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Brochette: French-Style Grilled Skewers

Brochette is a versatile and popular French kebab that can be made with various meats, seafood, or vegetables. The following recipe offers a classic take on this delightful dish, perfect for grilling and enjoying with a variety of sides.

Brochette: French-Style Grilled Skewers

Ingredients:

For the Marinade:

1/4 cup olive oil
2 tablespoons lemon juice
3 cloves garlic, minced
1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
1 tablespoon fresh thyme leaves (or 1 teaspoon dried thyme)
1 tablespoon fresh rosemary, chopped (or 1 teaspoon dried rosemary)
1 teaspoon paprika
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon black pepper

For the Brochettes:

1 lb beef sirloin or pork tenderloin, cut into 1-inch cubes (or chicken breast, shrimp, or a mix)
1 red bell pepper, cut into 1-inch pieces
1 yellow bell pepper, cut into 1-inch pieces
1 red onion, cut into wedges
1 zucchini, sliced into rounds
Cherry tomatoes
Bamboo or metal skewers (if using bamboo, soak in water for 30 minutes to prevent burning)

Instructions:

Prepare the Marinade:

In a large bowl, whisk together the olive oil, lemon juice, minced garlic, Dijon mustard, thyme, rosemary, paprika, salt, and black pepper.

Marinate the Meat:

Add the cubed meat (or seafood) to the marinade, ensuring all pieces are well coated. Cover and refrigerate for at least 1 hour, or overnight for more flavor.

Skewer the Ingredients:

Thread the marinated meat onto skewers, alternating with pieces of bell pepper, red onion, zucchini, and cherry tomatoes. Make sure not to overcrowd the skewers to ensure even cooking.

Preheat the Grill:

Preheat your grill to medium-high heat. If using a charcoal grill, ensure the coals are hot and have a white ash coating.

Grill the Brochettes:

Brush the grill grates with a little olive oil to prevent sticking. Place the skewers on the grill.
Grill for about 10-12 minutes, turning occasionally, until the meat is cooked to your desired doneness and the vegetables are tender and slightly charred.

Serve:

Remove the brochettes from the grill and let them rest for a few minutes.
Serve with a variety of sides such as a green salad, couscous, or crusty French bread. Provide extra lemon wedges for squeezing over the brochettes.

Tips:

Tips:

Vegetarian Option: Use a variety of vegetables such as mushrooms, eggplant, and cherry tomatoes, marinating and grilling them the same way.
Seafood Variation: For seafood brochettes, use shrimp or scallops and reduce the marinating time to 30 minutes.
Herb Variations: Experiment with different herbs like tarragon, basil, or parsley for varied flavor profiles.

Wine Pairing:

Pair your brochettes with a crisp white wine such as Sauvignon Blanc or a light red wine like Pinot Noir, depending on the type of meat used.

Enjoy your delicious, French-inspired Brochettes

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