Cherry Glazed Smoky Steak Skewers
The Williams household eagerly anticipates the beginning of grill season every year. The majority of our entertaining involves cooking outdoors with our grill or smoker. We love it. We also love steak skewers. But anything on a skewer is really fine by us.
Skewers have become a go-to summer meal for me. Not only do they look appetizing, but you can fit a whole meal on a little stick to throw on the grill for a few minutes. Easy peasy. Slap on some delicious seasoning, marinade or glaze, and you’ve got a restaurant-quality entree in no time flat.
This sweet and smoky cherry glaze is inspired by Spanish flavors. Being slightly obsessed with tapas and small plates, my brain constantly turns over ideas for easily prepared sharable bites. Sirloin is fairly cost effective and dresses up nicely in this glaze. If, like me, you prefer to serve this as a small plate, some little 6″ bamboo skewers will do the trick. Otherwise, this recipe will make plenty to serve two as a main dish.
Anytime you’re grilling steak, the key to getting that nice charring on the crust is to start with completely dry meat. Either pat the meat dry with paper towels, or set it in the fridge uncovered on a paper towel-lined plate for a few hours. Any moisture left on the surface of the meat will only serve to steam your steak on the grill, preventing it from caramelizing properly. Start with dry meat, and you’ll end up with those characteristic grill marks and excellent flavors. As you add the glaze, that caramelized flavor will only intensify. My mouth is watering as I type this!