By George Hirsch
Summer in the Hamptons is all about outdoor entertaining. Hamptons Chef and TV Personality George Hirsch offers great tips on how to create the best outdoor party Hamptons Style! Hirsch, a certified Executive Chef, has authored five cookbooks in addition to producing and hosting his own TV series, George Hirsch Living it UP!, which was nationally syndicated for 12 years. Hirsch will unveil his newest TV series this fall on PBS titled George Hirsch Lifestyle.
What’s on the Menu?
Your menu should include a mix of items for a wide audience appeal. A popular and relatively easy summer item on the grill is Kebabs.
King of Kebabs Recipe
Makes 4 servings | Recipe by George Hirsch
1 pound mixed beef, pork tenderloin, and chicken, cut into two inch pieces
2 cloves garlic, chopped fine
1/4 teaspoon ground red (cayenne) pepper
1/2 teaspoon each; ground cumin, dried oregano
1 tablespoon each: fresh parsley and fresh mint
Fresh ground black pepper, to taste
Pinch sea salt
1/4 cup olive oil
2 fresh lemons, sliced
Fresh mint, chopped
1 cup plain Greek yogurt, optional
Use any mixture of onion, peppers, squash, eggplant and mushrooms, cut into 2 inch cubes.
Mix the cut up meat and vegetables. Grease metal skewers with cooking spray or oil. If possible, use long, flat metal skewers. Divide the meat mixture evenly on all skewers (depending on the length of skewer). Push the skewer through the middle of the meat, lengthwise, and alternate with a piece of onion on the skewer, spreading it evenly. Repeat with the other skewers. Season with the garlic, cayenne, cumin, oregano, parsley, mint, black pepper and salt in a bowl. Brush kebabs with the olive oil. Cover and place in refrigerator to chill and allow seasoning to bloom with meat. When ready to grill, brush the outside of meat with additional olive oil. Preheat the grill to high. Place kebabs on very hot grill with lemon slices. After lemon slices brown, place them on top of kebabs while cooking for added flavor and moisture. Grill meat and vegetable kebabs 5 minutes, turning frequently, or until cooked through to desired doneness.
Dips To Serve with Kebabs:
Olive oil, grilled lemons, chopped olives and chopped fresh mint
Tzatziki or chopped cukes, garlic, olive oil, Greek yogurt and dill