Citrus-Marinated Beef and Fruit Kabobs

posted May 15, 2017 11:22 p.m. (CDT)
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1 lb beef top sirloin steak, boneless, cut 1-inch thick

1 medium orange

¼ C chopped fresh cilantro leaves

1 Tbsp smoked paprika

¼ tsp ground red pepper (optional)

4 C cubed mango, watermelon, peaches and/​or plums

Chopped fresh cilantro leaves, optional

Grate, peel and squeeze 2 tablespoons juice from orange; reserve juice. Combine orange peel, cilantro, paprika and ground red pepper, if desired, in small bowl. Cut beef steak into 1¼-inch pieces. Place beef and 2½ tablespoons cilantro mixture in food-safe plastic bag; turn to coat. Place remaining cilantro mixture and fruit in separate food-safe plastic bags; turn to coat. Close bags securely. Marinate beef and fruit in refrigerator 15 minutes to 2 hours.

Soak eight 9-inch bamboo skewers in water 10 minutes; drain. Thread beef evenly onto four skewers, leaving small space between pieces. Thread fruit onto remaining four separate skewers.

Place kabobs on grid over medium, ash-covered coals. Grill beef kabobs, covered, 5 to 7 minutes (over medium heat on preheated gas grill, 7 to 9 minutes) for medium rare (145 degrees) to medium (160 degrees) doneness, turning occasionally. Grill fruit kabobs 5 to 7 minutes or until softened and beginning to brown, turning once.

Drizzle reserved orange juice over fruit kabobs. Garnish with cilantro, if desired. 

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