Low-carb beef skewers with grilled onions

Spicy ground beef on a skewer. Yes, it's a thing... Easy. Affordable. Low carb. Delish. Try this inspired version, seasoned with a blend of Asian spices. Cilantro lovers in your family may even leave a tip!
Spicy ground beef on a skewer. Yes, it's a thing... Easy. Affordable. Low carb. Delish. Try this inspired version, seasoned with a blend of Asian spices. Cilantro lovers in your family may even leave a tip!
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4 servingservings

Ingredients

  • 113 lbs 600 g ground beef or ground lamb
  • 1 teaspoon 1 teaspoon coriander seed
  • 1 teaspoon 1 teaspoon yellow mustard seeds
  • ½ teaspoon ½ teaspoon turmeric
  • ¼ teaspoon ¼ teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 2 teaspoons 2 teaspoons sea salt
  • ½ cup 125 ml chopped fresh cilantro
  • 2 tablespoons 2 tablespoons cold water
  • 1 tablespoon 1 tablespoon olive oil
Grilled fresh onion
  • 1 lb 450 g fresh yellow onion in a bundlefresh yellow onions in a bundle
  • 2 tablespoons 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons 2 tablespoons lemon juice
  • salt and pepper
Tomato and almond pesto
  • 7 oz. 200 g canned whole tomatoes
  • 2 oz. 50 g scalded almonds
  • 1 tablespoon 1 tablespoon sesame seeds
  • 1 - 2 1 - 2 garlic clovegarlic cloves
  • 1 tablespoon 1 tablespoon red wine vinegar
  • ½ teaspoon ½ teaspoon salt
  • ¼ teaspoon ¼ teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 4 tablespoons 60 ml olive oil

Instructions

Instructions are for 4 servings. Please modify as needed.

  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 400°F (200°C), or use the broiler setting. 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 400°F (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!

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