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Steak-Through-the-Heart Bites

Total Time

Prep: 30 min. + standing Grill: 5 min.


16 appetizers (2 cups sauce)

Our Test Kitchen staff enhances the already fabulous flavor of beef kabobs by topping them with a colorful roasted red pepper sauce. Guests will fall in love with these appetizers!
Steak-Through-the-Heart Bites Recipe photo by Taste of Home


  • 4 large sweet red peppers
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon white wine vinegar
  • 2 anchovy fillets
  • 2 teaspoons minced fresh thyme or 1/2 teaspoon dried thyme
  • BEEF:
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 teaspoons paprika
  • 1 teaspoon minced fresh thyme or 1/4 teaspoon dried thyme
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon coarsely ground pepper
  • 2 pounds beef tenderloin, cut into 16 pieces


  1. Preheat broiler. Place peppers on a broiler pan. Broil 4 in. from heat until skins blister, about 5 minutes. With tongs, rotate peppers a quarter turn. Broil and rotate until all sides are blistered and blackened. Immediately place peppers in a large bowl; let stand, covered, 20 minutes.
  2. Peel off and discard charred skins. Remove stems and seeds. Place peppers in a food processor. Add oil, vinegar, anchovies and thyme; process until blended.
  3. For beef, mix oil, paprika, thyme, salt and pepper; rub over beef. Grill, covered, over medium heat or broil 4 in. from heat for 4-5 minutes or until meat reaches desired doneness, turning once. Thread beef onto appetizer skewers. Serve with red pepper sauce.

Nutrition Facts

1 appetizer with 2 tablespoons sauce: 280 calories, 17g fat (4g saturated fat), 51mg cholesterol, 262mg sodium, 6g carbohydrate (3g sugars, 2g fiber), 25g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 3 lean meat, 2 fat, 1 vegetable.

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