizzle with the remaining reserved Cilantro Sauce or serve the sauce on the side as a condiment.

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