Skewer It! 12 Ways to Serve Dinner on a Stick

on October 9, 2015

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Skewer it, and they will come.

Ideal for tailgating season (and countless occasions beyond), these 12 skewer recipes feature filling combinations for taming a hungry crowd. Think \"easy\" all the way from prep to presentation. These babies are easily portable and require virtually no cleanup. What\'s not to like?

Just remember-if your wooden skewers are hitting the grill, you\'ll want to soak them for about 20 minutes before adding your ingredients to avoid burning, and all components should be cut to roughly the same size to ensure even cooking.

Teresa Blackburn

Japanese Beef and Green Onion Skewers (Yakitori)

With this guaranteed crowd pleaser, the secret\'s in the sauce. With mirin (a sweet rice wine made for cooking), soy sauce, peanut oil, rice wine vinegar, and sugar, the sauce makes the perfect sweet Asian glaze for tender beef and potent green onions. Serve skewers by themselves, or with a side of rice.

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Georgia | The Comfort of Cooking

Melon, Proscuitto and Mozzarella Skewers

Together, melon and proscuitto are a sure thing. If you\'ve never tried this savory-sweet combo, the time is now. With a dash of balsamic vinegar and the addition of fresh mozzarella cheese, this skewer makes for a light-but-satisfying appetizer or main attraction.

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Michael | Inspired by Charm

Antipasto Kabobs

\"Antipasto,\" for the uninitiated, means \"before the meal.\" But you can easily make a meal of a well-rounded antipasto platter-or skewer, as the case may be. Traditional Italian antipasto is served at the table as the first course and includes cured meats, olives, various cheeses, artichoke hearts, and more. This variation throws in tortellini for a fun twist on the classic.

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Naturally Ella

Grilled Sriracha-Tahini Sweet Potato Skewers with Halloumi

Sweet, nutty sweet potatoes and halloumi cheese combine for a sweet and savory sensation, while a hint of spicy sriracha adds interest. These make a fantastic grilled main for any vegetarians in the house-or side dish to your favorite grilled meats.

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Comtu00e9 Cheese Association / Nickie Sizemore

Comte and Prosciutto Skewers

Comte is a strong, slightly sweet, semi-hard French cheese that\'s taken pretty seriously for its high standards. When wrapped in proscuitto, however, it\'s taken seriously for a whole new reason. Add a thin slice of roasted red pepper and a leaf of fresh basil to mini skewer for a snackable appetizer-or layer on long skewers for a decadent meal.

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Jenny | Honey & Birch

Caprese Tortellini Skewers

Caprese salad translates perfectly to a skewer. But add tortellini to the mix? Well, that\'s a meal unto itself. For a treat your guests will love, just drizzle with EVOO and balsamic vinegar and serve. These are picture-perfect lined up on a platter.

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Lindsey Rickert | Tattooed Martha

Chicken and Waffle Skewers

The classic southern combo: chicken and waffles. Sweet, savory, spicy and pretty much perfect. In this recipe, chicken tenders are battered in a corn flake and panko mixture with Cajun seasoning and spicy sriracha. The chicken is then baked and skewered with toasted Eggo mini waffles. If it\'s an extra-special occasion, you can make your own waffles and cut into bite sized pieces. Just add a drizzle of syrup (or dunk yours full-on when no one\'s looking) and let the southern comfort wash over you.

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Steve Legato

Skewered Lemon-Rosemary Cherry Tomatoes

Need a quick side dish to pop on the grill? Look no further. This recipe uses vine ripe cherry tomatoes, sweet onions and herbs. All you gotta do is grill \'em up for a juicy sweet, slightly charred skewer, perfect for summer gatherings (and beyond).

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Erin | Well Plated

Fajita Chicken Kabob

Rather than searing onions, peppers, and chicken in a pan, skewer them up for a colorful, layered meal that you can char up and sizzle on the grill. Slide them off the skewers into fresh tortillas and add your favorite toppings-or enjoy straight off the stick.

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Deborah | Taste and Tell

Grilled Shrimp & Sausage Kabobs

This recipe calls on a little Cajun love with gulf shrimp and smoked sausage, plus a little Caribbean flair with the addition of fresh pineapple. Oh and did we mention bacon-wrapped mushrooms? This skewer combo could hardly get more decadent if it tried.

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My Invisible Crown

Spiced Salmon Kabobs

These aren\'t your average fish sticks. We\'re talking flaky salmon filets grilled to perfection and topped with fresh lemon and herbs. In this case, the skewered presentation is more than just fun, and it\'s more than just convenient-it\'s downright stunning to behold.

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Sarah Kozowski | Sugar Apron

Strawberry Shortcake Kabobs

Dessert on a stick? Well, yeah! This strawberry shortcake kabob uses a fluffy white cake like angel food, adds whole sweet strawberries, and throws in a white chocolate drizzle...you know, just for good measure. Serve with ice cream or pop \'em on the grill with warm white chocolate sauce.

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