Prep time: 15 minutes, not including marinate time
Cook time: 20 minutes
These skewers, which work as starters or a light meal, take advantage of apricots' ability to complement savory foods.
You'll need 12 wooden, bamboo or metal skewers.
Recipe from "Cooking Season by Season," a DK publication ($35, 496 pages).
12 ounces pork tenderloin
8 cherry tomatoes
4 apricots, halved and pitted
2 tablespoons olive oil
1 garlic clove, crushed
1 teaspoon smoked paprika
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
Salt and pepper to taste
12 or more bay leaves
Cut pork into 1-inch cubes. Toss the pork, the tomatoes and the apricot halves with the remaining ingredients except bay leaves.
Marinate for 2 hours.
If you are using wooden or bamboo skewers, soak them in cold water for 30 minutes.
Heat a barbecue or ridged grill pan until hot.
Thread pork, tomatoes and apricot halves alternately onto skewers, putting at least 1 bay leaf in the middle of each skewer.
Grill 5 to 8 minutes on each side until pork is well-cooked, brushing skewers with any remaining marinade.