Entertaining: appetizer and dessert kabobs

app dessert kabobOne of my favorite treats as a kid was a corn dog on a stick, and for good reason. There was something amazing about the hot dog wrapped in sweet corn batter that was just plain delicious, but the fact that it was on a stick made it that much more fun to eat. Apparently, the “food on a stick” concept still applies because these appetizer and dessert kabobs were a hit at our last BBQ! The possibilities are endless (and involve minimal to zero cooking/baking), so use your imagination to create your own delicious kabob combination. I’ve listed a few of my ideas for some inspiration and all are super easy and quick to put together!

The appetizer kabobs are basically a cheese plate on a stick — sweet fruit paired with tangy cheese. I used grapes, strawberries, cheddar and colby jack on 10″ bamboo skewers (about $1 at the grocery store). The cheddar was a little crumbly going onto the skewers, so I would stick with softer cheeses (mozzarella would be great)! These would be great as an “antipasto” skewer, maybe with prosciutto or pepperoni and pitted olives.
app dessert kabob

The dessert kabobs were threaded with thick, fudgy brownies, fresh berries and marshmallows drizzled with a healthy dose of chocolate. The skewers are perfectly portioned for dessert and are rich enough to satisfy any sugar craving without overindulging. I melted some chocolate chips in the microwave (at 30-second intervals) with 1 tsp of vegetable oil and then drizzled the chocolate over the skewers with a fork. SO delicious and minimal cooking involved!
app dessert kabob

Appetizer Kabob Ideas:
Various soft cheeses (mozzarella, colby jack)
Grapes, berries
Meats (prosciutto, pepperoni, cubed ham, turkey)
Olives

Dessert Kabob Ideas:
Cake — cubed brownies, pound cake, angel food cake (I used boxed brownie mix)
Fruit — berries, bananas, pineapple
Marshmallows
Drizzle of caramel, peanut butter, hot fudge sauce

Appetizer kabob recipe source: Exercise 4 Weight Loss
Dessert kabob recipe source: Mel’s Kitchen Cafe
Photography: Lighten Up Recipes

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