Indonesian Beef Satay Recipe
In a shallow dish, soak 8 to 10 wood or bamboo skewers in water to cover for 1 to 2 hours.
Meanwhile, to make the marinade, in a mini food processor, combine the lemongrass and sugar and process until a paste forms. Add the shallots, garlic, ginger, soy sauce, vinegar, oil, coriander and cayenne (use the larger amount if you like heat) and process until an oatmeal-like texture forms. Transfer to a shallow bowl. Alternatively, in a mortar with a pestle, crush together the lemongrass and sugar until a paste forms. Add the shallot, garlic, ginger, coriander and cayenne and continue to work the ingredients together to form a rough paste. Transfer to a shallow dish and stir in the soy sauce, vinegar and oil.
Trim off any gristle from the beef, then cut into 3/4-inch cubes. Add the beef to the marinade and mix to coat well. Thread 4 or 5 cubes onto each skewer. Set aside at room temperature to marinate for 1 to 2 hours.
Light a medium-high fire in a charcoal or gas grill. Arrange the skewers directly over the fire and grill, turning the skewers a few times and basting, as needed, with the oil, until the beef is lightly charred all over but still medium within, about 7 minutes. Serve at once with the peanut sauce and chili (if using).
From Unforgettable: The Bold Flavors of Paula Wolfert's Renegade Life, © 2017 by Emily Kaiser Thelin, M&P; originally published in Mediterranean Clay Pot Cooking by Paula Wolfert. Copyright (c) 2009 by Paula Wolfert. Used by permission of Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. All rights reserved.