Add some sizzle to your dining experience with these sweet & savory skewers!
½ cup low-sodium soy sauce
1 Tbsp sesame oil, toasted
2 Tbsp rice vinegar
3 Tbsp brown sugar
¼ cup kochi chang
2 Tbsp ginger, minced
2 Tbsp shallots, minced
2 Tbsp garlic, minced
1 chile, red, minced fine
1 tsp fish sauce
1 Asian pear, peeled and minced fine
1 lb flank steak, trimmed
3 each scallions, minced
½ tsp black sesame seeds
2 cups red California grapes, stemmed
8, 8-inch wooden skewers, soaked in water
For the marinade:
In a small mixing bowl, combine the soy sauce, sesame oil, rice vinegar, brown sugar, kochi chang, ginger, shallots, garlic, red chiles, fish sauce, and chopped Asian pear. Toss to combine and measure out 1 cup to set aside for a dipping sauce later. Trim the flank steak and cut into 1/8-inch thick slices, cutting against the grain of the meat. Add the flank steak slices to the marinade, mix well, and let marinate for 1-2 hours.
For the steak-grape skewers:
Soak the skewers in water overnight. Remove the meat from the marinade and skewer about 1-2 oz. per stick; make sure to leave about 2-inch of space at the front end to skewer grapes after cooking. Set aside until ready to grill.
To cook the skewers and finish the dish:
Preheat a grill to medium-high heat, and brush with oil to season. To the reserved dipping sauce, add the minced scallions and the black sesame seeds. Grill each skewer for about 3-4 minutes per side, marking them with grill marks. Once they are cooked, remove from the grill and spear 3 grapes each onto sharp end of the skewer.
Garnish with black sesame seeds.
Serves 8 skewers
Nutritional analysis per skewer: Calories 150; Protein 13g; Carbohydrate 14g; Fat 5g (27% Calories from Fat); Saturated Fat 1.5g (9% Calories from Saturated Fat); Cholesterol 30 mg; Sodium 480mg; Fiber 1g.