At a rustic outdoor ristorante called La Stalla (the name means "stable"), everything on the menu was cooked in the classic Umbrian style, alla griglia, grilled on an open fire. We sat under a grape arbor at tables covered with red-and-white-checked cloths. When the spiedo misto came to the table smelling of fresh herbs and wine, it was the perfect ending to a long day.
1 pound boneless pork loin
1 pound boneless beef or veal loin
1 pound skinless boneless chicken breasts
Coarse salt to taste
Coarsely ground black pepper to taste
3 cloves garlic, peeled and crushed
2 tablespoons minced fresh sage
2 tablespoons chopped fresh rosemary
1/4 cup Filippo Berio extra-virgin olive oil
3 medium bell peppers (an assortment of red, green, and/or yellow), cored, seeded, and cut into
1/4 cup dry white wine
4 thick slices pancetta or prosciutto, cut in 1-inch squares
Small bunch of fresh sage, leaves only
3/4 pound sweet or hot Italian sausage, cut into chunks
1/2 cup fresh lemon juice
Extra virgin olive oil
Cut the meats and chicken into 1-inch cubes. Season the pork with coarse salt and pepper and rub with the garlic; season the beef or veal with salt and pepper and sprinkle with the sage; season the chicken with salt and pepper and sprinkle with the rosemary. Set aside.
In a skillet, heat the olive oil and sauté the peppers until just crisp-tender. Add the wine and cook until the liquid is reduced by about half.
Thread the skewers in this order: Pork, bell pepper, chicken, pancetta, sage leaf, veal, bell pepper, and sausage. Do not crowd the pieces. Place the skewers in a nonmetal dish large enough to hold them in a single layer and drizzle the lemon juice and olive oil over them. Let them marinate for several hours in the refrigerator, basting and turning them often.
Heat the grill and lightly oil the grill rack. Remove the skewers from the marinade, place them on the grill, and baste with the marinade. Grill, turning and basting the skewers, until done to taste, about 8 to 12 minutes.
This recipe is from CIAO ITALIA by Mary Ann Esposito, published by William Morrow and Company Inc., in 1991.
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