Welcome to the final day, Day #6 of Kick Off to Summer Week, a multi-blogger event co-host by Lauren of From Gate to Plate and Summer of Summer Scraps. With summer quickly approaching and Memorial Day in a few weeks, we wanted to make sure you had plenty of ideas for your Memorial Day activities. For the past six days we have been serving up a variety of different appetizers, main dishes, desserts, decor, printables and more all centered around the up-coming Memorial Day. We hope you enjoyed all of these wonderful ideas and thank you for tuning in each day. We have great prizes up for grabs and you will not want to miss out on any of the days! Be sure to check out previous days out here. Follow #KickOffToSummerWeek2014 on Twitter to keep up to date with all of our spectacular ideas and giveaways!
I can honestly say it isn’t quite summer until we start cooking on the grill. There are several reasons why I love grilling our meals. The first is that using the grill outdoors we don’t have to heat up the kitchen when it’s hot outside. The second reason is that grilled food just tasted better. The last reason I love grilling is because it’s just healthier.
Most times when we grill I just marinate the meat for a few hours and Frank throws the meat on the grill. There isn’t a whole lot of thought to it and I basically thrown in any seasonings and spices I think would be good that day. Every now and then I do follow a recipe when I’m looking for something a little bit different.
For those of you that follow my blog, you know that last year we had a CSA share and that every Wednesday I posted recipes from the previous weeks CSA. If you want to check out those recipes simply go HERE.
I wanted to use some of my CSA share and Greek pork kebabs sounded wonderful! I love that they are served over rice along side of tzatziki sauce. The marinade really flavored the meat and softened it up for the grill. I as able to use peppers, cucumbers, onion, fresh oregano, and garlic scapes from our share the past week.
The kabobs tasted great with the vegetables and rice and it was nice having a dipping sauce to cool everything down. Both Frank and I thought that these kebabs were delicious!
Greek Pork Kebabs with Tzatziki Sauce (adapted from Cooking Club of America)
1 1/2 lb. boneless pork loin, cut into 1 1/2 inch cubes
3 T. olive oil
2 T. oregano, chopped
1 t. sea salt
1 t. black pepper
4 garlic cloves, minced
1 t. onion powder
3 T. lemon juice
2 T. red wine vinegar
1 T. grated lemon peel
1 red pepper, cut into 1 1/2 inch pieces
1 green pepper, cut into 1 1/2 inch pieces
1 onion, cut into 1 1/2 inch pieces
For the Tzatziki:
1 c. plain Greek yogurt
1/2 cucumbers, chopped
2 garlic scapes, minced (or garlic cloves)
2 T. lemon juice
1 t. salt
1/2 t. black pepper
1/2 t. oregano
1. In a small bowl combine all ingredients for the Tzatziki sauce. Mix well and refrigerate until ready to serve.
2. In a large gallon size zip top bag, combine the olive oil, sea salt, black pepper, garlic,
onion powder, lemon juice, red wine vinegar, and lemon peel. Shake well to mix. Add in the pork loin and allow to marinate in the refrigerator for 2-6 hours.
3. Heat a gas grill to medium high heat. Remove the pork loin from the marinade and thread onto metal skewers along with the red peppers, green peppers, and onion. Sprinkle with salt and pepper.
4. Grill the skewers for 5-7 minutes or each side or until cooked through. Remove from grill and serve over top of rice along with the Tzatziki sauce.
Don’t forget to check out the rest of my blogger friends who’ve participated in this great event and show them how much you’ve enjoyed this week… drop them a line and show some love 🙂
Grilled Garlic and Basil Rubbed Pork Chops by From Gate to Plate
Mango Lassi by The Haas Machine
Shrimp and Corn Salsa Shooters by It’s Yummi
15 Barbecue Favorites by Summer Scraps
Greek Pork Kebabs with Tzatziki by Hezzi-D’s Books and Cooks
Favorite Popcorn Balls by Forty Eighteen
Making Memorial Day a Family Affair by Bits of Ivory
Sea Breeze Punch by Keep it Simple, Sweetie
Steak Sandwich Stackers by Lady Behind the Curtain
Memorial Day Whoopie Pies by The Freshman Cook
Steak Verde Tacos by Clarks Condensed
Red, White and Blue Sangria by Love in the Kitchen
Sriracha Coleslaw by It’s a Keeper
Lemon Pomegranate Punch by Food Lust People Love
Peanut Butter Cup S’mores by Little Dairy on the Praire
Teriyaki Chicken and Vegetable Kebabs by Like Mother, Like Daughter
Vintage Patriotic Book Craft by We Like to Learn as We Go
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Good Luck and thank you for partying along with us this week!