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Thursday, July 28, 2005 

Sizzling Skewers

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

Peru: Anticuchos

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.