Wednesday, 3 June 2009

Simple Pork Shish Kebabs with Soured Cream Dip

Shish kebabs are of course most commonly made with either lamb or beef and - honestly! - the reason these ones are not made with lamb is because somehow a pack of minced pork had found its way in among the minced lamb in my local supermarket and I never noticed until I got home! I therefore decided to carry on anyway with my recipe idea and am glad I did as the finished dish was absolutely delicious.

Ingredients per Person

1/2lb minced or ground pork
1 red chilli pepper
2 cloves of garlic
1/2 tsp dried sage
Salt and freshly ground black pepper

2 tbsp soured cream
2 tsp freshly chopped coriander leaf/cilantro

Generous handful of fresh green salad leaves such as rocket


Prepare the dip first by simply stirring the coriander in to the soured cream. This allows the flavours time to infuse.

De-seed and finely chop the chilli and crush or very finely chop the garlic cloves. Mix the pork, chilli, garlic, sage and seasoning thoroughly together. This is best achieved by hand.

Divide the mixture in to three equal portions and shape as shish kebabs (sausage like.) Take three metal skewers and carefully slide the kebabs on to them. It is of course possible to use wooden skewers if you prefer but be ensure to soak them well beforehand. The added benefit of metal skewers, however, is that they conduct heat in to the centre of the kebabs and help to cook them more quickly and evenly.

The kebabs should be cooked under a moderate grill for about fifteen to twenty minutes until cooked. Alternatively, they would cook very well on an outdoor grill or barbecue. Turn them frequently, remembering to wear a protective glove.

Place the dipping sauce in the centre of a large plate and surround it with the salad leaves before sitting the cooked kebabs on top.

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