Spicy Beef & Veggie Skewers with Avocado Dipping Sauce

Hello friends! It’s hump day! We are getting so close to the weekend. Yay!

Broiled Beef and Veggie Skewers with Avocado Dipping Sauce

This upcoming weekend is busy and exciting one for me with a wedding up in Cape Cod (my first time there!), but in general I loooove weekends with no plans. I don’t love the weekend because it’s time that I get to go out to bars late at night, but because it’s time that I get to SLEEP.

If I’m not hosting a dinner party (which is my all-time favorite thing to do), my next favorite thing to do is to curl into bed with a good book or cookbook, go to bed super early, and head to an early workout in the morning. Ahh….bliss.

Broiled Beef and Veggie Skewers with Avocado Dipping Sauce

Going out to an early dinner reservation, going home, and hitting the hay early is fun too — this I can handle. I wish I could but I just cannot survive going out late at night.

beef marinating

Call me an old lady, but I cannot stay out at a restaurant or bar past 10:00 without hitting a wall.

Broiled Beef and Veggie Skewers with Avocado Dipping Sauce

Literally, it gets to the point where I don’t care if Michael Jackson is RESURRECTED FROM THE DEAD, I cannot stay out any longer or else my eyes will start to droop and I turn into a crabby apple.

Broiled Beef and Veggie Skewers with Avocado Dipping Sauce

This is why I love hosting and attending dinner parties over going out to restaurants and bars. It costs so much less, the setting is so more intimate, my family and friends and I can call the shots on the timing of the night, and I’m not keeling over into my cocktail ready to pass out. Plus it’s so much more fun! Do you agree?

Broiled Beef and Veggie Skewers with Avocado Dipping Sauce

I made these broiled beef and veggie skewers for a little senior dinner (aka 5pm cook time!) for my brother, good friend, and hubby a few weeks back and boy did it make me happy.

Broiled Beef and Veggie Skewers with Avocado Dipping Sauce

Our bellies were full at the end of the night, providing us the fuel we needed to head to our jobs, the gym, and school in the wee hours of the morning. I love the idea of food as both fun and fuel. Win for all!

Broiled Beef and Veggie Skewers with Avocado Dipping Sauce

Speaking of dinner parties, I am now available for hire! That’s right, if you or anyone you know in the Chicago area and surrounding suburbs is interested in hosting a dinner party at home for as few as 4 or as many as 30 people, I am available for services including meal planning, grocery shopping, on-site cooking and meal prep, dining and buffet table set-up, and clean-up. I’ll even bring a playlist of good tunes, wipe down your bathroom, and set out tea towels! This service is perfect for busy moms and dads who need to focus their time on running errands and taking care of their kids, graduate school students who need to focus on studying, as well as young and mid-career professionals with full-time jobs who have little time to meal plan and cook but want to enjoy a fun evening with their friends or colleagues, without dropping a chunk of change for a private chef (or on the flipside, are tired of hosting keggers with chips and salsa). No kitchen is too small for me. Oh and did I mention? I will make GOOD, crowd-pleasing food (stuff your guests will actually be excited about and want to eat). Stay tuned for more details and an official launch. In the meantime, please contact peachesandcake@gmail.com for availability and pricing.

Broiled Beef and Veggie Skewers with Avocado Dipping Sauce

Cheers,
Meg

Broiled Spicy Beef and Veggie Skewers with Avocado Dipping Sauce
Makes 4 large servings, ~9 skewers

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For skewers:

  • 1 ½ lbs. boneless sirloin or strip steak, preferably grass-fed, cut into 1-inch cubes
  • 3 Tbsp. extra-virgin olive oil, divided
  • 2 tsp. cumin
  • 2 tsp. paprika
  • 1 tsp. garlic powder
  • 1 tsp. chipotle chile powder (omit if you don’t like spicy)
  • 1 tsp. Kosher salt
  • 1 red bell pepper, cored and sliced into 1-inch squares
  • 1 orange bell pepper, cored and sliced into 1-inch squares
  • 1 yellow bell pepper, cored and sliced into 1-inch squares
  • 1 red onion, cored and sliced into 1-inch squares
  • 1 cup red grape or cherry tomatoes, seasoned with a little olive oil
  • Kosher salt and fresh ground pepper
  • 11-12 wooden skewers

For avocado dipping sauce:

  • 2 large avocados, cored and peeled
  • Juice of 2 limes and 1 lemon (about 1/3 cup citrus juice)
  • Handful of fresh cilantro leaves (about ½ cup)
  • 3 Tbsp. extra-virgin olive oil
  • Pinch of salt
  • Pinch of garlic powder
  • Fresh ground pepper, to taste

To prepare avocado dipping sauce: Place avocado, lime juice, cilantro, olive oil, pinch of salt, pinch of garlic powder, and a few grinds of fresh ground pepper in the bowl of a food processor or blender. Pulse until well blended and smooth. Transfer to a serving bowl, cover with plastic, and place in the refrigerator until ready to serve.

To prepare skewers: First, cover wooden skewers with water and let soak for at least 30 minutes.  Preheat oven to 400 degrees F. Place bell peppers and onions in a bowl. Add 1 Tbsp. olive oil, dash of Kosher salt, fresh ground pepper, and toss. Transfer to a foil-lined baking sheet and roast for about 10 minutes or until tender. Remove from oven and set aside.

Meanwhile, mix cumin, paprika, garlic powder, chipotle chile powder, and Kosher salt in a small bowl. Place meat in a Tupperware container or bowl. Add 2 Tbsp. olive oil and toss. Add spice mixture and toss to cover all sides of meat cubes. Place in refrigerator and let marinate for at least 30 minutes or longer if possible.

Turn oven to broiler setting on HIGH and set rack to upper ¾ position of oven.

Skewer onions, peppers, tomatoes, and beef onto skewers, using 3 beef cubes per skewer. (I skewered the tomatoes on their own sticks because I had one guest who did not like tomatoes.) Season the skewers again with a little salt and pepper.

Place skewers on the foil-lined baking sheet. Place on rack set on upper ¾ of oven and broil for about 6 minutes or until meat is cooked through. Every oven is different, be careful not to overcook!

Transfer skewers to a serving plate and cover tightly with foil until ready to serve. Serve with avocado dipping sauce.

Broiled Beef and Veggie Skewers with Avocado Dipping Sauce

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  • http://paleofoodiekitchen.com Jenny @ Paleofoodiekitchen

    This looks so good Meg! So perfect for a summer BBQ :)
    You and me are both old ladies when it comes to not being able to stay out past 10pm. One time hubby and I were at a bar and I kept complaining about the loud music, he said that’s a sign of getting old… LOL

    • http://peachesandcake.wordpress.com Meg

      Hi Jenny! Haha I’m glad I’m not the only one!!! :)

  • http://twitter.com/MrandMrsPmiami Mr. & Mrs. P (@MrandMrsPmiami)

    These looks delicious!!! Perfect for a weekend cookout!!!

  • http://rubiesandradishes.com Arsy

    Avocado dipping sauce looks amazing! I actually made some this weekend too! :) … And congrats on the new business venture! From checking out your delicious recipes on your blog, I am sure you will be super successful!

    • http://peachesandcake.wordpress.com Meg

      Thank you Arsy! I hope so! It’s just in the lightbulb stage right now, I hope to have more updates within the coming year! Thanks for visiting my site! And would love to chat with you on the phone sometime when your schedule allows!

  • http://www.wearenotmartha.com Sues

    What’s not to love about this?? It’s the perfect summer meal!

    • http://peachesandcake.wordpress.com Meg

      Thanks Sues! Can’t wait for summer to be here officially!