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Wednesday, September 10, 2008

Thai Curry Beef Skewers + Guest Writer for Martha Stewart

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I’m a guest writer over at Dinner Tonight Martha Stewart Everyday Food! Have you been to their website? They’ve got thousands of recipes, all of them simple and perfect for dinner tonight.

My kids made Thai Curry Beef Skewers and Grilled Banana with Dark Chocolate for them. Come on over to Martha Stewart Everyday Food’s website and take a look. The recipe for the MUST MAKE dessert inspired by the lovely Andreaa is over there.

I love it when my two young sons — 3 years old and 5 years old — help me in the kitchen. It’s good to nurture an interest in responsible nutrition and teach them correct food pairings, like how super-thin, shatter-crisp Lay’s potato chips are much better stacked between a hamburger bun and patty than something big and smushy like a chocolate Ho-Ho.

We have one small rolling stool in the kitchen perfect for just one little boy to stand on. Why not two? Well, because physically, my two arms and two eyes can keep track of only one child within arms reach of a smorgasbord of spices and seasonings. Trust me when I tell you that behind my back, they’ve dumped a jar of chili powder in the fried rice just because it needed more color. Well, that evening magically turned into a Happy Meal night. Which, now looking back, seems like an awfully suspicious trick that I’m sure a certain trouble-stirring uncle taught them recently.

But the kids do love to come tinker in the kitchen, especially when it involves food on a stick. You could put anything on a stick and my kids will think it’s like the best meal ever. How do you think I got them to eat brussels sprouts? You skewer them between chocolate dipped marshmallows. To get to the next marshmallow, you’ve got to eat that brussels sprout.

Once Andrew heard we were making Thai Curry Beef Skewers with his favorite fruit in the world, pineapple, on sticks, he went totally nuts and called dibs on skewering duty. One piece of pineapple for the Thai Curry Beef Skewer, one piece of pineapple for Andrew. One for the Thai Curry Beef Skewer, two for Andrew. It took two cans of pineapples to finish the job, but I guess he got his recommended vitamin C ration for the week.

Andrew Making Beef Skewers

Grilled Thai Curry Beef Skewers Recipe

Serves 4
Inspired by Martha Stewart Everyday Food

I have tweaked Martha Stewart Everyday Food’s Grilled Thai Curry Beef Skewers recipe just a little, adding fresh lime juice and using pineapple juice in place of some of the honey and brown sugar. The pineapple juice will also help tenderize the meat. Thai curry paste can be found in any Asian market and in the international aisle of your supermarket. Although Thai curry is normally spicy, we’re using only 1 tablespoon of the curry paste so that even the little ones can enjoy this dish. If you do enjoy spice, feel free to add another tablespoon to the recipe. Store the remaining paste in a covered jar or plastic container in the refrigerator. It will last several weeks if properly stored.

Grilled Thai Curry Beef Skewers Recipe

Ingredients
1 can (20 ounces) pineapple chunks, 2 tablespoons of the juice reserved
2 tablespoons honey
2 tablespoons packed brown sugar
1/4 cup soy sauce
2 tablespoons freshly squeezed lime juice
1 teaspoon vegetable, canola, or peanut oil
1 tablespoon Thai red curry paste
1 1/2 pounds top sirloin beef, cut into 1 inch cubes
1 red onion, quartered, layers separated

Directions
1. If grilling outdoors, prepare your grill for high, direct heat. If broiling in your kitchen, heat the broiler with rack set 4 inches from heat. Line a rimmed baking sheet with aluminum foil. Soak 8 wooden skewers (12 inches each) in a pan of water.

2. In a medium bowl, whisk together the 2 tablespoons of the reserved pineapple juice, honey, brown sugar, soy sauce, lime juice, oil, and red curry paste. Reserve half of the sauce for serving (pour into a separate bowl.)

3. Add the beef to the marinade and let sit for 10 minutes at room temperature. Thread the beef, onion, and pineapple onto skewers. Grill on your outdoor grill or under broiler for 5 to 7 minutes, flipping halfway, until medium-rare.

Andrew enjoying Thai Curry Beef Skewers

Andrew enjoying Thai Curry Beef Skewers

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41 Responses to “Thai Curry Beef Skewers + Guest Writer for Martha Stewart”

  1. Jason Sandeman — 9/10/08 @ 11:39 am

    Andrew looks so cute skewering and eating the brochettes. I am glad you are teaching him about food at his age, and the respect that goes with it. I was taught in the same way when I was his age. I believe that is what contributes to my passion today.

    Congrats on the writing assignment. I could only dream about that. One thing that would be cool about this recipe is to replace the brown sugar with some palm sugar, if it could be found.

    I think I will try this one. Thanks for that Jaden!

  2. Kristen — 9/10/08 @ 11:44 am

    These look so good! I think I’ll have to try them tonight with chicken instead. Are those garlic scallion noodles on the side? Congrats on the Martha Stewart gig!

  3. daphne — 9/10/08 @ 12:29 pm

    Goodness me! Congratulations on your the guest writing role-very exciting indeed!! Cheeky children with the chilli powder- hehe.
    Great idea on the skewers. In time for Spring.

  4. mimi — 9/10/08 @ 1:34 pm

    congrats on the martha writing! i love skewers and hope to try this recipe for one last bbq before cold weather arrives. little andrew looks so serious putting together his!

  5. mikky — 9/10/08 @ 1:46 pm

    my… your Andrew is really so adorable… your skewers, simply fab!!!… and Jaden, may you continue to shine… you deserve it… Cheers!!! :)

  6. andreea — 9/10/08 @ 4:19 pm

    janden, absolutely lovely! not only are your sons adorable (everyone should convert to cooking after watching them cook!) – but you also come up with the greatest ideas.
    and the concentration in andrew’s eyes! pricess :)
    love,
    andreea

  7. Esi — 9/10/08 @ 4:36 pm

    Your son is so cute putting together those beautiful skewers. Congrats on the Everyday Food job! It’s one of my favorite sites.

  8. Mike — 9/10/08 @ 5:29 pm

    You’re taking over the internet! Congrats on the MS gig. As always, the Andrew photos make me chuckle (and mmm, chili powder rice, lol). And the skewers have my stomach growling…sounds like I need to get out of work and hurry home now!

  9. Andrew can come and cook in my kitchen any time! Lovely photos, and congrats on the writing gig.

  10. Congrats Jaden – I love that site! Your son is sooo cute! Careful, he may be your future competition! :)

  11. Asianmommy — 9/10/08 @ 9:23 pm

    I love your brussels sprouts trick!

  12. Passionate Eater — 9/10/08 @ 10:17 pm

    You are so incredible Jaden–congrats on everything (Dave Lieberman–who most likely was amazed by your HOTNESS, Martha’s mag, etc.) P.S. Andrew is the handsomest boy ever and I am afraid for the women of the future–look out girls! There will be a heartbreaker on the loose!

  13. noobcook — 9/10/08 @ 11:45 pm

    Woah, congratulations!! The photos are adorable :)

  14. Congratulations on the Martha gig! And these skewers are adorable. And Andrew too. ;)

  15. kat — 9/11/08 @ 3:41 am

    dave lieberman, martha…amazing stuff, way to go!

  16. coffee — 9/11/08 @ 9:50 am

    Your boys are adorable Jaden…. I am ready to smuggle them anytime!! haha and I am a pineapple lover too!!

  17. Debbie — 9/11/08 @ 10:07 am

    Wow! I think the Food Network will soon be calling soon! Congratualtions and what a handsome little co-host you have.

  18. Tina — 9/11/08 @ 11:49 am

    These look amazing! They’d be fun to make at a party! :)

  19. finsbigfan — 9/11/08 @ 11:56 am

    2 cans pineapple chunks = $3.00

    Watching son making skewers = Priceless

    P.S. Great recipe—love, love, love the marinade!

  20. keropokman — 9/13/08 @ 3:22 am

    I wonder if I am the only guy who reads Martha Stewart’s magazine. LOL..
    I shall visit the sites for recipes, errr… actually for ideas of what to eat and hunt for it.

    Those skewers look absolutely delicious. Time for satay tonite. :-)

  21. Kathy Williams — 9/13/08 @ 1:48 pm

    You’re fast becoming a National treasure Jaden (Andrew too) – go girl! (Or should I say ‘go grill’?) Nice one, well done!

  22. chuck — 9/13/08 @ 4:59 pm

    I couldn’t agree with you more. It’s just as easy to teach our children to eat healthy as it is to teach them to eat unhealthy. You can find so many easy recipes on the internet that there is no excuses. Those skewers look delicious!

  23. Hi Jaden,

    I have been out of the food blog loop for a bit, but upon my return, SO EXCITED to read about all of your amazing adventures!! Congratulations on your book and all of your appearances – I’m so thrilled for you, beyond words!

    -Dawn

  24. phet — 9/14/08 @ 4:49 pm

    Great blog!! Your son is sooo cute!

  25. Paula — 9/14/08 @ 5:59 pm

    WOW! How exciting that must be to do that with your kids! Great recipe and photos, too. I’ll go check out that website. Well done, mom!

  26. Maya — 9/15/08 @ 7:03 am

    Congrats on the MS gig. Your little guy is too cute!

  27. Alisa — 9/15/08 @ 11:05 am

    Andrew looks so adorable! And the beef skewers look really yummy with andrew holding it :)

    http://www.foodista.com

  28. Marysol — 9/15/08 @ 11:15 am

    You tweaked aunt Martha’s recipe? Oh Jaden, it was nice knowing you.

    But, the Thai Beef Skewers look absolutely delicious. Btw, that skewer trick would never work on my little simian. He’d probably dive into the marshmallows the same way one would tackle corn on the cob, or the way cute little Andrew demonstrates in the last picture. But, that’s not going to stop me from giving it a try.

  29. Lynn — 9/15/08 @ 3:00 pm

    You must be so proud of your cooking buddy; he’s a keeper for sure. As are the beef skewers. They look wonderful.

  30. Yu Ming Lui — 9/17/08 @ 2:14 am

    Sounds awesome! I tend to make my kebabs with cumin but this is an interesting combination of flavours — Thai red curry and pineapple.

  31. You and Martha – cool! Watch out world.

  32. You’re a guest writer everywhere, ain’t ya?

    Fantastic looking skewers, as always. Damn your consistent brilliancy :p

  33. eliza — 9/20/08 @ 12:02 am

    i love everyday food’s website and they have the show too. way to go Jaden! your Andrew is very cute!

  34. Maggie — 9/20/08 @ 9:35 am

    I love that you had your son help with these. They sound delicious!

  35. Chinamatt — 9/21/08 @ 6:23 am

    Sounds really good. Wish I had a grill here so I could have a little variety aside from the Xinjiang barbecue down the street.

  36. FlaNBoyant Eats — 9/21/08 @ 11:02 am

    Girl Andrew looks like he’s going to stealthly injur someone with that stick! lol. how adorable.. the smile! ….. Everyday food is great too. Been reading it for a while now… I’d love to get on.. We’ll see.

    Let’s catch up in email. I’m been far away from reading regularly with so much going on… I’m sure you too… hope ur well..

  37. HeidifromSavoryTv — 9/21/08 @ 1:20 pm

    Congratulations! Great article and photos, and I love the roasted banana idea!

  38. Seeing the boys in your kitchen ALMOST makes us wanna have 6 kids(we could use the x-tra prep cooks and dishwashers too). BUT, there’s no gurantee that they’ll be as cute as Andrew and Nathan! So in the meantime, we’ll just borrow them for a few days. Fly them over when we feel like being parents for a few days! ;)

    Love the article and the pictures. What a great insight to life in the kitchen with the little ones. That should be the subject of your next cookbooks! Cooking with kids!

  39. Pieg!rl — 9/24/08 @ 7:19 pm

    Jaden, I’m assuming the soy sauce goes into the marinade as well….? :) Making this for dinner tonight!

  40. Pieg!rl — 10/1/08 @ 10:56 pm

    The marinade for this recipe works well with tofu, too! I just tried pan frying some slices of tofu after draining them on paper towels, then poured the marinade over to braise. Yum!

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