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by Tom Douglas
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Shish Kebabs with Tzatziki
1/4 cup olive oil TZATZIKI
2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice 1/2 large cucumber (about 7 ounces)
11/2 teaspoons minced garlic 2 cups plain yogurt
1 tablespoon chopped fresh oregano 2 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley
1 teaspoon red pepper flakes 2 tablespoons chopped fresh mint
Grated zest of 1 lemon 1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
6 Foster Farms* boneless, Kosher salt and freshly
skinless chicken thighs, ground black pepper
cut in 11/2-inch chunks
1. Fire up the grill for medium-hot direct heat.
2. Combine olive oil, lemon juice, garlic, oregano, red pepper flakes and lemon
zest in a nonreactive pan. Add chicken and marinate in the refrigerator for about
30 to 45 minutes.
3. Meanwhile, prepare the Tzatziki: Peel and seed cucumber and cut into small
dice. In a bowl, combine cucumber, yogurt, parsley, mint and lemon juice. Season
to taste with salt and pepper. Set aside, covered and refrigerate.
4. Thread chicken on skewers, shaking off excess marinade. Season generously
with salt and pepper. Grill chicken on both sides, turning as needed, until done,
about 8 minutes.
5. Remove chicken from the grill and serve with Tzatziki. Makes 4 servings.
* Brands may vary by region; substitute a similar product.
worth a little more
IF YOU’RE CONSIDERING investing in a new
stainless steel grill this season, here’s food for
thought: Not all of these outdoor cookers are
One crucial difference, explains Costco
buyer Jim Nelson, is in the quality of the stainless steel. The most durable and expensive
type of stainless steel used in grills is called 304.
Higher percentages of nickel and chromium
enable this grade to resist rust and deterioration. However, many grill manufacturers use
430 stainless steel, a cheaper, lower grade that
will rust over time.
You can’t tell the difference between the
two grades by looking at them, so discriminating buyers have traditionally resorted to a
magnet test to gauge quality: A magnet will
stick to 430-grade stainless steel because of its
high percentage of iron. According to Jim, that
method isn’t foolproof anymore because some
grills on the market use 200 series stainless
steel. A magnet will not stick to this material
either, yet it is not as durable as 304.
“Lower grades of stainless steel will not
hold up the way consumers might expect,” Jim
says, adding that 304 stainless steel is the most
durable material on the market.
Costco uses 304 stainless steel in its
Kirkland Signature™ grill. You’ll also find this
higher-quality material in barbecue utensils,
lawn mowers and other outdoor products in
selected Costco warehouses and online at