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You can convert these plain bamboo skewers into delicious hors d’oeuvre and party food. We created the skewer in the photo below just by opening the pantry door and removing jars of artichoke hearts, olives and roasted red peppers.
Skewers typically can be found in different sizes: 4-inch skewers for single bites; 6-inch skewers for a multi-bite hors d’oeuvre or snack; and 10-inch skewers for main course “kebabs.”
Just peek into the fridge and you’ll find what you need to assemble healthy skewers. A combination of textures and colors always looks good:
You can turn this plain pile of skewers
into glamorous hors d’oeuvre and snacks.
Photo courtesy Charcoal Companion.
Chunks of cheese or ciliegine (bite-size mozzarella balls) marinated in olive oil, herbs and spices
Raw or roasted colorful vegetables such as orange, red and yellow bell peppers, cherry tomatoes or grape tomatoes
Seafood such as shrimp and/or scallops (grilled or raw)
Novelties such as water chestnuts
Skewer-friendly fruit, such as grapes and berries
Also consider ingredients for kids: hot dog chunks, cherry tomatoes and sweet pickles, for example.
Some people offer skewers with a dip, for example, with plain chicken; or mustard with ham-and-cheese skewers.
If you’re grilling wood skewers, always soak them in water for 20 minutes before assembling and grilling, to avoid charring.
Skewers can be washed and re-used.
What are your favorite foods to “skewer?”
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