I can’t believe we are almost half way through August and I have yet to post a recipe for the barbeque! Well its time to fire up your grill because I have an easy, and seriously delicious recipe for you.
I have been dreaming about this flavour combination for quite awhile, but when I finally had a chance to put it all together the flavours completely exceeded my expectations. Cubes of beef are tenderized overnight in a honey and balsamic marinade and then grilled on skewers with slices of crisp red onion and sweet figs. The soft and sweet figs perfectly contrast the red onion with its crisp crunch while the beef is melt in your mouth tender and dripping with juices.
When choosing your figs, try to pick those which are free from bruising and firm to the touch as they will stay together better when grilled. Fresh figs are normally only found in grocery stores between the months of June and October when they are in season (perfectly corresponding with the best time of year for barbequing!).
A platter of these skewers makes for a delicious dinner, but I enjoyed them just as much the following day mixed into a salad. These skewers are full of so much flavor they don’t need any additional sauces, but if you want to make them look a little more gourmet, drizzle them with a balsamic reduction or crumble a bit of blue cheese overtop. Happy barbequing!
- 1½ tbsp honey
- ¼ cup balsamic vinegar
- ¼ cup olive oil
- 1 clove garlic, crushed
- 1 tsp fresh thyme, chopped
- ½ a small white onion, finely grated
- salt and pepper
- 250g steak (rump, tenderloin or fillet)
- 1 large red onion
- 6 figs
- If using wooden skewers, soak them in water for a minimum of 30 minutes to ensure they don't burn
- In a bowl, whisk together the honey, balsamic, olive oil, crushed garlic, thyme and grated onion until well combined.
- Cut the beef into small bite sized pieces and place in a deep dish or bowl. Pour the marinade overtop and put in the fridge to marinate for a minimum of 4 hours but preferably overnight.
- Set your barbecue to medium heat
- On a skewer place a cube of beef, slice of red onion and fig, repeat until full. Continue with the remaining skewers. Do not throw away the excess marinade
- Place the skewers on the grill and lightly brush with the marinade. Cook for approximately 7 minutes, turning every few minutes to ensure even cooking. Be sure to brush the skewers a few times with marinade while cooking.
- Before serving sprinkle with salt, pepper and thyme and serve.