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Bring a taste of Jamaica to your kitchen with these kabobs of steak and sweet potato that have a punch of spice.

Jamaican Style Beef Kabobs with Sweet Potatoes

I tried to make this recipe more than once. But I made a mistake – the first time, I wanted to do them on the outdoor grill. I should have known better! You see, I have never once cooked anything on our grill since I met my husband. And there is a good reason for that – he is great on the grill. There’s really no reason for me to even try, because that is where his cooking really shines. But the down side to this is that sometimes, there are recipes on the grill that I’d like to try. And I don’t mind preparing everything and just having my husband grill, but it doesn’t work that way. I will make something, and all it needs is to be grilled, but the food will come back to the table completely different than I sent it out. He loves to come up with his own marinades and spice mixes. It always tastes great, but it does not resemble the recipe I started out with.

So one day, I got out all of the ingredients for this dish. I wasn’t feeling well, so I was in the living room watching tv and my husband said he would grill them for me so I wouldn’t have to get up. But next thing I know, I hear all kinds of noises and banging in the kitchen. I get up to see what is going on, and the meat is in some kind of marinade – I have no idea what he put in it, but I knew I couldn’t rate a recipe if the final dish did not resemble the recipe whatsoever!! So I let him do his thing, and decided to try again another day.

The next time I attempted this, my husband wasn’t hungry. Bad, because it’s too much food for just me, and I usually don’t cook unless both of us are eating, but good because I knew he wouldn’t be wanting to take over. I decided not to even mention getting the grill out because I knew he wouldn’t let me touch it, so I opted to follow the recipe and broil the kebabs. It was a good idea, as they only take 6 minutes under the broiler to cook.

If I were to change one thing about this recipe next time, it would be to cut the spice mixture down a bit – maybe even half it. It really did pack some serious flavor, but it was almost too much for me. This could be because I brushed the marinade over the sweet potatoes as well, but cutting down on the spices wouldn’t hurt. But it really was delicious. The leftovers were especially good, I think mostly because the spices had mellowed out a bit. The recipe below has the original measurement for the spices.

Along side the kebabs, there is a salad of radishes and pineapple. When I first read this recipe, I almost left the salad off. Radishes and pineapple? Who has ever heard of such a concoction? But I decided to live on the wild side (can you tell how boring my life is since this is living on the wild side!) and make the salad. And I’m so glad I did! What a great combination! The pineapple takes away some of the spiciness of the radishes, and you have a salad of wonderfully balanced flavors. I was so surprised!! I will definitely be making this salad all through the summer!

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Jamaican-Style Beef Kebabs
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Bring a taste of Jamaica to your kitchen with these kabobs of steak and sweet potato that have a punch of spice.
Serves: 4 servings
  • ¼ cup soy sauce
  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil, plus more for brushing
  • 2 teaspoons Chinese Five-spice powder
  • 1 teaspoon ground allspice
  • 1 to 2 tablespoons hot pepper sauce
  • One 1-inch-thick boneless sirloin steak, cut into 16 cubes (about 1½ lbs.)
  • 2 sweet potatoes (1 lb) peeled and cut into 16 pieces
  • One 1-pound bunch radishes
  • 2 cups coarsely chopped fresh pineapple
  • salt
  1. Soak 8 bamboo skewers in water. In a medium bowl, whisk together the soy sauce, oil, five-spice powder and allspice. Stir in the hot sauce. Add the steak and toss to coat; refrigerate.
  2. Bring a saucepan of lightly salted water to a boil. Add the sweet potatoes, lower the heat and simmer until just fork-tender, about 8 minutes; drain and let stand until cool enough to handle.
  3. Meanwhile, using a food processor fitted with a shredding disk, shred the radishes and transfer to a bowl with the pineapple. Toss and season with salt.
  4. Preheat the broiler. Thread the meat and sweet potato onto the skewers and arrange on a broiler pan; brush the sweet potatoes lightly with oil. Broil the kebabs for about 6 minutes, turning once, for medium-rare. Serve with the slaw.

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18 Responses to Jamaican-Style Beef Kebabs {7 Days With Rachael Ray – Day 4}

  1. glamah16 says:

    Kebab with sweet potato.I saw a box of sweet potato at Costco calling my name. I’m marking this one for sure.

  2. Elle says:

    That sounds delicious! You’re right–I wouldn’t think to put pineapple and radishes together, either, but it sounds intriguing!

  3. kimberleyblue says:

    That does seem like a lot of spice to add to that much meat – but sound delish to me!

  4. Mary says:

    You are managing to thoroughly change my mind about Rachel Ray. The kabab looks really yummy and now I’m intrigued by the pineapple salad. I wonder if I printed off the recipe if my husband would make it for me…

  5. chou says:

    That salad sounds really yummy. I’ll have to try it.

  6. PheMom says:

    It sounds really good to me. I love the combination. I wonder if you could do it in a grill pan and get good results and maybe just add some liquid smoke or something. I do our grilling, but since I have a big Weber charcoal kettle, I don’t like to get it out as often unless we’re cooking for more people. It takes SO long to heat up.

  7. Tart Reform says:

    I normally read your blog just about every day, but I am just now having time to catch up. I am so happy to come back and see this series! I love Ms. Ray and her easy weeknight meals. And using the artisan bread dough for the calzone *brilliant*. I may have to try a full week of Rachael sometime.

    BTW- do you think it’s odd that there are Martha Stewart, Donna Hay, etc food events but no 30 minute meals?

  8. Deborah says:

    Tart Reform –

    You do have a point there! I think it is mainly because there are so many differing opinions of her – but I love her!!

  9. ruthEbabes says:

    How tasty does that sound!!! Hmmmm might have to give this a go sometime

  10. noble pig says:

    Ummmmmmm, this looks to die for!!! Wow!

  11. Jenny says:

    I love all your fun recipes from RR. These look so cute on the plate! Very nice and yummy.

  12. Emiline says:

    Jamaican me crazy with your kebabs!
    Someone was going to say it; it might as well be me.

    You need to yell at your husband when he messes with your recipes. Be really mean to him.

    The spelling of kebabs is interesting. Kebabs vs. Kabobs.

  13. Gretchen Noelle says:

    I love that for you living on the wild side means mixing radishes and pineapple! Ha! This sounds like a great meal. I have no broiler, but maybe I will give it a chance in the regular oven.

  14. RecipeGirl says:

    I’ve been enjoying your RR week. Have you been invited to be on the show yet? 🙂

  15. kellypea says:

    These sound pretty good. I’ve been enjoying lots of different spices lately, and these qualify. Great that you made the salad. It does sound like the perfect combo — tastebud wise…

  16. The Kalcichs says:

    I saw a link to your blog from Kacy’s blog. I am loving it! I think it will be one of my new favorites. I am so excited to try some of these recipes. You are amazing! Glad to see you’re doing well.
    -Ann (Fishburn) Kalcich

  17. Kevin says:

    Sweet potatoes and spicy beef sound good. It is looking like a tasty week with RR.

  18. Rosie says:

    Gosh I must look up some books of Rachel Ray’s with all thse stunning dishes you have posted! Just loving your Kebab with sweet potato 🙂

    Rosie x

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