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| Yield 10 | May 30, 2021 | Updated: May 30, 2021 by Kita
Peruvian Inspired Steak and Potato Kabobs
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After a long day of carrying around camera gear, we crowded into a bustling restaurant off the square in Cusco and I dug into my first lomo saltado. The flavors I tasted while traveling through Peru are what inspired these steak and potato kabobs, a perfect meal for camping with global flavors!

This recipe was originally created for the Idaho Potato Council. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

Lomo saltado is a Peruvian dish of thin-sliced beef and french fries, tomatoes, and onions all stirfried together and served with rice. Spotted on almost every menu in Peru while I was there, its popularity had me trying more than a few samples.

A quick and flavorful camping recipe

Lomo saltado is a quick dish that when cooked traditionally is a stir fry. For this camping version of the recipe, I went with a simplified kabob version for easy clean up while elevating the hearty beef and potato combo with aji and huacatay, signature Peruvian flavors.

What you need for these easy campfire kabobs

These are super easy bbq beef kabobs. However, finding the aji amarillo and huacatay may be a bit tricky (see my recipe notes for tips). Once you have those you just need a lean cut of beef, a couple of Idaho potatoes, and a few staples like soy sauce, red onion, and tomatoes. Everything's punched up with a little lime juice for a pop of brightness and some cilantro for serving.

Quick tips for making this Peruvian inspired kabob recipe

Marinate the beef ahead of time to let it soak in the flavors. I will make this before hitting camp, allowing the flavors to marinate in a resealable bag in the cooler while I head to camp. It's a perfect easy grilled dinner.

Don't want to slice potatoes at camp? No problem! You can use frozen potato wedges for this or steak cut fries as well! Just don't let the frozen potatoes thaw while getting to camp or they get soggy.

Psst, you could also use frozen fries for this campfire chili fries and I totally use frozen potato tots for this make-ahead burrito recipe I always make!

When cubing the steak and slicing the potatoes, even cuts is going to be the trick to making sure everything cooks evenly. As best you can, try to make sure all the beef is cubed to the same size and the potatoes are sliced to even wedges.

I pair this with a quick green sauce – aka aji verde – a cilantro-based crema that is perfect for these kabobs and a variety of other things (try it on eggs too). You can store the sauce in the fridge in an airtight container for up to 1 week.

GirlCarnivore Pro Tip: Spruce up your campfire eats by making sauces ahead of time and storing in resealable jars. Chimichurri and this quick aji verde are two of my favorites!

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Peruvian Inspired Steak and Potato Kabobs

This campfire kabob recipe was heavily inspired by the flavors from lomo saltado, a Peruvian stir-fry dish. With a quick marinade and easy grill, it's a fun way to serve ‘steak and potatoes' while camping – or over any grill!

Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American, Camping, Fusion, Peruvian

Servings: 10

Calories: 276kcal

InstructionsMake the Cilantro Sauce (aka aji verde)In a food processor, combine the mayo, cilantro, queso fresco, jalapeno, garlic cloves, scallions, and lime juice.
Pulse until smooth.
Season with salt to taste.
Cover and store in an airtight container in the refrigerator until ready to serve.
Prep and Marinate the BeefRemove any excess fat from the steak and cut into 1” cubes. Place in a large resealable bag.
Whisk the olive oil, soy sauce, aji sauce, huacatay paste and lime juice together in a bowl.
Pour over the steak cubes.
Marinate for 2 to 6 hours.
Per-cook the Potatoes When ready to grill, preheat your campfire or grill for indirect heat.
Par-cook the fries by grill at high heat, around 450, in foil tray or cast iron pan until golden brown with a tiny bit of oil to prevent soggy potatoes, stirring as needed to crisp evenly, about 25 minutes.
Season with salt and set side until you make the kabobs.
Grill the kabobsPlace on the hot side of the grill, and rotate, making sure to cook the beef evenly to desired doneness or 135 for medium-rare.
Remove from the grill and set aside to rest.
Meanwhile, grill the onions and tomatoes.
Serve the kabobs on a platter with the grilled onions and tomatoes with the cilantro sauce for dipping.

NotesI find my aji amarillo sauce and huacatay at international markets or Latin markets. Occasionally you can spot aji in the Latin aisle at generic markets, check for the Goya label. They come in small glass jars. Or you can order the aji amarillo paste and huacatay off of Amazon.

This recipe was designed for camping but would work on any grill – gas or charcoal. 

If you cant find top sirloin, any lean cut will work for this recipe. I avoid fatty cuts, like ribeye for kabobs because when cubbed, even and equal size pieces of meat will cook better. Try NY strip, Denver, or any even lean cut. 

Slicing the potatoes into equal wedges portions will help them cook evenly. 

Nutrition
Nutrition Facts

Peruvian Inspired Steak and Potato Kabobs

Amount Per Serving (2 g)

Calories 276
Calories from Fat 126

% Daily Value*

Fat 14g22%
Saturated Fat 3g19%
Trans Fat 1g
Polyunsaturated Fat 5g
Monounsaturated Fat 4g
Cholesterol 60mg20%
Sodium 252mg11%
Potassium 697mg20%
Carbohydrates 14g5%
Fiber 2g8%
Sugar 2g2%
Protein 23g46%

Vitamin A 292IU6%
Vitamin C 18mg22%
Calcium 56mg6%
Iron 2mg11%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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By: Kita
Title: Peruvian Inspired Steak and Potato Kabobs
Sourced From: girlcarnivore.com/peruvian-inspired-steak-and-potato-kabobs/
Published Date: 05/30/21

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Add 1-¼ teaspoon of active dry yeast to a large bowl then add ½ teaspoons of sugar because that's what causes the yeast to get excited and start working.

Add 1 cup of water to the bowl that has been warmed to about 110°F.

Note: Filtered or spring water will taste best if you have it.

Stir things around with a spoon or whisk to dissolve the yeast then set a timer for 10 minutes.

During this time the yeast will get to work and you'll after about 8 minutes you'll see bubbles start to rise to the surface letting you know that it's almost time to move on.

Stir in 1 teaspoon of sea salt and 1 tablespoon of extra virgin olive oil to the yeast mixture then add 2-¼ cups of the bread flour.

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I use a wooden spoon or rubber spatula to combine everything and once it starts looking like dough, flour the work surface and your hands and it's time to start kneading it.

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I wear an Apple Watch and when I started kneading, it beeped and said, “it looks like you've started an elliptical workout, would you like me to record this workout” or something like that.

If you give me a choice to workout at the gym or workout by making dough, I'll choose the latter thank you very much!

Now, I must say that you can definitely do this in the mixer but I like to do it by hand. There's something very cathartic about kneading dough and I find it relaxing even if my watch does consider it a workout!

Here's how I knead and you may have your own method. You can also find dozens of methods online if you want to look it up.

I place the heels of my palms on the dough with my fingers facing slightly upwards and roll or push the dough forward about 10-12 inches. I then pick up the dough and move it back to the starting point and do that same maneuver again.

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I then turn the dough ¼ turn as I'm moving it back to the starting point and do that same roll/push maneuver 2 more times.

I do this over and over for about 8-10 minutes until the dough starts feeling very elastic.

I have found that the faster I knead, the less it sticks to my hands and the work surface.

Add flour if necessary to keep the dough from sticking too much but you don't want to add much.. just a small amount.

The dough should be just a tad sticky for it to turn into a good pizza.

Form the finished dough into a ball then lightly flour it on all sides.

Place it back into the bowl and cover with plastic wrap. Place it in a warm place such as on top of the fridge or in the garage so it can rise for 1 hour.

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During this time the dough will double in size.

After the hour is up, you will see that it has gotten at least twice as big as it was.

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Remove the plastic wrap and punch it down with your fist.

Remove the ball from the bowl and lay it on the work surface. Use a knife to separate it into 2 equal pieces.

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Place each of those 2 pieces into a large gallon-sized zip top bag and place into the fridge for at least 3 hours. I have had the best luck with dough that has been in the fridge for 12+ hours.

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It continues to rise while it's in the fridge and this is known as the “cool rise”.

Leave in the fridge until you are ready to start making your pizzas.

I have read a LOT of pizza dough recipes and almost every one of them says to let your dough come to room temperature before stretching it.

This recipe proves that it is best to stretch the dough while it is still cold. Your hands will warm it up as you stretch it and if you're careful, you'll be able to do a 16″ diameter pizza with each of these balls that is very thin like the New York style. You can also stretch it less if you like a more traditional pizza.

To stretch the dough, hold it on the sides sort of like you'd hold the steering wheel of your car with your hands only a few inches from each other.

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Let the weight of the dough stretch itself as you move your hands around the circle.

The more the dough is stretched the faster the process goes.

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If it feels like it's going to tear, just rest it across your arm for a few seconds before continuing on.

When it's about the right size, lay it on the floured pizza peel and shape it into a circle.

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I love to make barbecue pizza which just means that I use barbecue sauce instead of pizza sauce and I use some leftover smoked meat such as pulled pork or pulled beef.

The other toppings can be whatever you like such as mozzarella cheese, cheddar, jalapeños, onions, etc.

Here's a typical layering:

  • barbecue sauce
  • fresh mozzarella
  • meat
  • onions
  • peppers
  • More mozzarella
  • shredded cheddar
  • Jalapenos

Here's one I made recently.. I like to load 'em up!

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If you're using a home oven, make sure your top oven rack is about 9-10 inches from the top of the oven. Place a pizza stone onto that rack and turn the oven on to 500°F.

Let it preheat for about 30 minutes then right before you are ready to cook your pizza, turn it to broil.

It will stay on broil throughout the cooking process.

At this point the pizza stone is around 500°F due to the preheat  and this is to brown and crisp the bottom of the crust.

The ambient temperature in the oven is 500°F with direct heat from the heating elements at the top of the oven for browning the top of the crust and melting the cheese from the top down.

These 2 heat sources will do a great job of cooking your pizza perfectly in about 8-12 minutes but ultimately, you'll need to keep an eye on the pizza and when it's the right color, the bottom is crisp and brown, and the cheese is melted, the pizza is ready to remove and slice.

I have a Camp Chef pizza oven that runs on propane and it's a joy to use. The home oven works well but the pizza oven is designed for pizza and if you love pizza, it's a great investment without spending a whole heckuva lot.

Light the pizza oven about 20 minutes before you're ready to bake your pizza.

The Camp Chef pizza oven that I use has a single burner and I have found that I can set it to just below medium to maintain a steady 550°F.

I also use an infrared thermometer to test the temperature of the stone but this is completely optional. If you preheat the oven for around 20 minutes, the stone will be about the same temperature as the ambient temperature.

Here you can see the VersaTop burner on the bottom and the pizza oven that sits on top of that burner. The VersaTop is purchased separately and includes a flat top griddle.

You can then purchase accessories that can be used with the VersaTop including a barbecue box and the artisan pizza oven that I use.

The VersaTop uses 1 lb propane bottles but you can get a hose that converts it to use a larger 20 lb bottle.

Here's what you'll need to get started:

VersaTop Burner with Griddle Model FTG250

Pizza Oven Accessory Model PZ30

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At this temperature, you can expect the pizza to get done in about 12 minutes but this will vary depending on your dough, amount of toppings, wind, etc.

Don't leave the pizza unattended and you'll be fine. Watch the pizza and when it's the right color, the bottom is brown and crisp and the cheese is bubbling, you can rest assured that it's about as perfect as can be.

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Using a pizza peel get easier with practice but I can tell you that I've used one quite a bit and I'm still not very good at it.

Make sure you flour your pizza peel really good before you place the dough on it.

When you ready to move the crust from the peel to the oven, hold it at about a 30 degree angle with the leading edge of the peel touching the pizza stone in the location where you want the back side of the pizza to be.

Give it a couple of good forward then back flicks and once the dough touches the pizza stone, you'll be able to slide the pizza peel out from under the dough completely.

I have found that I do a better job of not losing all of my ingredients if I press them down a little bit first and make sure they are well seated and ready for some forward/back movement. That may not be kosher but it's what I still have to do to make it happen. One of these days I'll be a pro but until then, I do what I have to do and so should you.

Using a pizza pan is a viable option for sure.. in fact, I have a whole box of the disposable kind that I purchased when I first started making pizza and they kept me sane when I just couldn't seem to get the pizza peel to work properly.

Your crust won't get quite as crispy that way but it's still crispy, still delicious and it's okay if that's what you need to do to make it happen.

Sometimes if we have a pizza party, I'll give everyone a pan and let them stretch and build their own pizza on that instead of using the pizza peel. It speeds things up and everyone is happy.

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