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Grilled Skewers of Beef with Garlic and Bay Leaves Espetadas

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Espetadas are a typical grilled Portuguese dish whose key ingredients are simple: Beef, garlic, salt, and bay leaves. There's not a whole lot more to the recipe, and it's not only easy to prepare, it's fast, too.

Serves: 8

Cooking Time: 10 min

  • 3 pounds beef tenderloin, cut into 1-inch cubes
  • 4 large garlic cloves, finely slivered
  • 4 large bay leaves, crumbled
  • 1/3 cup melted unsalted butter
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  1. Place all ingredients in a shallow baking dish and toss well.
  2. Let marinate in the refrigerator 2 hours or up to 2 days, tossing the mixture occasionally.
  3. Let stand at room temperature while preparing the grill.
  4. Thread the beef on 6 or 8 long metal skewers, dividing the total amount evenly.
  5. Heat the marinade in a small saucepan 2 to 3 minutes, brush lightly over the espetada.
  6. Pour the remaining marinade into a small heavy saucepan and set at the edge of a grill, adjusted so that it is about 5 inches above white-hot coals.
  7. Lay the skewered beef on the grill and cook, turning often, about 5 minutes for very rare, 7 minutes for rare, and 9 to 10 for medium-rare, brushing frequently with marinade.

You can also cook the espetadas in your oven's broiler, if you don't feel like grilling them.  To do so, lay the skewers on a lightly greased broiler pan, place 5 to 6 inches from the heat, then broil, turning frequently.  Cook about 6 minutes for very rare, 8 minutes for rare, and 10 for medium-rare. Brush frequently with marinade.

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