Friday, May 7, 2010

Opinions Wanted: Kebobs

Today Rob and I were chatting and he mentioned grilling out tonight and said "maybe kebobs"

I realized then that all this time I have kept my disdain for kebobs to myself and have never really shared them. Other people want to make kebobs all the time and I just smile and say, "sounds great"...but today I am going to share my real feelings on kebobs...and I would like your comments to let me know what you think.

When you make kebobs, you take up the time to cut everything in smaller pieces, put it piece by piece on a stick, only to put it on the grill where it usually grills completely unevenly (veggies are burnt, meat isnt cooked, everything isnt touching the grill correctly because of the way its on the stick, etc etc) Then you take it off the stick.... and put it on your plate and cut it up and eat it.....

Am I the only one who doesnt understand the point of this? It would be totally one thing if you ate it festival food style off the stick, but that is never the case...what is the point of going to all the trouble to put it on the stick just to take it off and then still have to use a knife and fork because the beef is usually too big to be bite size... Also your reply might be, "well it's fun" what, exactly, is fun about it...because maybe I'm missing some super fun step in cutting up meat, putting it on a stick, cooking it unevenly and then taking it off the stick and eating it.... if I am...please let me know.



StandingH20 said...

I have to say, I boringly agree. There are only a few reasons I use skewers anymore: 1) When I'm making Chicken Satay - which is pounded thin and even, resulting in even cooking. 2) Grilling whole Mushrooms - just to keep them from rolling right off of the grill.

Yes, Kebobs look pretty in cookbooks and magazines, but rarely have I ever been happy with my own results.

Good luck Rob.

Lindsey said...

Jen, my sister-in-law and I were just talking about this yesterday!
I am making Mother's Day lunch and she said whatever you make, please don't let it be kabobs. I had to confess I like them (I think it has something to do with a childhood memory) but I certainly could see her point, and yours!

Jen Lilley said...

Lindsey that is SO funny. I get the whole childhood thing though..there are lots of things I shouldnt like but I do bc they are tied to some (probably random) childhood memory.

MichelleSeeber said...

I love them! I love the fact that around each piece of meat has that crisp, burnt taste. We just bought more skewers online the other day that are supposed to hold more stuff. Sure they are a lot of work, but the taste of the meat or chicken is better than just one piece of it.Yeah for grilling season!! :)

jennsperry said...

i always put all the meat on the same skewers and the veggies on different ones. they cook better that way!!