SNEAK PEEK: Eat Like a Gilmore

I don’t know if we’ve mentioned our Gilmore Girls fanhood on the blog…well, now’s as good a time as any. Both Mallory and I might be a little Gilmore Girls obsessed. Mallory went to the pop-up Luke’s at 5:30 AM to stand in line for free Luke’s coffee. You can sell me on just about anything tangentially related to GG. So, when I heard there was a unofficial cookbook in the works called, Eat Like a Gilmore, I followed it on Facebook and Instagram.

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Things got better when I found out the release date was slated for October 25th…ONE DAY before my birthday! That meant that I was FOR SURE going to get it, at the very least, as a present to myself.

But wait, there’s more! Things got EVEN better when I saw that Kristi Carlson, the author, was looking for bloggers to try out some of the recipes. I reached out immediately and am here today to share a taste of the Beef Skewers with you. (You may remember them from episode 508 where Richard is living in the pool house and serves up appetizers with the help of his valet.)

Beef Skewers

Makes 5-6 beef skewers

Ingredients

1 lb Top Sirloin Beef
4 Large garlic cloves, smashed
1 tsp Allspice berries
2 tsp Black peppercorns
1 tsp Crushed red pepper
1 tsp Salt
1/4 cup Olive Oil
1/4 cup Red wine vinegar
1 cup Water

Directions

Marinate Meat: Using a sharp knife, cut beef into strips that are 1×1 inch around and 4-5 inches long. Trim all fat off. (I bought the pre-cut beef meant for beef stew at the grocery store and just used 4-5 cubes per stick as a shortcut to avoid trimming all the meat, although that probably sacrifices some meat quality). Place meat into a large zip-locking bag. Add garlic, allspice, peppercorns, red pepper, salt, olive oil, vinegar and water. Zip bag closed. Refrigerate for 1 hr.

Prepare Oven: Turn on broiler. If your broiler is in your oven, place the oven rack on the top rung. Find a large shallow pan–this could be a cookie sheet with edges on it or a 9×13-inch metal baking pan (do not use a glass pan for broiling). Line the bottom of the pan with a large piece of aluminum foil, shiny side up. Place wire cooking rack into the pan. (I used my roasting pan for all of this.)

Broil Skewers: Insert a skewer into each piece of meat, lengthwise, so the skewer reaches nearly to the other end of the beef. Place each beef skewer on the rack inside the pan. Place pan in broiler for 4 minutes. Remove pan, carefully flip skewers to the other side, and return pan to broiler for 4 additional minutes. Remove pan from broiler. Use an oven mitt or hot pad to transfer skewers from pan to serving plate.

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I served up the skewers on a bed of red and green bell peppers.

Let me just say, Kristi has inspired me to reconnect with my broiler. These skewers smell fantastic while they’re cooking and my husband liked them so much, he ended up eating most of them himself!

This recipe would be an easy thing to prepare for guests or potluck. I can’t wait to try out all of the other recipes in Eat Like a Gilmore when it arrives at my doorstep!

You too can Eat Like a Gilmore! And through October 24th you can order a signed copy via EatLikeAGilmore.com!

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