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Wednesday, August 19, 2009

Kona Coffee Kebabs - The Kona Coast for Outdoor Wednesday









From the kitchen of One Perfect Bite...
Hawaii will steal your heart if you allow it to. Each of the islands has a special lure just waiting to ensnare the unsuspecting tourist. I suspect these islands are where the art of fusion cooking was first honed. Today's recipe uses native ingredients to produce a truly unique mop sauce for quick cooking kebabs or London broil. I've made a few changes to the recipe, but the original won third place honors for Bill and Lianne Magness at the Kona Coffee Cultural Festival a few years ago. As to my changes, I thought the lemon juice and mustard flavors were too bold. I substituted vinegar for the lemon and reduced the mustard by half. This is a very mellow sauce that will give gorgeous color to your meat. It's not necessary to slavishly follow ingredients for the kebabs. Use what you like to assemble them. This sauce will not work for chicken or pork, so don't be tempted. I think you'll love it for beef and I hope you'll enjoy the photos of the Kona coast. Here's the recipe.

Kona Coffee Kebabs...from the kitchen of One Perfect Bite

Ingredients:
Mop Sauce:
2 cups Kona coffee, strong brew
1 cup brown sugar
1 tablespoons honey mustard
1 tablespoons mustard
1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
1/3 cup apple cider vinegar
1/4 teaspoon hot pepper sauce
2 teaspoons minced garlic
1 teaspoon cornstarch
1/4 cup water
Kebabs:
2 pounds beef loin strips, cut in 1-inch cubes
2 red bell peppers, cut into 1-inch squares
1 red onion, cut into 1-inch squares
20 cherry tomatoes

Directions:
1) For Mop Sauce: Combine all of the ingredients, except cornstarch and water, in a saucepan and bring to a boil. Whisk together cornstarch and water in a small bowl to make a slurry. Add the slurry to the mixture and stir well. Bring back to boil and cook for 5 minutes. Let cool.
2) Combine beef and the toss with half of marinade. Refrigerate for 24 hours. Refrigerate remaining sauce for basting.
3) Preheat a grill. Skewer beef cubes, red bell peppers, red onion and cherry tomatoes. Skewer each item separately as cooking times vary. Barbecue over low heat, turning and basting with reserved mop sauce for 20 to 30 minutes or until done. Yield: 4 to 5 servings.


This recipe is being linked to Outdoor Wednesday, an event sponsored by Susan at A Southern Daydreamer.

62 comments:

rosecottagegardensandfarm said...

Lovely photos images of Hawaii. Great recipe.

Thanks for sharing!

Debbykay @ Rose Cottage Gardens and Farm

Ebie said...

I'd never get tired looking at your photos and your FOOD! There is a touch of class! Great outdoors!

Natashya said...

Oh my, those kebabs are simply mouthwatering!
I am definitely going to Hawaii one day..

the ungourmet said...

I would love to make it there someday.

These look so terrific. I love kebabs. I bet they are so great with the bit of coffee flavor.

Tracy said...

Saw the Kona Coast on my honeymoon! Beautiful. And I love Kona coffee too.

Light and Voices said...

My husband and I were lucky enough to visit the island of Maui on our 24th wedding anniversary. It was a vacation that I will never forget. Your photos are fantastic! I hope to try out this kona coffee recipe sometime soon.
jfm

stefanie said...

i don't know what is more beautiful, your pictures of the ocean or the kabobs..lol
looks yummi

Donna-FFW said...

That mop sauce sounds phenomenal! I cant even imagine how wonderful all those flavors must work togehter.

Regina said...

Both are awesome!

My Little Space said...

Coffee Kebabs....sounds incredible! I definitely will give it a go...I bet my kids will love it too. Thanks, Mary!

Martha said...

Would have never thought of coffee and meat . . . what great pictures as well.

Debinhawaii said...

Great photos and I love Kona coffee rubs, sauces and marinades--they add such great flavor.

mbkatc230 said...

Beautiful photos! What a gorgeous place. And the recipe sounds amazing! May have to try that one this weekend, I think we have some college kiddos coming through Saturday. Kathy

Hootin' Anni said...

Yes! Yes!!! Hawai'i....my favorite state of all the 50! And your kebobs Mary? ......they look mouthwatering.


My Outdoor Wednesday is photos of surfers/the Gulf Waters...come on over test the water temperatures!! I'd love to have your company today.

My Carolina Kitchen said...

Great ingredients in the mop sauce. Hawaii is gorgeous. Thanks for the beautiful photos. It's early morning here - I could wake up to these gorgeous sites everyday of the year.
Sam

Karine said...

Keba coffee kebab! Sounds original and delicious! Thanks for sharing!

Hawaii seems to be such a nice place to visit :)

Selba said...

Looking from the pictures, it must be so nice to be in Hawaii.

What a yummy fusion kebabs.

SmilingSally said...

I think that if I ever got to such a gorgeous place, I'd never want to leave it.

Debbie said...

Beautiful pictures and sounds like a great recipe!

pigpigscorner said...

The place is beautiful and the coffee flavoured kebab looks and sounds really good!

lilyng said...

mary

great pictures and great recipe

Kathleen said...

I will never get to Hawaii, but the beef is doable! It looks wonderful!!

storyteller at Small Reflections said...

I love the Kona coast of Hawaii and enjoyed looking at your beautiful photos. As always, your food looks mouthwateringly delicious!
Hugs and blessings,

noble pig said...

Mary that looks absolutely delicious...I mean mouthwatering.

Thoughtfully blended hearts said...

Thanks for sharing these beautiful shots of Hawaii... I enjoyed them trememdously...just hoping that I will get to visit there someday!!!

the wild raspberry said...

the photos are breathtaking!
and i always know that my mouth is going to water when i stop in at your blog!!
have a wonderful day~
chasity

A & W said...

oh wow those pictures are gorgeous mary! and the beef looks tender and delicious. I want to go to Hawaii!
-Whitney

Pam said...

I love Kona coffee - this recipe looks really great. I am loving your Kona coast photos too.

shopannies said...

great pictures

The Apple Hill Adventurer said...

wow! how interesting. these look like they are worth a try! i think my dad will LOVE them. kebabs are always so fun to eat :D

The Blonde Duck said...

The pictures alone stole my heart.

Amy said...

Looking so forward to trying this. My husband will love me even more! Love your Hawaii pics!!

Justin said...

that mop sauce sounds amazing

Katherine Aucoin said...

The Kona Coast pictures are breath taking and your kebabs look fabulous. The flavor combination for the mopping sauce has my mouth watering.

Cindy said...

Wonderful pictures, I have never been to Hawaii, so it is so lovely to see pics of it. Great recipe, too. Thank you for visiting my blog and leaving a sweet comment. Much appreciated! Hugs, Cindy S

Florida Sue said...

Just wonderful Mary. Another keeper. I always learn something here. Not to mention that your pictures inspire me to get going.

XOSue

LV said...

A state full of real beauty. You captured some really nice scenes. I can almost taste your cooking. Such a nice post. I am happy you had time to leave me a comment.

Katy ~ said...

Big heavy sigh! I would love both!

Jane said...

Beautiful photos of Hawaii! The recipe sounds delightful and will be on the top of my list to try.

Thanks for sharing...
Jane (Artfully Graced)

Terry said...

I love your photographs of Hawaii, what a lovely place to vacation... and the Coffee Kebabs sound very good. Mmmmmmm I bet that sauce smells wonderful cooking.

Barb said...

Beautiful pictures. Thanks for sharing Mary.
And thanks for coming by to say hi.
Blessings on your day.

Barbara Jean

Sue said...

Mary, You have one really beautiful blog sites! Lovely pictures, appetizing food... Just great.
:-) Sue

daylily777 said...

Hi. I've never been to Hawaii. Your pics are spectacular. And so are the pics of the kebabs.They look delish. I will have to try them ,thanks for sharing the recipe and thanks stopping by and leaving the sweet comment.8-)
~Myrna

Jaynie said...

Lovely pictures. My husband will loves these. We both enjoy recipes made with coffee.

Judi said...

Hi there!
It was so nice that you came to visit and comment today...hope you'll be back again.

Your picture is beautiful...I've been to Oahu twice and it is so lovely and I know Kona coffee is yummy. What a great recipe. It sounds very delicious. I think we'll have to try the mop sauce..yummmmmm..

have a lovely day
Judi

Cindy (Applestone Cottage) said...

Mary,
Hubby and I went to Hawaii once and it was a trip I will always remember. The beauty is unsurpassed. I love your amazing recipe and the pic of you cooking on your profile pic is so cute too! Cindy

Leigh of Bloggeritaville said...

Great photos. You stole my heart and stomach!
Leigh
Tales from Bloggeritaville
www.lbratina.blogspot.com

Rhonda @ Shellbelle's Tiki Hut said...

Oh Mary, I'm crying the blues today! The sauce looks so amazing and I'm a coffee junkie, but I don't eat beef. When you wrote not to try it with chicken, my heart sank.

But then I looked at those gorgeous photos of the the Kona Coast and it "perked" me right up.

Gaby said...

those photos make me want to hop on a plane and head to hawaii!

And those kebabs - well I love every kind of kebab and these look fab!

Riet said...

Beautiful photo's of Hawai. Would still love to go there one day. And your kebabs look so yummie. Makes me hungry and I just had breakfast. :)))
Thank you for your visit and have a nice day

Pam said...

Your foods and views are amazing... I would enjoy both, thank you very much :D

Miller Racing Family said...

What wonderful photos. The blue in the water is so inviting. I love the last photo with the waves crashing. Thanks for sharing and have a great day!

Glenda/MidSouth said...

Great pictures, and the recipe sounds so good. Thanks for sharing.

pietra said...

I always say that Oregon looks like Hawaii, very nice.

Mary said...

Pietra, welcome to One Perfect Bite. The Oregon coast does resemble Hawaii for a very short portion of the year. Once we cloud over the romance is gone. I hope we'll see you more often.

Grandma Elsie said...

My son just got back in July from Hawaii for his 25 Anniversary and he brought home some Kona Coffee...
Aw i wish ,, how I wish i could get that coffee here ...but alas no. i drank it ,never is it bitter , and it does not keep you awake either.
Lord I would love to have some more .
Enjoy your blog.
Elsie <><

Chef Fresco said...

That picture is making me very hungry & those next set of pictures are making me jealous! :)

SavoringTime in the Kitchen said...

Gorgeous photos of Hawaii and the beautiful coastline. I have to try this recipe, it sounds delicious!

~Susan

Esi said...

I just spent this past Christmas in Kona. What a lovely way to remember the coast.

Megan said...

Great pictures Mary! You always do such a great job. Love the Kona kebabs!

Ebie said...

Hello Ms. Mary, I have to come back and give you a report on this recipe. We tried this last week and it was so delicious! My daughter posted the pics in her blog and one of her friends asked for the recipe. Do you mind if I post the recipe and give you a link back? You have so many recipes that I really like, time is just not enough, with all the blog hops. Keep the recipes rolling, cause everybody is loving them! Thanks.

Mary said...

Ebie, I'd be delighted as long as you link back. I'm really flattered. Hugs ... Mary

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