Easy Summer Dining: Bourbon Beef and Pepper Skewers and Accompaniments (Sous Vide)

Summer Barbecue Dining: Bourbon Beef and Pepper Skewers with Potato Salad (Sous Vide)

Easy Summer Dining: Bourbon Beef and Pepper Skewers and Accompaniments (Sous Vide)

Easy Summer Dining:

Bourbon Beef and Pepper Skewers and Accompaniments

(Sous Vide)

Bourbon Beef and Pepper Skewers

Bourbon Beef and Pepper Skewers

With the summer still giving is hot and sunny days, with just the odd shower of rain here and there to cool things down, my next Sous Vide Supreme post is all about BEEF, and barbecue cooking, although these skewers can (and were) be cooked in a griddle pan or under the grill. Last month I shared some recipes for SALMON, and the month before it was all about CHICKEN, and so I thought that July/August was a good time to share what I have been doing with this amazing piece of kitchen kit and try out some beefy recipes! Rather than share three beef recipes, as the technique for pre-cooking beef is always the same, I have decided to offer you a Summer Beef Barbecue Menu with recipes for Bourbon Beef and Pepper Skewers, Jack Daniels Barbecue Sauce and also a Potato Salad. Although my photos show other accompaniment ideas, namely fried (or barbecued) tomatoes and fresh haricots vert (green beans) with garlic.

Jack Daniels Barbecue Sauce

Jack Daniels Barbecue Sauce

However, all that is needed to prepare and cook this easy summer meal are a plate of beef skewers, some extra barbecue sauce and a big bowl of potato salad. And, as I follow the 5:2 diet, this meal can be incorporated into a Fast Day, so I have shared a low-fat and low-calorie recipe for potato salad. I counted the calories for these skewers and based on 100g to 125g of steak, with the peppers and onions, it came out at between 248 and 300 calories, so, if eaten with salad these skewers would be idea for a low-calorie fast day; with a portion of my potato salad, you would have to add on 140 calories, but this might still be an option for men, who have 600 calories a day to play with!

5:2 Diet Fast Day Recipes: Coronation Potato Salad and Low-Fat Pan-Fried Garlic Hake Fillets

Coronation Potato Salad

Just a little bit more information about the Sous-Vide Supreme technique of cooking: The sous vide technique has been the secret of great chefs worldwide for decades. The SousVide Supreme is an amazing new all-in-one sous vide water oven designed to bring the sous vide culinary technique into home kitchens and restaurants at an affordable price. The sous vide (pronounced “soo-veed”) technique involves cooking food in vacuum-sealed pouches submerged in a water bath held at a precisely controlled temperature. This foolproof method eliminates guesswork and lets anyone cook foods with incomparable taste and texture: steak perfectly cooked edge-to-edge, vibrant vegetables, juicy tender chicken breasts, and ribs with the meat literally falling off the bone. All at the push of a button! (Sous-Vide Supreme Website)

SousVide Supreme Water Bath

SousVide Supreme Water Bath

SousVide Supreme Seal and Vacuum Machine

SousVide Supreme Seal and Vacuum Machine

The machine was absolutely invaluable when it came to cooking my steaks, as the steak was already cooked to medium-rare and all I had to do was sear the skewers over coals, or in a griddle pan as I did, and the steak had a pleasant char-grilled taste and were served in minutes. I could have kept the steak cubes in the marinade, in the pouch, and popped them in the fridge for later grilling too, or even frozen them at that point. By cooking meat in the sous-vide machine first, and then grilling or barbecuing, you never get dried-out old booth leather or burnt offerings, and the meat stays succulent and moist.

Easy Summer Dining: Bourbon Beef and Pepper Skewers and Accompaniments (Sous Vide)

Easy Summer Dining: Bourbon Beef and Pepper Skewers and Accompaniments (Sous Vide)

I was very pleased with the way that the steak skewers turned out and by adding the onions and peppers, it added some veggie crunch and texture to them. You could also prepare chicken skewers this way too, or pre-cook sausages and burgers before grilling or barbecuing, it would make for safer barbecue where the meat is cooked right through and not just charred on the outside and uncooked in the middle.

Easy Summer Dining: Bourbon Beef and Pepper Skewers and Accompaniments (Sous Vide)

Easy Summer Dining: Bourbon Beef and Pepper Skewers and Accompaniments (Sous Vide)

I hope that you have enjoyed my Sous-Vide Supreme Summer Menu, and although I recommend pre-cooking the steak in a water bath, don’t forget you can also cook these skewers the usual way too, just cook the for longer to your personal preferences. Please remember to pop back next month for my last Sous-Vide Supreme set of recipes, where it will be all about cheese, eggs and vegetables! Have a great Wednesday and I’ll be back later with more new recipes and culinary ramblings, Karen

Easy Summer Dining: Bourbon Beef and Pepper Skewers and Accompaniments (Sous Vide)

Easy Summer Dining: Bourbon Beef and Pepper Skewers and Accompaniments (Sous Vide)

Sous Vide Supreme

Sponsored Post Disclaimer: I was sent a SousVide Supreme Promo Pack comprising a SousVide Supreme water oven, vacuum sealer (includes 10 pouches), 2 boxes of vacuum seal cooking pouches, and the Easy Sous Vide cookbook (RRP:£506:98) to keep, in return for four blog posts and twelve recipes. All views and opinions are my own, however, this review is an honest appraisal of the machine and how it functions. Karen S Burns-Booth

RECIPES: 

Jack Daniels Barbecue Sauce

Jack Daniels Barbecue Sauce

Jack Daniels Barbecue Sauce

Serves 570mls (approx 16 servings as a sauce)
Prep time 5 minutes
Cook time 15 minutes
Total time 20 minutes
Dietary Vegetarian
Meal type Condiment
Misc Child Friendly, Pre-preparable, Serve Cold, Serve Hot
Occasion Barbecue, Casual Party, Halloween
Region American
By author Karen S Burns-Booth
An easy to make smoky sauce that has a generous slug of Bourbon Whiskey and an optional added extra of liquid smoke, if you can obtain it, for a smoky BBQ flavour. Can be used in recipes as an ingredient, as a marinade or as a sauce to accompany a wide variety if grilled and barbecued meats.

Ingredients

  • 1 x 397mls bottle of tomato sauce
  • 8 tablespoons Jack Daniels Bourbon Whiskey
  • 3 tablespoons soft brown sugar
  • 2 tablespoons peach jam
  • 4 chipotle chillies, in adobo, finely chopped
  • 4 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
  • 3 teaspoons English mustard powder
  • 2 teaspoons celery seeds
  • 2 teaspoons ground cumin
  • 2 teaspoons dried garlic granules
  • 3 tablespoons rapeseed oil
  • 1 teaspoon Cayenne pepper
  • Salt and pepper, to taste

Optional

  • 2 teaspoons liquid smoke

Note

An easy to make smoky sauce that has a generous slug of Bourbon Whiskey and an optional added extra of liquid smoke, if you can obtain it, for a smoky BBQ flavour. Can be used in recipes as an ingredient, as a marinade or as a sauce to accompany a wide variety if grilled and barbecued meats.

Directions

Step 1 Combine all of the ingredients in a large non-stick saucepan and cook over a low heat until everything has amalgamated and is dissolved. This will take about 10 to 15 minutes.
Step 2 Serve warm after cooking, or decant into sterilised bottles, seal and label. Once opened, store in the fridge.
Step 3 Can be used as an ingredient in recipes, as a marinade or as a condiment to go with all barbecued food, ribs, burger, kebabs, pulled pork, barbecued brisket or any hot sandwiches.

Barbecue Beef and Pepper Skewers

Bourbon Beef and Pepper Skewers

Bourbon Beef and Pepper Skewers

Serves 4
Prep time 30 minutes
Cook time 1 hour, 45 minutes
Total time 2 hours, 15 minutes
Meal type Lunch, Main Dish, Snack
Misc Child Friendly, Pre-preparable, Serve Hot
Occasion Barbecue, Casual Party, Halloween
Region British
By author Karen S Burns-Booth
Deliciously succulent Bourbon Beef and Pepper Skewers, that can be pre-cooked in a sous vide machine for extra juiciness, or by the normal method of grilling and barbecuing.

Ingredients

  • 450g rump or sirloin steak
  • 1 teacup of Jack Daniels Barbecue Sauce
  • 1 red pepper, de-seed and tgrimmed (cut into small bite-sized pieces)
  • 1 green pepper, de-seeded and trimmed (cut into small bite-sized pieces)
  • 1 onion, peeled (cut into small bite-sized pieces)

Note

Deliciously succulent Bourbon Beef and Pepper Skewers, that can be pre-cooked in a sous vide machine for extra juiciness, or by the normal method of grilling and barbecuing.

Directions

Step 1 Sous Vide Method: Fill the Sous Vide Supreme Machine with water and pre-heat to 57C/135F.
Step 2 Meanwhile, whilst the machine if warming up, trim your steaks of any fat and cut them into cubes, allow them to marinate in the barbecue sauce and then place all of the steak cubes and sauce into a large cooking pouch, seal and vacuum.
Step 3 Place the pouch into the water in the racks provided, making sure it is submerged, and cook for up to 1 hour.
Step 4 Whilst the meat is cooking in the sous vide, soak your wooden skewers if using in water, and light your barbecue or prepare your griddle pan.
Step 5 When the meat has cooked, take the pouch out and carefully open it, take the meat out and allow to cool slightly, before threading it on to the skewers, alternating with the slices of peppers and onion.
Step 6 Cook over coals on a barbecue, or cook in a griddle pan to sear the meat and give it a charred finish. Cook to desired requirement.
Step 7 Serve hot with extra barbecue sauce, mustard, relishes and salad.
Step 8 Normal method: Follow steps 5, 6 and 7 above, but thread raw steak on to the skewers instead of pre-cooked sous vide meat, and cook for slightly longer.

Coronation Potato Salad

Coronation Potato Salad

Low-Calorie Coronation Potato Salad

Serves 4
Prep time 15 minutes
Allergy Egg
Dietary Vegetarian
Meal type Appetizer, Lunch, Salad, Side Dish, Snack, Starter
Misc Child Friendly, Pre-preparable, Serve Cold
Occasion Barbecue, Birthday Party, Casual Party, Christmas, Easter, Formal Party, Halloween, Thanksgiving, Valentines day
Region British
By author Karen S Burns-Booth
A tangy curried potato salad that is VERY low in calories and fat, with only 140 calories per portion (3 old Weight Watchers points) which makes it a perfect recipe for anyone following the 5:2 Diet for Fast Days. It is also a tasty and healthy addition to any buffet table and makes a great lunch box meal when prawns or cold meats are added to it.

Ingredients

  • 500g potatoes (new potatoes are best)
  • spring onions or chives to garnish
  • green salad leaves to serve
  • pinch of Cayenne pepper or chilli powder

Dressing

  • 2 tablespoons low-fat plain Bio-yoghurt
  • 2 tablespoons low-fat mayonnaise
  • 2 tablespoons fresh herbs (such as a mixture of parsley and chives)
  • 4 teaspoons mango chutney
  • 2 teaspoons apricot jam
  • 1 teaspoon curry paste
  • salt and freshly ground black pepper

Note

A tangy curried potato salad that is VERY low in calories and fat, with only 140 calories per portion (3 Weight Watchers Points -NOT Pro-Points) which makes it a perfect recipe for anyone following the 5:2 Diet for Fast Days. It is also a tasty and healthy addition to any buffet table and makes a great lunch box meal when prawns or cold meats are added to it.

Directions

Step 1 Dressing: Place all the dressing ingredients into a bowl and whisk thoroughly, season well with salt and freshly ground black pepper and set to one side.
Step 2 Cook the potatoes in lightly salted boiling water,until JUST tender, Drain and allow to cool before cutting into cubes, leaving the skin on. (If using old potatoes, drain and cool and them peel before cutting into cubes)
Step 3 Fold the potatoes into the prepared dressing and mix well, then chill until required.
Step 4 To serve, spoon potatoes on to a bed of green salad leaves on a large serving platter as part of a buffet, or serve with salad leaves and sliced ham, chicken or cold meats as a light low-calorie lunch or supper dish. Dust with Cayenne pepper or chilli powder, as well as scattering chopped spring onions or chives over the salad before serving.

Bourbon Beef and Pepper Skewers

Bourbon Beef and Pepper Skewers

Comments

  1. says

    those skewers look so perfect, I love a kebab like this for the summer, they’re just so easy to eat… but I must say you’re coronation potato salad is amazing, I must bookmark this for our next bbq… lovely stuff!

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