When the weather is hot I never really feel like eating very much. Hot meals…
Harissa kebabs are perfect for a tasty and quick dinner. Full of flavour they can easily be prepared ahead of time ready to cook when needed/
There are days when you just want to make something simple for dinner. If you have been out at work all day and are tired you just want a meal quickly.
Maybe you have had a day out with the kids or been shopping. Walking around shopping centres can take it out of you. It is hard work looking at clothes and trying them on.
The other day for me was one of those days. We had been out all day and when I got in I just wanted to make something simple. I still wanted something that was full of flavour. Luckily I had planned ahead and got these harissa kebabs prepared. All I needed to do was stick them under the grill and put some rice in a pan. Half an hour later I had a simple and tasty dinner.
What is harissa?
Harissa is a spice that is often used in Africa and contains a mix of spices and herbs including chilli. The paste can be used as a rub for meat adding a spicy kick.
Luckily I had been sent some of Encona’s range of marinades which come in a range of flavours to spice up your meal. I used the Moroccan Harissa Marinade. You can also choose from Jamaican Jerk or Korean BBQ marinades.
How to make harissa kebabs
The marinades are very easy to use, I just chopped up some chicken and emptied the jar of marinade over it. I stirred the chicken to make sure it was well coated in the paste.
I then threaded some chunks of red pepper, red onion, mushrooms, cherry tomatoes and the chicken onto bamboo skewers and left them in the fridge until I was ready to cook them.
The great thing is you can add vegetables or fruit depending what you have in the fridge. I suspect chunks of pineapple would work really well on the kebabs as well.
When I was ready to cook them I just placed the skewers under the grill and cooked them slowly, turning them occasionally until they were ready. The juice of the chicken should be clear. They took about 25 minutes to cook which was luckily the same amount of time as the rice.
I served my harissa kebabs with rice. They would also be lovely with a side salad. Potato salad would be lovely instead of rice or a tomato vinaigrette salad would be lovely alongside the kebabs. The kebabs were lovely, nice and spicy but not overpoweringly spicy. The marinade added a gentle kick to the chicken that worked well with the vegetables in the kebab.
If you are looking for other great meals for lazy days, this slow cooker pulled pork with BBQ sauce is perfect. Just leave the pork to cook in the slow cooker while you are busy then serve it up in buns later.
For a lovely dessert why not make some home made tutti frutti ice cream?
I was sent the marinades to try out.