Espetada (Beef Kebabs with Bay Leaves)

Preparation time:     35 mins
Cooking time:             2 hrs
Serves:                        6-7

What you need

1kg John Penny beef fillet, cut into 5cm pieces
¾tsp ground sweet paprika
20 or more fresh bay leaves
4 garlic cloves, peeled and squashed a bit
3tbsp olive oil
freshly ground black pepper
25g butter

How to cook

Put the meat in a bowl and sprinkle with the paprika. Add 2 whole bay leaves, 3 squashed garlic cloves, the olive oil, and the pepper. Turn it all through, massaging the mixture into the meat.  Cover, refrigerate and leave for a couple of hours.

If you're using wooden skewers, put them to soak now, so they don't scorch on the barbecue.

Heat up the barbecue and, while it's warming, thread the meat and bay leaves alternately onto skewers. Brush the bay leaves with a touch of oil to stop them burning.

Put a rack fairly close over the hot barbecue, about 10cm (4in) away, and cook the skewers, turning often, until charred here and there but rosy inside.

Heat the butter with the last garlic clove in a small pan until it's a bit golden and smells good.  Keep warm on the side of the barbecue if the skewers aren't yet ready. Put the skewers on a platter, drizzle with the warm butter and serve at once.

The meat will be deliciously soft and tender and the juices will seep out and mingle with the butter.

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