I think we can safely say that we have hit irish Summer. People are scrambling to have BBQ’s, picnics and garden parties while the weather allows and every beer garden or pub with the foresight to throw a few chairs outside on the footpath is thronged with people leaning back, relaxed and enjoying the opportunity to wear their sunglasses.
Staying with a Summer theme these pork skewers are great for cooking on a BBQ or indoors under the grill. The combination or pork and pineapple always works and the aroma of the pineapple slowly caramelizing over or under the grill is amazing. If you have the time prep the pork early in the day or the night before and leave in the fridge so the pork can marinate in the flavors. If you are using wooden skewers remember to soak them in water in advance of grilling so that they don’t burn.
600 gram pork fillet (one standard sized pork fillet)
2 inch piece of ginger, peeled
1 red chili, peeled,deseeded and finely chopped
3 cloves of garlic
1 good handful of coriander
2 tablespoons of Gluten Free Soy sauce
1 tablespoon of Fish Sauce
2 teaspoons of sesame oil
1 tablespoon of honey
Juice and zest of 1 lime
1/2 fresh pineapple
1 red pepper, cut in to 1.5 inch pieces
1 red onion, peeled and cut in to 1.5 inch pieces
1. If you have a food processor combine the ingredients and pulse until you have paste.
2. If doing this by hand, grate the ginger and garlic into a bowl. Finely chop the coriander and add to the garlic & ginger together with the chopped chili. Then add the liquid ingredients & lime zest and stir together.
3. Trim the pork fillet and cut into cubes of about 1.5 inches squared.
4. Add the pork to the marinade and mix together will, cover and leave in the fridge overnight or at least an hour.
5. When the pork is ready peel and core the pineapple and cut in to 1.5 inch pieces. Add the pineapple, onion and red pepper to the pork and stir through.
6. Heat your grill and take the soaked wooden skewers and start putting the skewers together, alternating the pork and vegetables.
7 Brush the skewers with oil and then place under the grill or over your bbq.
8. Turn the skewers as the meat and veg start to brown. Keep the bowl of marinade nearby and every time you turn the skewers brush them with the marinade. Keep turning the skewers until all sides are cooked. Depending on your grill / bbq this could take between 30 and 40 minutes.
9. Test to make sure the pork is cooked through.
Serve the skewers with limes that have been cut in to wedges and any side you want, from rice to salad, wedges or pitta breads.