Yogurt-Marinated Beef Kebabs with Calabrian Chile Tapenade
With the summer months coming into full swing I love recipes that are light, delicious and easy to execute indoors or out. Enter this beef kebab recipe: Calabrian chiles bring a unique spice to a classic, and the yogurt marinade gives the beef a nice tang. A tapenade of the chiles with artichoke hearts, olives and feta is a bright topping that’s perfect for summer. It’s a dish that’s easy to make and even easier to eat.
Soak three 8-inch wooden skewers in water for at least 20 minutes.
In a medium bowl, combine the yogurt, lemon juice, dill, mint and 2 tablespoons of the olive oil and mix thoroughly. Reserve 1/4 cup of this mixture for plating. Add the beef to the remaining mixture, toss to coat and refrigerate for 15 minutes.
Preheat a grill pan or large heavy skillet over high heat for 3 minutes or until smoking. Thread the beef equally on the skewers and sprinkle with salt and pepper. Pour the vegetable oil into the pan or skillet and cook the skewers on all four sides until very dark grill marks appear, about 1 1/2 minutes per side. Remove the skewers from the pan and set aside to rest for 3 minutes.
Meanwhile, make a tapenade by combining the remaining 2 tablespoons olive oil, Calabrian chiles, artichoke hearts, olives, feta, roasted red pepper and parsley in a small bowl.
To serve, place the reserved yogurt mixture evenly in the middle of 2 serving plates. Top with the beef and tapenade and sprinkle with additional parsley. Enjoy!