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Tuesday, July 13, 2010

Daring Cooks Another First

Another first for me.  I finally got a chance to participate in the Daring Cooks Challenge.  This month's theme was chosen by Margie of More Please and Natashya of Living in the Kitchen with Puppies.  The topic of choice was Nut Butters.  Not peanut butter but nut butter.  Our mission if we chose to accept it was to make a nut butter and incorporate the mixture into a savory dish.  I have a natural sweet tooth so I immediately thought of a dessert, but I had to remind myself that I needed to make a savory dish.  I started to rummage through my freezer and I found hazelnuts.  Immediately, I started on the hazelnut butter.  I had the salted-roasted kind so I added a little sugar to satisfy my sweet tooth. 

Hazelnut Butter
2 Cups of Hazelnuts
Sugar to taste

  1. Grind the hazelnuts in a food processor until it because a paste.
  2. Add the sugar to taste while the food processor is running.
I'm sure you are wondering what I made with the hazelnut butter.  Well, I stared at my little jar of hazelnut for days until last week, when I just pulled out a random bag of meat from my freezer.  When I got home, I realized I pulled out stew meat.  A little light bulb in my head...kabobs. 

Hazelnut Beef Kabob
1 Lbs of Stew Meat
3 Tbs of Hazelnut Butter (from the recipe above)
2 Tbs of Olive Oil
Salt and Pepper to Taste

  1. Slice the stew meat into small cubes.
  2. Mix the meat with the hazelnut butter, olive oil, salt, and pepper.
  3. Let it sit for at least an hour to over night in the refrigerator.
  4. Skewer the meat and place on the grill.
  5. Cook for about 10-15 minutes depending on how large are the pieces.
  6. Serve
When we made it, I was slightly scared how it would taste.  I didn't know if the hazelnut would make the beef taste weird.  I was pleasantly surprised how good it was.  The sugar in the hazelnut gave the meat a nice caramelized crust.  I would totally make this again. 


  1. Welcome! Nice to see you at DC as well=;) Brilliant idea. I'm sure these kabobs were delicious! Great job on your first challenge!

  2. I'm not sure I want to screw the meat, but they look yummy. Good job :D

  3. Oh I love hazelnut, what a decadent butter on those amazing kabobs. great job!

  4. Welcome and hello to the Daring Cooks' and congratulation on your first challenge I hope you have many happy experience with us.

    Your experiment seems to have worked out for you well done and the photos really show how well you cooked the meat. Marvellous effort and kudos to you for thinking outside the box on this challenge and using the ingredients you had to hand.

    Cheers from Audax in Sydney Australia.

  5. Welcome to the Daring Cooks!! What an awesome job you did with your first challenge - hazelnut kabobs sound delicious, and that picture is simply mouth watering. Great work!!

  6. I would have NEVER thought about this. It's soo super creative. Congrats on a successful challenge.

  7. Firslty welcome to DC and a great job on your 1st challenge. The meat looks absolutly delicious .. ooh would have loved some.

  8. Hazelmut anything has to be excellent, looks wonderful.

  9. These kebabs look so tender and flavourful!

  10. Yummy!! I love kebabs, very creative on your use of nut butters :)

  11. Welcome to the Daring Cooks! I like the idea of using the hazelnut butter in kabobs. They look so appetizing, the caramelized bits add to their yumminess factor :))

  12. Loved the hazelnut butter idea, it looks great, very yummy.

  13. Very interesting indeed! Should try em out...

    - Kausambi

  14. Wow, it's brilliant! I will have to borrow your recipe for the hazelnut butter I made. Thanks.:)

  15. We're thinking this would work well out on the BBQ. Thanks for getting this in our heads!

    Well done on a great dish.

    Stay JOLLY!