Lyndsay is a huge fan of all things Disney, and she enjoys finding ways to incorporate its magic in everything from crafts to recipes.
Time to Barbecue
It's summertime again, and you know what that means: it's time to roll out the BBQ and start cooking!
I have a confession to make. I really don't enjoy going to Disneyland in the summer. It is hot and very, very crowded.
This is unfortunate because summer is one of the best seasons to spend outdoors. Don't get me wrong: I still do go in summer, but not as often as other times of the year. So, in order to not have major Disneyland withdrawals, I like to make some of my favorite park foods at home! I would have to say my favorite, after the dole whip, of course, is the Safari Skewer from the Bengal BBQ (or really anything from there).
If you have never eaten there, I highly recommend you check it out on your next visit! They have all types of different skewers, and they are all very tasty, plus the pretty quick counter-service if you are in a bit of a hurry and don't want concession stand food. I have been going to the Bengal BBQ for years and years, and it wasn't until a few years ago that I discovered this really good skewer. The Safari Skewer is basically bacon-wrapped asparagus, BBQ-style, served with a slice of lime! It is super easy to make at home and is always a crowd-pleaser.
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serves 4 people
- 1 bundle asparagus
- 2 limes
- 1 package bacon
- 1 package wooden skewers
- Rinse the asparagus well.
- Cut each asparagus spear into 4 pieces.
- Put a big pot of water on the stove and bring it to a boil.
- Add the asparagus pieces to the water.
- Blanch the asparagus and then remove from the water using a strainer. Be careful of steam when pouring.
- Allow asparagus to cool until it is cool enough to handle. In the meantime, take the bacon and cut each strip into three pieces.
- Wrap one bacon piece around one asparagus piece and stick it onto a skewer.
- Place about 5 wrapped asparagus' on each skewer and set aside.
- When all the skewers are ready, place them on the BBQ and cook til the bacon is cooked and crispy.
- Remove from BBQ and squeeze fresh lime juice on top of your Safari Skewer before eating!
- It is very important to soak the skewers. Do not skip this step! If you don't soak them they will catch on fire when you put them on the BBQ.
- If you are using metal skewers then you can skip this step.
- To make the bacon easier to cut, put it in the freezer until chilled but not frozen.
- When cutting the chilled bacon don't expect to cut it piece by piece. You will need to cut it all at once.
- Wait for the bacon to come back to a normal temperature before trying to separate the pieces. If you don't wait, you will end up tearing the bacon.
- When cooking on the grill, the fat from the bacon will cause some trouble. If the skewer catches fire, don't panic. Just carefully pick it up and blow out the flames.
- Make sure to flip frequently to prevent burning and to make sure the bacon is cooked thoroughly.
I must admit: I have not BBQ'd very often, so I am always a little nervous. This recipe was super easy to put together and very easy to grill up! If you (like me) are worried that you might muck it up, have someone who is more familiar with the BBQ help you out. I am sure they will love showing off their grill-master skills! Bon Appetite!
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