I had planned to post this recipe way earlier. We eat it quite often, because nothing beats food on a stick, certainly when it has these great Asian flavours!
The reason why I waited so long with sharing this with you guys, is because food that tastes great, doesn’t always look good on pictures….. (Ever tried taking a appetizing photo of a stew? Try it, but be prepared, you’ll be amazed how gross your nice dish can look!)
I’ve actually photographed these skewers quite a few times. Unfortunately, I wasn’t content with how they looked on screen, even after editing. The 12-year old mini-chef, who loves to eat them but wasn’t impressed by their photogenic qualities either, even said ‘On dirait du caca en brochette‘.
Which translates as ‘It looks like poop on a stick’. Well, I took this as a sign they weren’t ready for publication yet.
Until one evening in bed (I always think of what I’m going to cook and new recipes right before I fall asleep, don’t ask me why), I thought of making small meatballs and using lemongrass as skewers. Not exactly world-changing ideas, I know, but just what this recipe needed to no longer look like poop on a stick. And as a bonus, the lemongrass added a subtle extra flavour to the meat.
Now, luckily we normally don’t need to worry about how the food we cook, will look on pictures. So you can just make these however you want, shaped like little meatballs, or more sausage-shaped, on a lemongrass stick, or on a regular skewer. What counts is what they taste like when you dig in!
- 300 gr (1⅓ cup) of ground beef
- 2 cm (0.4 inch) of fresh ginger, grated
- 1 shallot, chopped very fine
- Zest of 1 lime
- 1 tsp of sesame oil
- Salt & pepper
- 10 stalks of lemongrass (or normal skewers)
- Vegetable oil
- 1 tsp of sesame seeds, lightly toasted in a dry pan
- Fresh coriander/cilantro, to serve with
- Mix the beef, ginger, shallot, lime zest and sesame oil
- Season with salt and pepper
- Form small meatballs, this goes best with wet hands so the beef won't stick
- Use the lemongrass stalks as skewers, and thread the meatballs onto them
- Heat a grill pan (or even better, a barbecue) until very hot
- Spray some oil on the beef skewers and bake for a few minutes
- Turn them regularly, until nicely grilled on all sides
- Serve with the sesame seeds and coriander