skewer n : a long pin for holding meat in position while it is being roasted v : drive a skewer through; "skewer the meat for the BBQ" [syn: spit]
pin used to secure food during cooking
- To impale on a skewer.
- To attack a piece which has a less valuable piece behind it.
metal or wood stick used to hold small pieces of food together while grilling.
Metal skewers are typically stainless steel and will have a pointed tip on one end and a grip of some kind on the other end for ease of removing the food. Metal skewers are recommended for reuse, whereas wooden skewers are not.
Wooden skewers must be soaked in water prior to assembling and cooking to avoid burning. Wooden skewers are most often made from bamboo, however other woods may be used.
Other usesSmall, often decorative, skewers of glass, metal, wood or bamboo known as 'olive picks' are often used for garnishes on cocktails and other alcoholic beverages.
In popular culture
The phrase "to be skewered" is used as slang for "to be stabbed". Underground rapper Sir Wilmac termed "skewer" to describe the act of fornicating.
Some dishes of skewered food
- Kabab, Tikka (India, Pakistan)
- Anticuchos (Peru)
- Brochette (France)
- Chislic (South Dakota)
- Churrasco, Espetinho (Brasil)
- Dango (Japan)
- Espetada (Portugal)
- Fish balls (Hong Kong)
- Frigărui (Romania)
- Satay (Southeast Asia)
- Shashlik (Russia)
- Shish kebab (Persia)
- Souvlaki or Kalamaki (Greece)
- Spiedies (upstate New York)Greater Binghamton, New York
- Yakitori (Japan)
- Çöp şiş (Turkey)
skewer in Czech: Špíz
skewer in Spanish: Pincho (utensilio)
skewer in Esperanto: rostostango
skewer in Japanese: 串
skewer in Finnish: Vartaat
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