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Party on a Stick

For your next backyard cookout or summertime soiree, break free from the usual burgers–brats–potato salad program and instead serve everything on a stick. Yep, from your pre-meal apps to your main dishes all the way through to dessert, you can wow your crowd with a whole menu of kebab’d delights. All you need is a little inspiration; some Good Food like plump portobello mushrooms, wild-caught shrimp, and seasonal berries; and a big bunch of skewers.

Kickoff Kebabs

  • Melon, Mozz, and Prosciutto Pops: So simple, so scrumptious. Ball up your favorite fresh seasonal melon (or two faves!), skewer with savory prosciutto slices and fresh mozzarella cheese balls, crank on some fresh-ground black pepper, and serve cold.
  • Lemon Shrimp Skewers: Pick up a pound of plump, juicy, wild-caught Gulf shrimp at the Shop. Then skewer them with fresh lemon wedges and either grill them outside or sauté them on the stove. Drizzle on a mixture of melted butter, lemon juice, minced garlic, thyme, and black pepper, and watch your guests go gaga.

Main Course Kebabs

  • Grilled Tex-Mex Veggie Skewers: Marinate multicolored bell peppers, sweet onions, cherry tomatoes, and fresh corn on the cob (cut into 1-inch chunks) in lime juice, oil, chili powder, garlic, and black pepper. Skewer them all up, toss them on the grill, and serve with a homemade salsa and seasoned sour cream for dipping.
  • Teriyaki Chicken Kebabs: Cut chicken breast and bell peppers into chunks, grab some portobello mushrooms, and marinate ’em all in soy sauce, olive oil, pineapple juice, and a dash of hot sauce. Kebab the chicken and veggies with fresh pineapple cubes for a umami-sweet surprise on a stick.

Skewered Sides

  • Salad on a Stick: Skewer chunks of iceberg lettuce, Roma tomato wedges, cucumber slices, and thin radish slices. Brush the kebabs with a homemade Italian vinaigrette and shake on grated fresh Parmesan cheese.
  • Balsamic Mushroom Skewers: Just marinate a pile of portobello mushrooms in tamari sauce, minced garlic, balsamic vinegar, and a dash of olive oil; thread them on kebab sticks; grill; and sprinkle on chopped parsley.

Sweets on Sticks

  • Fruit Smorgasbord Sticks: Line up banana slices, fresh strawberries, or whichever seasonal fruits you fancy and drizzle on melted dark chocolate.
  • Strawberry Shortcake Skewers: Make those early-summer strawberries shine! Thread slices with chunks of white cake, angel food cake, or biscuits sandwiched with a homemade cream filling. Or skip the cream and just stripe the skewers with melted white chocolate.

Be sure to hit the Shop for great weekly deals, seasonal produce, and bulk essentials to get this shish-kebab shindig started

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