This part of my life began when my very sick partner was diagnosed with Celiac. Even the slightest exposure to gluten can make him very ill for several days, so I have pursued gluten-free options with thorough aggression. In the U.S. a recent surge of gluten awareness means we have more choices than ever, but it still means hunting and analyzing and tracking down parent companies. After several years now of doing so, I want to share my tricks and tips with others who are still struggling.

Saturday, January 12, 2013

Sausage Kebabs with Orange-Ginger Glaze (gluten-free)

These are perfect for gatherings that offer a grill, or they can be done in the broiler. Mix up the fruits and vegetables however you like!

For kebabs:

skewers (8 large (15") or 25 of the little wooden ones
1 pound sweet Italian sausages
1 small pineapple
1/2 pound sweet peppers
1 medium zucchini or summer squash
6-8 oz whole mushrooms (min. 1" diameter)
1 red onion

For Marinade/Glaze:

1 large naval orange
1/2 tsp dried ginger or 1 tsp minced fresh
1/4 cup olive oil
1 Tablespoon red wine or balsamic vinegar
1 Tablespoon lemon juice

Set wooden skewers to soak in water (this prevents them from scorching while cooking)

Chop veggies and meat into 1.5" chunks if using the small wooden skewers or 2" chunks if using large metal skewers.

Mushrooms and peppers may need to be in larger pieces because they have a tendency to split, but it will depend on the type and ripeness. Try a few pieces on the skewers before cutting up the whole container.

The Italian sausage will be easier to work with if you don't thaw it completely first. Cutting it up frozen will give you neater slices and it will thaw on the skewers as it marinades.

It will be easier if you cut up everything before you start assembling the skewers. Trust me! Then you can pace your ingredients so you don't end up with one last skewer that's all zucchini. Then again...that might be tasty!

add an assortment of meats and veggies/fruits to the skewers. They don't all have to be the same! I find that beginning and adding with a pepper or something "solid" will keep things from sliding off while you handle them. Don't make sausage the first or last thing on the skewer or it may fall off while cooking.

Set the skewers on a cookie sheet or foil. You can keep metal skewers from poking through the ends of the foil with wine corks, but remove before baking.

Mix together marinade ingredients and brush liberally over all the skewers.

Cover in foil and let marinade in fridge for at least 1/2 hour. Uncover before cooking.

Grill or broil in oven for 15 minutes in a single layer, turning once during cooking to brown both sides. If you broil the skewers on a cooking sheet with sides it will catch the juices and keep you from having to clean your oven afterwards! If grilling, you can brush on more marinade 10 minutes before they're done.

Feel free to sub other materials of course, but look for combinations of sweet and spicy to compliment the glaze. Try apples and peaches instead of pineapple, or add/substitute hot peppers if you prefer.

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