I have to be honest neither myself or my partner are football fans, so the fact that the World Cup is taking place at the moment pretty much passes us by, except when the TV is on and most of the channels are showing live coverage, then we do tut a bit! However, if you are big football fans then I know what an exciting sporting time this is, and with this in mind I made some world cup inspired BBQ footballs (aka meatballs!) kebabs at the weekend. These were very quick and very easy to make and I used the colours and flavours of Brazil for them ,ie. green and yellow peppers and beef meatballs which had been marinated in some Schwatz Brazil inspired marinade spices and that is it really! Simples and tasty too, here is how I made them.
- 1 sachet of Schwartz Grill Mates Brazilian BBQ Smoky & Zesty Marinade Mix
- 50ml oil or melted butter
- 12 Beef meatballs
- 1 large yellow pepper
- 1 large green pepper
- 4 pitta breads
- lettuce leaves
- sour cream for dressing (optional)
- 4 skewer sticks
- Light your BBQ – I used a disposable one which takes about 20-30 minutes to heat up and be ready to use
- Meanwhile mix the Schwartz spice mix with the oil in a large bowl and add the meatballs and stir to coat them all
- Cover with cling film and place in the fridge for 20 minutes
- Chop the peppers into chunks – slightly larger than bite size is how I cut them
- Once the BBQ is ready, assemble your kebabs by placing 3 meatballs and 4 pieces of pepper (2 of each colour) on to each skewer – see photos below
- Place onto the BBQ and cook for approx 15-20 minutes (as per the meatball cooking instructions), turning every 5 minutes so the meatballs get evenly cooked
- A few minutes before they are ready, heat your pitta breads in your toaster, cut them open and fill with your salad leaves
- Then fill each pitta with some peppers and meatballs, and add some sour cream if you like
- (I made 12 serve a family of 4 – 2 each for the boys, 3 for me and the remainder for the OH!), but if your family are larger or eat more, then cook enough meatballs as your require.
The Schwartz Grill Mates Brazilian BBQ Smoky & Zesty Marinade Mix was tasty – not too spicy and the boys ate some which was a good thing! This is a really easy and fun recipe idea to make with your little footie fans, and if you have vegetarians in your house then you could use cherry tomatoes and or mini mozarella balls in place of the meatballs for your footballs.
I was sent a sachet and a disposable BBQ for the purpose of a review.
The recipe idea is my own, and my comments made about the taste of the spice mix is honest and my own.