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Suya: West African Grilled Meat Skewers

Suya is a popular West African street food, particularly in Nigeria. These flavorful kebabs are made with beef, chicken, or other meats, and are seasoned with a distinctive spice blend that includes ground peanuts and hot peppers.

Suya: West African Grilled Meat Skewers

Ingredients:

For the Suya Spice Mix:

1 cup roasted peanuts, ground into a coarse powder
1 tablespoon ground ginger
1 tablespoon paprika
1 tablespoon cayenne pepper (adjust to taste)
1 tablespoon onion powder
1 tablespoon garlic powder
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon black pepper
1 teaspoon ground cumin
1 teaspoon ground coriander
1 teaspoon smoked paprika (optional)

For the Skewers:

1.5 lbs beef sirloin or chicken breast, cut into thin strips
2 tablespoons vegetable oil
Bamboo or metal skewers (if using bamboo, soak in water for 30 minutes to prevent burning)

Instructions:

Suya: West African Grilled Meat Skewers

Suya is a popular West African street food, particularly in Nigeria. These flavorful kebabs are made with beef, chicken, or other meats, and are seasoned with a distinctive spice blend that includes ground peanuts and hot peppers.
Ingredients:

For the Suya Spice Mix:

1 cup roasted peanuts, ground into a coarse powder
1 tablespoon ground ginger
1 tablespoon paprika
1 tablespoon cayenne pepper (adjust to taste)
1 tablespoon onion powder
1 tablespoon garlic powder
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon black pepper
1 teaspoon ground cumin
1 teaspoon ground coriander
1 teaspoon smoked paprika (optional)

For the Skewers:

1.5 lbs beef sirloin or chicken breast, cut into thin strips
2 tablespoons vegetable oil
Bamboo or metal skewers (if using bamboo, soak in water for 30 minutes to prevent burning)

For Serving:

Sliced onions
Sliced tomatoes
Cucumber slices
Lime wedges
Flatbread or chapati (optional)

Instructions:

Prepare the Suya Spice Mix:
In a bowl, combine the ground peanuts, ground ginger, paprika, cayenne pepper, onion powder, garlic powder, salt, black pepper, ground cumin, ground coriander, and smoked paprika (if using). Mix well.

Marinate the Meat:
Place the meat strips in a large bowl. Add the vegetable oil and toss to coat.
Sprinkle the suya spice mix over the meat, ensuring each piece is well coated. Use your hands to press the spices into the meat for even coverage.
Cover and refrigerate for at least 1 hour, or overnight for best results.

Skewer the Meat:
Thread the marinated meat onto the soaked bamboo skewers, folding the strips if necessary to keep them secure.

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 Suya:
Brush the grill grates with a little oil to prevent sticking. Place the skewers on the grill.
Grill for about 3-4 minutes per side, turning occasionally, until the meat is cooked through and has a nice char.

Serve:
Remove the suya from the grill and let them rest for a few minutes.
Serve the suya with sliced onions, tomatoes, cucumber slices, and lime wedges. Accompany with flatbread or chapati if desired.

Tips:

Tips:

Meat Alternatives: Lamb, goat, or fish can also be used to make suya.
Spice Level: Adjust the amount of cayenne pepper to suit your preferred spice level.
Cooking Methods: Suya can also be cooked in a grill pan or under the broiler if a grill is not available.

Wine Pairing:

Pair your suya with a crisp, cold beer or a light, fruity red wine such as Beaujolais.

Enjoy your homemade Suya, a delicious and aromatic dish that brings the vibrant flavors of West Africa to your table. Perfect for grilling and sharing with friends and family!

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