Do you know Matt Armendariz? You probably do. He’s the super creative and super talented force behind Matt Bites. He’s a fellow Texan. A fabulous photographer. And he just released his cookbook, On a Stick! It’s a fun book full of fun food by a fun guy. Skewered appetizers. Stuck entrees. Impaled desserts. (I should bust out the thesaurus.)
We got the chance to hang with Matt at Food Blog Camp down in Mexico this passed January. His photography session (and Adam’s styling session) were actually the reason we signed up. The baby-free unlimited margaritas, ceviche, and guacamole were just a bonus Matt & Adam are great peoples – if you ever get a chance to spend 5 minutes in a room with them, go for it.
Put food on a stick and people smile. It brings memories of carnivals, county and state fairs, and if you’re a Houstonian: The Rodeo. Back in my pre-Foodie Bride days, I actually snagged a Best Dish with Strawberry Shortcake Kebabs: alternating skewered cubes of angel food cake & strawberries. People went nuts over it! Why? Because it was on a stick.
On a Stick! will be the funnest cookbook that you’ll own. You’ve got your classics, corn dogs and caramel apples, but the real genius is in the unique, creative twists on foods you don’t normally find on a stick: S’mores, Pizza, Cheesecake, Ravioli, Chicken & Waffles, Korean Style Barbecue, and Macaroni & Cheese.
Yes, he put macaroni & cheese on a stick. Fried macaroni & cheese.
Matt’s publisher, Quirk Books, provided us with a copy of On a Stick! to check out. We think that it’s such a fun book that you need a copy, too!
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Soy-Marinated Beef Skewers with Cilantro-Lime Sour Cream
- 1/3 cup soy sauce
- 2 Tbsp dark brown sugar
- 2 cloves garlic, minced
- pinch of red pepper flakes
- Juice and zest of 1/2 an orange
- 1 lb flank steak cut into 1/2 inch strips
- Small handful cilantro, chopped, for garnish
- 1/2 cup light sour cream
- Juice of 1 lime
- Whisk soy sauce, brown sugar, garlic, red pepper flakes, and orange juice & zest in a medium bowl.
- Add steak, toss and refrigerate until ready to grill.
- Heat grill to medium-high.
- Grill 4-5 minutes on each side, until nicely browned.
- Stir lime juice, sour cream, and half the cilantro together.
- Serve skewers over steamed rice, garnished with remaining cilantro, and a dollop of sour cream.
Yields: 4 Servings
Estimated time: 20 minutes