Grilled spiedini – Italian style kebobs

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Grilled spiedini – Italian style kebobs

A weekend favorite that will make everyone happy to gather around the dinner table.
Servings 4 people
Prep Time 20 mins
Cook Time 20 mins
Total Time 1 hr 10 mins

Equipment

  • cutting board
  • wood skewers
  • immersion blender and cup
  • Grill
  • mortar, optional

Ingredients

Ingredients for the aioli

  • 1 cup oil I used safflower oil
  • 1 egg yolk boiled
  • 2 egg yolks
  • 2 tbsp lemon juice
  • 1/2 tsp salt coarse
  • 4 garlic cloves
  • 1 tbsp horseradish creamy
  • 1 tbsp Parmesan cheese grated

Ingredients for the kebobs

  • 1 lb beef any favorite grilling variety will work
  • 4 slices bacon thick slice, cut into 1 inch pieces
  • 1/2 lb small onions halved or quartered
  • 1 red bell pepper cut into 1 inch pieces
  • 1 yellow or orange bell pepper cut into 1 inch pieces
  • 1 sage bunch
  • 1 rosemary sprig
  • 1 garlic clove
  • 1/4 cup wine dry, white (I used Vinho Verde)
  • 4 tbsp olive oil extra virgin
  • salt and pepper to taste

Instructions

Steps for the aioli

  • Gather your ingredients.
    Ingredients for the aioli displayed on a white cutting board and grey napkin.
  • In a small saucepan, boil the egg for about 10 minutes, remove from the heat, cool, peel and separate the yolk; set aside.
    1 egg yolk
    Boiled egg yolk separated from the white and placed in a white bowl.
  • In a mortar, work the garlic cloves into a paste (may use the blade of a knife or, alternatively, chop the garlic very fine).
    4 garlic
    Garlic paste on a serving size copper color spoon.
  • Place the fresh egg yollks and garlic paste in an immersion blender cup; blend briefly to combine; add the salt, horseradish, cooked egg yolk, Parmesan cheese and the lemon juice.
    1 egg yolk, 2 egg yolks, 1/2 tsp salt, 4 garlic, 1 tbsp horseradish, 1 tbsp Parmesan cheese, 2 tbsp lemon juice
    Egg and garlic mixture lightly beaten in the immersion blender cup.
  • Start adding the oil over a continuous and slow drip until incorporated and thickened; place in the refrigerator till ready to serve.
    1 cup oil
    Aioli displayed in a jar with some black salt dusted on the top and a few of the main raw ingredients.

Steps for the kabobs

  • Gather your ingredients.
    Ingredients displayed in two separate blue plates.
  • Prepare the marinade: in a bowl combine the oil, wine, chopped rosemary leaves and garlic clove; place the wooden skewers in a bowl and cover with water; let them sit to soak.
    1 rosemary, 1/4 cup wine, 4 tbsp olive oil, 1 garlic
    Ingredients of the marinade displayed in a green bowl with the skewers soaking in water in a separate bowl.
  • Place the meat on a cutting board and cut the meat into cubes, about 1 inch thick; drop the meat chunks in the bowl and let marinade for about 30 minutes or even overnight for extra flavor.
    1 lb beef
    Beef chunks marinating in a green bowl. Skewers soaking in a different white bowl.
  • Meanwhile, wash the peppers, remove the stems, seeds and white veins and cut into 1 inch pieces; peel and cut the onions into half or quarters, if they are bigger; cut the bacon inti 1 inch pieces.
    1/2 lb small onions, 1 red bell pepper, 1 yellow or orange bell pepper, 4 slices bacon
    Chopped vegetables and bacon displayed side by side on parchment and a plate.
  • Preheat the rill or start a fire on your wood chip grill, which is today's grilling choice. In italy it's very common to cook on hot ambers.
    Wood fire oven.
  • Start building the skewers; place one chunk of onion, one piece of meat, a sage leaf, a piece of bacon and a piece of bell pepper and continue on with this pattern. You should have about 4-5 pieces of meat on each skewer. Continue until all the ingredients are evenly arranged on the skewers. Should make about 12 spiedini.
    1 lb beef, 4 slices bacon, 1/2 lb small onions, 1 red bell pepper, 1 yellow or orange bell pepper, 1 sage, salt and pepper
    Spiedini displayed on a plate prior to being cooked.
  • Just before cooking, season the spiedini with salt and pepper; place them on the grill once the ambers are ready, turning frequently and brushing with any leftover marinade. Cook for about 20 minutes. Serve immediately with the horseradish aioli and enjoy. Buon appetito
    Spiedini being grilled over hot ambers.

Notes

Caminetto or wood fire grill.
Spiedini is a classic skewer that is part of the traditional Italian barbeque, where a variety of meat is grilled over hot ambers, and served with a side of polenta, cooked beans, and a salad or cooked vegetables. 
This Italian staple is prepared with a multitude of different ingredients, sometimes different meats are used, such as beef and chicken or even sausage. The different meats are then alternated by vegetables and charred over the fire. 
The ritual of “cucinare la carne alla brace“, literally cook meat over hot coals, takes place mostly on weekends or on holidays, where the whole family gathers to celebrate and spend time together.
My dad, Carlo, used to cook carne alla brace every Sunday for lunch. He would start by getting some good firewood on the grill and the wait time for the ambers to be ready would usually be spent visiting and having a little aperitivo, called spritz, made with the classic Prosecco, some Aperol liquer, and a slice of orange.
This was family time that happened almost religiously, every Sunday!
Above you can see pictures of the traditional caminetto that my brother uses to grill meat and polenta. The pictures were taken during a trip to Italy in August of 2017. We were all celebrating the Italian holiday known as Ferragosto.
On a different note: the horseradish aioli recipe makes about 10 servings. The serving per person is about 2 tablespoons. Any leftovers can be refrigerated and make an excellent substitution for mayo in sandwiches.
Calories: 416kcal
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Italian
Keyword: aioli, barbeque, beef and vegetables kabobs, beef and vegetables kebobs, dipping sauce, festive food, flavorful, grilled, herb and garlic marinade, horseradish dip, kabobs, kebobs, low carb, make ahead, marinade, Quick & Easy, quick and easy, steak, steak dipping sauce, steak marinade, weekend gathering

Nutrition

Serving: 3spiedini | Calories: 416kcal | Carbohydrates: 11.2g | Protein: 23g | Fat: 30.2g | Saturated Fat: 6.2g | Fiber: 1.8g

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