Chef Chuck's Pork Kabobs

Spiedini di MaialeThese summer time pork kabobs are made with rosemary stems from the garden, which enhances the flavor of the pork and vegetables. I marinated the pork in an olive oil mixture overnight which really tenderized the pork. The vegetables and pork were placed on a stem of rosemary and grilled to perfection.

Pork Kabobs

1 pound county style pork ribs, 1 inch cubes
1/2 cup extra virgin olive oil
3 garlic cloves, chopped
1 tablespoon freshly squeezed
lemon juice
1 teaspoon dry oregano
salt and pepper

Wash and dry pork ribs, cut into one inch cubes. Combine all ingredients place in a large plastic bag add pork and marinate for at least one hour, I prefer overnight in the refrigerator.

Vegetables for Kabobs

1 red bell pepper
1 white onion, quartered
1 zucchini, skin on 1/4 inch thick
small finger potatoes

In a small pot boil potatoes till fork tender. Arrange kabobs I started with a potato, zucchini, red pepper, pork and onion.

Basting Oil

1/3 cup extra virgin olive oil
1 teaspoon dry oregano
salt and pepper

Heat outdoor grill or I used my stove top grill made by, Olvida. Place kabobs onto grill and cook for a few minutes, brush the basting oil on. Then do a quarter turn till all sides are browned and caramelized. Check temperature on pork it should register 155 degrees.

Chef Chuck's Ceviche Appetizers

Ceviche di Merluzzo
What is cod ceviche? Well, it's a raw seafood salsa, perfect for the summertime. A simple recipe made with raw cod fish, marinated in a lemon and lime juice. Ceviche is originally a Latin American dish, Spain adjusted the recipe by giving it a Mediterranean touch, adding lemons and onions. My added touch of mango gave the ceviche a special sweetness. I serve mine with toasted bread rubbed with a garlic clove, and an ice cold beer.

Cod Ceviche
1/2 pound cod
juice of 3 or 4
lemons, 3/4 cup
2 limes
3 scallions, chopped
3 garlic cloves, crushed
1 teaspoon salt
fresh ground pepper
2 tablespoons capers
1 tomato, chopped
1/2 mango, chopped
2 tablespoons fresh parsley, chopped

Wash and cut up fish into small chunks, place in a small low bowl, set aside. In a small bowl combine fresh lemon and lime juice, on a board crush garlic and salt together to form a paste. Add paste to the juice along with fresh ground pepper, and onions stir and pour over fish. Cover and marinate for at least 2 hours in refrigerator. Add capers, tomatoes, mango and parsley, stir gently and serve on toasted bread.