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Low-carb beef skewers with grilled onions

Low-carb beef skewers with grilled onions

Ingredients

  • 600 g ground beef or ground lamb
  • 1 tsp coriander seed
  • 1 tsp yellow mustard seeds
  • ½ tsp turmeric
  • ¼ tsp ground black pepper
  • 2 tsp sea salt
  • 125 ml chopped fresh cilantro
  • 2 tbsp cold water
  • 1 tbsp olive oil

Grilled fresh onion

  • 450 g fresh yellow onions in a bundle
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 2 tbsp lemon juice
  • salt and pepper

Tomato and almond pesto

  • 200 g canned whole tomatoes
  • 50 g scalded almonds
  • 1 tbsp sesame seeds
  • 1 – 2 garlic cloves
  • 1 tbsp red wine vinegar
  • ½ tsp salt
  • ¼ tsp ground black pepper
  • 60 ml olive oil

Instructions

  1. Grind the spices with salt and work into the ground beef.
  2. Add finely chopped cilantro and a couple of tablespoons of water. Mix well.
  3. Shape into two oblong patties per serving and mount on skewers. Brush with oil. You can either grill, pan-fry, or use the oven to cook the beef. Regardless of method, be sure to turn the skewers at least once during cooking.
  4. If you chose to cook them in the oven, preheat to 200°C. Cook the skewers for about 20 minutes or until the meat is cooked to your liking.
  5. Serve with grilled fresh onion and tomato and almond pesto.

Grilled fresh onion

  1. The onions can be cooked either in the oven or on a grill. The results are slightly different but equally tasty.
  2. Preheat the oven to 200°C. Split the onions lengthwise and place in a baking dish.
  3. Drizzle oil and lemon juice on top and season to taste. Roast in the oven for 20 minutes or until the onion is soft and is nicely browned. Preferably, turn the broiler setting on for a couple of minutes towards the end.
  4. If the onions are going to be cooked on the grill, slice them in half lengthwise and brush with a mixture of the oil and lemon juice. Season with salt and pepper.
  5. Grill for 10-15 minutes depending on size, turning occasionally.

Tomato and almond pesto

  1. Drain the tomatoes and save the juices for another occasion.
  2. Puree tomatoes with the other ingredients using a blender or a food processor.
  3. Add oil towards the end.
  4. Serve directly and store in the fridge afterwards. It will keep for at least a week. You can also freeze it.

Tip!

Soak the skewers in water for about an hour before using. This reduces the chance of a skewer igniting on the grill!