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Fun, Healthy Finger Foods Add New Life to Barbecues - Everyone, for the most part, likes to barbecue. However, after years with the same menu, many may desire a change from the traditional barbecue fare - hot dogs and burgers. Inventing a new dish that will cook well on the grill can be nerve-wracking, not to mention time consuming when summer parties are in fell swing.
Graduations, weddings, backyard fetes - summer's the season for get-togethers and celebrations with friends and family. With all of the excitement going on, who wants to be stuck in the kitchen working hard to whip up delight after gourmet delight? A better idea may be to stick to simple, easy recipes that are no less delicious and allow you plenty of opportunity to relax and enjoy your guests.
Finger foods like these sate beef sticks make a great party option. Light, healthy, easy to prepare, these dishes get any party off and running in style, and are perfect for either the grill or broiler.
Soak 20 short wooden skewers in water for one hour to prevent them from burning. To make the marinade, add the ground aniseed, cumin, turmeric and coriander to the shallot, garlic, ginger, lemon grass and brown sugar in a medium bowl. Mix well and add the oil and soy sauce.
Thread a strip of beef onto each wooden skewer and place in a a shallow dish. Thoroughly coat in the marinade and refrigerate for two to three hours. <`>To make the sate sauce, put the garlic into a small saucepan and cover with cold water. Bring to a boil and simmer for three minutes, refresh under cold water, then drain and finely chop. Combine the garlic with the peanut butter, coconut milk and 1/4 cup water in a medium saucepan. Stir over medium heat for one to two minutes, or until smooth and thick, then add the Tabasco, honey, lemon juice and soy sauce. Stir until the sauce is warm and thoroughly blended. If the mixture starts to separate, stir in one to two teaspoons of water. Cover with plastic wrap and place in the refrigerator until ready to use.
Preheat a broiler or barbecue until hot. Cook the beef sate sticks for one to two minutes on each side, turning three or four times during cooking. Once they are cooked, arrange on a plate and serve with the sate sauce.
Serving Size: Makes 20
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