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BEEF SATAY SKEWERS with Cheaters' Peanut Sauce

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TOP TEN REASONS TO MAKE BEEF SATAY SKEWERS WITH CHEATERS' PEANUT SAUCE

10. They're easy to make and easy to eat.

 9.  Satay rhymes with cachet.

 8.  You get to nibble Asian street food, right in your own back yard.

 7.  No utensils required.

 6.  Meat on a stick, urges you to exclaim, "Goodness gracious, that's tasty!"

 5.  Slightly spicy, BBQ'd steak bits love creamy, tangy peanut sauce.  Balance, baby!

 4.  You'll be groovin' to John Cougar's version of Rave On, without even realizing it.

 3.  They're pretty damn good with a glass of wine, a gin and tonic or an icy brewski.

 2.  You will be in the running to win the coveted GRILLIN' GOOD, GRILLIN' FINE Award.

 1.  When you serve them, a silly smile will spread across your face. Chick-a-boom!

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Adapted from Steamy Kitchen and The Lemon Bowl for
The Last Wonton. Thanks oodles, again, Jaden!  Thanks, Liz!

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BEEF SATAY SKEWERS with Cheaters' Peanut Sauce
~ Makes about 12-15 skewers

1/4 cup dark soy sauce
3- 4 tablespoons fresh squeezed lime juice
1 heaping tablespoon finely chopped fresh ginger
1-2 tablespoons Asian chili sauce (like sambal oelek)
1 tablespoon fish sauce
3 garlic cloves, minced
1 teaspoon sugar
1 1/2 pounds skirt, sirloin or ribeye steak cut (across the grain),
 into 1/4-inch to 1/2-inch (roughly) thick slices
bamboo skewers (I use 9 1/2-inch skewers), soaked in water

Cheaters' Peanut Sauce:
1 50g (1.75 oz.) package Asian Home Gourmet Peanut Sauce Mix
1/2 cup water or coconut milk
1 tablespoon brown sugar
1 tablespoon vegetable oil
1 heaping tablespoon peanut butter
1 tablespoon dark soy sauce
3 tablespoons freshly squeezed lime juice
1-2 tablespoons fresh cilantro, chopped


In a small bowl mix together soy sauce, 3-4 tablespoons lime juice, ginger, chili sauce, fish sauce, garlic and 1 teaspoon sugar.  Pour into resealable bag, and add the beef strips.  Massage to mix well.  Marinate 30 minutes to 2 hours. 

In the meantime, prepare the Peanut Sauce.

When ready to cook, heat grill to medium-high, direct heat.  Thread and weave the beef onto the bamboo skewers. Make sure you spread the beef out, so that it cooks evenly. Grill for 2-4 minutes on each side, while basting with any leftover marinade. Serve with Cheaters' Peanut Sauce.

For the Cheaters' Peanut Sauce
Don't poo-poo this packaged stuff until you try it.  It's pretty damn good. Everytime!

Pour peanut sauce mix in a small pot.  Add water or coconut milk, brown sugar, oil, peanut butter, soy sauce, lime juice and cilantro.  Whisk together well and bring to a boil on medium heat.  Simmer uncovered for 2-4 minutes or until nicely thickened, stirring occasionally.  Serve warm, or at room temperature with Beef Satay skewers.

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