Prep 12 hrs
Cook 10 mins
Pinchitos Morunos (Moorish Skewers) are extremely popular as a Tapa, partuclarly in Andalucia. They are of Moorish origin, and are usually made from Lamb or Pork, I have used Chicken as the meat in this recipe, but I have listed other options! They are marinated in a Moorish saffron & spice mix and usually grilled outside and over charcoal or wood; however, they also cook beautifully on a griddle or in a heavy griddle type pan inside, during the cooler months. These are my favourite meat skewers and make a regular appearance on the "Al Fresco Lunch Table" during the Summer months. Great finger food for friends - or you can increase the quantities and make a meal of them. Serve them with a simple Tomato & Parsley Salad with my Sherry Vinegar Dressing, Flatbreads & Pickles for a true taste of Spain!
- 500 g boneless skinless chicken breasts or 500 g lean lamb fillets or 500 g lean pork fillets
- 8 pre-soaked wooden skewers, about 15cm long, OR
- 4 metal skewers, about 25cm long
- 1⁄2 teaspoon coriander seed, roughly ground
- 1⁄2 teaspoon cumin seed, roughly ground
- 1⁄2 teaspoon fennel seed, roughly ground
- 1 -2 teaspoon sweet smoked paprika (Pimenton)
- 2 garlic cloves, peeled and crushed with
- 1⁄2 teaspoon salt
- 1 pinch saffron, infused with
- 2 tablespoons boiling water
- 1 tablespoon chopped fresh oregano or 1 teaspoon dried oregano
- 1 bay leaf, crumbled
- 2 teaspoons sherry wine vinegar or 2 teaspoons wine vinegar
- 2 teaspoons olive oil
- chopped flat leaf parsley (Cilantro) or chopped coriander (Cilantro)
- Cut the chicken breasts,lamb or pork into cubes about 1" in size. Flatten them slightly with the palm of your hand.
- Place the meat in a large bowl and add the dried spices, garlic & salt, saffron infused water, oregano, bay leaf and vinegar - mix thouroughly.
- Then add the olive oil - mix again thoroughly, cover with cling film and leave in the fridge for between 2 & 12 hours, so the flavours mingle and marinade into the meat.
- Light the barbecue about half an hour before cooking and allow the charcoal or wood to flare and then glow.
- If cooking inside, turn the grill up to high, or use a smoking hot griddle or griddle pan.
- Thread the meat on to the skewers.
- Grill for about 5 minutes on each side, or until the outside is charred and the inside is still juicy but cooked. (NOT pink for pork and chicken - but pink for lamb).
- Season well with salt and pepper and sprinkle with chopped flat leaf parsley or fresh coriander (Cilantro), serve with a selection of salads, flat breads, pickles and Sherry vinegar dressing.
I marinated this 24hrs to get the full effect...this was my first experience cooking with saffron (which, I might add, cost $10 just for a tiny amt!) and although this was okay, I wouldn't make it again. Just too strong of flavors, perhaps because it was a new flavor I wasn't as crazy about it. My husband thought it was good enough to make again, though.
A bit of a variation from what I have made previously. I spent 7 years in Spain and love the food. I am marinating my pork tenderloin in this now. Great flavors and tends not to dry out. Try it!!
A Rota reunion here ! I was there for 2 years, 1971--2! This recipe looks authentic and I'll be trying it, and adding chilli.