Saturday, January 15, 2011
BARBECUE BRANCH SKEWER
Can one ever have enough barbeque tools? This barbeque gadget, the “Barbecue Branch Skewer”, was under the Christmas tree. It is very unique looking and has a lot of sharp points. It is advertised as being able to hold twice as much food as a traditional skewer and it is perfect for kabobs, sausage, vegetables and more. Well, we shall see.
Tonight’s dinner would consist of a couple of nicely marbled New York steaks from Angelo’s Meats. It probably would be a good idea to put a couple of vegetables on the plate for color contrast. Some nice fingerling potato’s, red potato's, mushrooms and believe it or not Brussel sprouts were blanched in some boiling salted water. This vegetable mixture was cooled and placed into a marinade of garlicky Italian dressing. After a little soaking the vegetables were arranged on this Christmas tree looking skewer device. It did look a little cute.
A hot smoky fire was the trial test of our new utensil. The handle almost caught on fire and will have a permanent scar from its ordeal. It did make the turning of the vegetables easy except I had to wear my welder gloves to grab the handle.
We had a wonderful dinner. This may be the first time I actually enjoyed Brussel sprouts. The Barbecue Branch Skewer did its job as advertised. The handle has some nice fire scarring and will survive. In fact it will have a perfect resting spot in the back of the gadget drawer.