Satay On Skewers

Course : Curry
Serves: 1 1/2 cups
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1 pound chicken, beef and pork combination *, boneless
3 tablespoons oil
1 stalk fresh lemon grass
3 cloves garlic
1/2 teaspoon seeded and finely chopped -- red chile peppers
1 tablespoon yellow curry paste
1 teaspoon sugar or honey
1/2 teaspoon fish sauce or 1/4 -- tsp. salt, up to 1
1 recipe satay sauce -- (recipe, follows)
1 recipe cucumber sauce -- (recipe, follows)
---satay sauce---
1/4 cup oil
2 cloves garlic -- minced
1/2 teaspoon ground dried red
3 medium kaffir lime leaves
1/2 teaspoon curry powder
1 tablespoon chopped fresh lemon grass
1 cup coconut milk
1/2 cup milk
1 piece cinnamon stick
3 pieces bay leaves
2 teaspoons tamarind paste
1 tablespoon fish sauce -- up to 3
3 tablespoons dark brown sugar
3 tablespoons lemon juice
1 cup chunky peanut butter
---cucumber sauce---
1 medium cucumber
5 tablespoons sugar
1 cup boiling water
1/2 cup white vinegar
1 teaspoon salt
3 medium red chile peppers -- seeded and finely, chopped, up to 5
3 small shallots -- finely chopped
6 sprigs Chinese parsley -- (for garnish)

Preparation / Directions:

*Cut chicken, beef and pork thinly into 2 inch strips. In a food processor or blender, combine oil, lemon grass, garlic, red chile peppers, curry powder sugar and fish sauce; blend until smooth. Pour over chicken and meat; marinate for 2 hours. Thread meat onto skewers and barbecue or broil, turning occasionally until cooked. Serve with Satay Sauce and Cucumber Sauce. Makes 4 servings. Heat oil in a skillet to medium-high heat and sauté garlic, onion, chile peppers, kaffir lime leaves, curry powder and lemon grass for 2 to 3 minutes. Stir in coconut milk, milk, cinnamon stick, bay leaves, tamarind paste, fish sauce, brown sugar, lemon juice and peanut butter; mix well. Reduce heat and cook, stirring frequently, until sauce thickens, about 30 minutes. Be very careful sauce does not stick to bottom of pan. Thinly slice cucumber; arrange in a bowl. Dissolve sugar in boiling water; stir in white vinegar and salt. Pour sauce over cucumber slices. Sprinkle with red chile peppers and shallots. Chill. Garnish with Chinese parsley.

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