Looking to have your kids help with Father's Day Dinner? It is important to get your kids involved in the cooking process as young as possible. Cooking with kids is fun and it teaches them math, science, and reading skills, plus it gives them fine motor and sensory stimulation. Cooking healthy foods with kids helps them to become familiar with the foods and gives them more interest in trying something they haven't tried or liked before. Cooking with skewers is a great way to start cooking with kids. Below are some tips to teach along the way and a perfect recipe to have them prepare for dad on his special day!
The following tricks for using skewers will improve your grilling and simplify the kabob-making process.
-Soak wooden skewers in water for 30 minutes before using them so they won't burn during cooking.
-If you prefer metal skewers, which have a long life, use square or twisted types, which will hold the food better than round ones.
-To keep food from slipping off during cooking and turning, use two skewers rather than a single skewer.
-If you're using a wooden skewer, as you thread the food move the pieces close together, with no space showing. If the skewer is metal, you can leave small spaces between the pieces.
-When using foods with different cooking times (such as shrimp and beef), don't combine them on the same skewer. Instead, make skewers of just shrimp or just beef, start cooking the beef first, and then combine them on a serving platter.
Skewered Grilled Chicken Wings
Yields 1 dozen
1 dozen chicken wings
1 Jar of Bellisari's Saigon Street Sauce
1/3 c pineapple juice
1 c pineapple, chunked (optional)
Season as desired, salt, pepper, and garlic powder
Garnish with chopped green onion or sesame seeds if desired
Marinate the raw chicken wings for an hour in the pineapple juice. Remove from marinade and thread the wings onto the skewers evenly (3 or 4 per skewer) and add one chunk of pineapple on the end of each one. Season with salt, pepper, and garlic powder and set aside in the fridge.
Preheat the grill to medium heat or 350. Grill the skewers on both sides for approximately 5 minutes each. Begin basting the skewers on both sides with Bellisari's Saigon Street Sauce and grill for approximately 20 minutes or until the wings are cooked through.
Garnish with green onions or sesame seeds if desired.