About this recipe:Tempting Oriental steak bites, all dressed up for a party! Let these snacks-on-a-skewer kick off your next gathering. Prepare them ahead, so they're ready for grilling in an instant. They're lean enough to be heart-healthy!
350g (12oz) sirloin steak, cut 2.5cm (1in) thick, trimmed of all excess fat
3 large yellow or red peppers, each cut into 8 triangles
4 spring onions, cut into 7.5cm (3in) pieces
For the dipping sauce
125ml (4floz) rice vinegar
55g (2oz) finely chopped red pepper
2 tbsp caster sugar
1 tbsp finely chopped shallot
1½ tsp grated fresh root ginger
1–1½ tsp chilli-garlic sauce
½ tsp grated lemon zest
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Method Prep:25min › Cook:15min › Ready in:40min
Soak twenty-four 15cm (6in) wooden or bamboo skewers in water for 30 minutes. Freeze the steak for 20 minutes.
To make the dipping sauce, mix together the vinegar, red pepper, sugar, shallot, ginger, chilli-garlic sauce and lemon zest in a small serving bowl.
Blanch the peppers in boiling water for 1 minute. Drain, rinse with cold water and pat dry with kitchen paper. Toss in a medium bowl with 2 tablespoons of the dipping sauce.
Preheat the grill to high. Slice the steak into 24 very thin strips, then thread a beef strip, a pepper triangle and a piece of spring onion on to each skewer, twisting the meat round the vegetables. Grill for 3–5 minutes on each side or until cooked through. Serve the satay hot, with the rest of the dipping sauce.
Some more ideas
*Make these satay sticks with chicken or turkey breast or pork fillet instead of steak. *You can vary the vegetables too. Try mushrooms (button or larger ones cut into pieces), courgette rounds, mangetout – whatever you enjoy! *To make the dipping sauce less hot, just omit the chilli-garlic sauce.
Red meat can be part of a healthy eating plan as long as you consume it in healthy portion sizes. Lean beef is an important source of B vitamins and iron, and also provides outstanding protein that your body needs. Make sure, though, that your meals contain far more vegetables and whole grains than meat.