Sizzling skewers - Biting into the worldwide appeal of meat on a stick
By Jennifer Tomaro and Ryan Miller,
Spain: Chicken Skewers with Yogurt Mint Sauce
Japan: Ume Chicken Skewers
Southeast Asia: Thai-Style Chicken Satay with Sweet Pepper Sauce
Peruvian-Caribbean: Lamb Skewers with Mint Mojo
Middle East: Ground Beef Kebabs (pictured)
Almost every culture has its own take on skewered meat, but one theme connects them all: ease in cooking and eating. Just think -- corn dogs at the fair, a whole meal in one hand, leaving the other hand free to interact with the world, or hold dessert, which might also come attached to a stick.
The varied preparations of skewered meat, whether simple or intricate, are uncomplicated and easy to cook, and offer near-instant gustatory gratification.