Skewer This! 13 Dishes You Can Put on a Stick


If you're looking for a way to jazz up dinner tonight, try serving it on a stick. There are a number of appetizers, main courses, and desserts you can skewer. The presentation is almost always impressive, making kabobs an excellent party choice as well.

So get creative with your food and try a few of these genius recipes. Then see what sticks!

1. Caprese Skewers

Mozzarella, tomato, and basil are the stars of these Caprese salad skewers, and you might find it hard to eat just one. I've even tried these guys with cubed bread in the mix. If you're making many, try getting your basil at the farmers market for the best price.

2. Watermelon Skewers

Try a refreshing appetizer at your next gathering with these watermelon feta skewers. They remind me a lot of Caprese salad with a twist of mint. Cut up cubes of fresh watermelon and feta, arrange on your sticks with mint from the garden, and drizzle with balsamic reduction.

3. Greek Chicken Kabobs

Or go Greek with these tasty chicken kabobs. Chop boneless chicken breasts and let rest in a marinade for up to two hours. Then drizzle red bell pepper, zucchini, and red onion with olive oil and assemble all ingredients on your skewers before cooking. And don't forget to make the cool tzatziki sauce — it's essential.

4. Antipasto Skewers

Whether as an appetizer or a hearty part of your meal, these antipasto skewers will surely please most any crowd. Pierce mozzarella balls, prosciutto, salami, roasted red peppers, black olives, and lettuce on your stick. Top with a balsamic vinaigrette dressing to finish.

5. Veggie Skewers

Taste all the colors with these rainbow veggie skewers. To make, just cut up red tomatoes, orange bell peppers, yellow squash, yellow bell pepper, green zucchini, green bell pepper, red (purple) onions, and purple potatoes and place on your skewer in that order.

6. Burger Bites

Leave the bun behind and make these mini cheeseburger bites. After you create your meatballs, the rest is just stacking cheese, lettuce, pickle, and tomato on long toothpicks. For some extra pizzaz, whisk together the Thousand Island sauce using Greek yogurt, ketchup, and lots of spices.

7. Teriyaki Kabobs

These teriyaki kabobs combine some unique flavors and textures. You'll chop up red onions, portobello mushrooms, and pineapple before skewering. Then slather everything in a sauce made from sriracha, brown sugar, mirin, and soy sauce, and sesame oil before cooking.

8. Meatball Skewers

This sweet and sour meatball skewers recipe requires very little preparation. You can even use frozen meatballs to make this meal weeknight friendly. Assemble the stick by thawing the meatballs and stacking them with peppers. The sweet and sour sauce is just apricot jam mixed with BBQ sauce.

9. Shrimp Kabobs

Check out these bacon-wrapped shrimp kabobs! Just thread microwaved bacon between the shrimp before grilling to perfection. The sauce the author made to accompany the meat is a mixture of orange marmalade and chopped up chipotle peppers. Are you drooling yet?

10. Turkey Club Skewers

Your friends will love these turkey club skewers for lunch or a light dinner. Start by slipping cut slices of bread onto the stick. Follow with your turkey, cheese, bacon, avocado, tomato, and lettuce before adding another slice. Serve with Thousand Island dressing.

11. Pizza Breadsticks

You can go to all the trouble of grilling a pizza or give these pizza breadsticks a try. Use small rounds of dinner roll dough (or pizza dough) and flatten them out for your crust. Layer toppings like mozzarella cheese and pepperoni on the dough and then fold over the crust to cover. Grill on low for around 10 minutes and serve with marinara sauce. (See also: This is How You Grill Pizza at Home)

12. Paneer Skewers

For an Indian treat, make these spicy Paneer skewers. You can find Paneer cheese at many grocery stores, but tofu makes a suitable substitute in a pinch. Alternate the cheese with peppers and zucchini (courgette) before grilling on the stick.

13. Strawberry Shortcake Kabobs

Finish off your meal with these strawberry shortcake kabobs. You'll arranges squares of white cake with halves of strawberries before topping with melted white chocolate chips. If you're feeling daring, try making this dessert with chocolate cake and dark chocolate.

Final Pro Tip

Soak bamboo skewers in water for 10 to 15 minutes before grilling. Doing so will prevent the wood from burning on high heat. Now get to skewering!

What do you like to skewer?

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