Food on a Stick!
There's something fun and appealing about foods on a stick and eating with your hands. From skewers and satay to pops and dipped apples, these hands-on recipes are guaranteed to have you feeling like a kid again.
First up, these skewers are a simple, quick, and fresh-tasting entrée. Shrimp cook fast, making them great for the broiler—but watch the time and keep an eye on them so they don't overcook and dry out.
Minted Watermelon and Lemon Ice Pops
Boasting just 82 calories and a boatload of vitamin C, these double-decker pops feature a sweet-tart lemon layer topped with a minty watermelon layer. If you prefer one flavor over the other, double the amount of ingredients required for each layer and make single-flavored pops.
Chicken Kebabs and Nectarine Salsa
This company-worthy meal has a hint of spice from the chicken that is balanced by the flavors from the nectarine salsa.
Watermelon-Jalapeño Ice Pops
Sweet meets heat in this summer-ready popsicle recipe. A bit of pectin helps keep all the ingredients incorporated evenly in this treat; without it, they tend to separate.
Shrimp and Fennel Kebabs with Italian Salsa Verde
Italian salsa verde tastes tangy-briny–totally different from the spicy Mexican salsa of the same name.
Spiced Lamb Kebabs
Yogurt works double duty as marinade and dipping sauce in this easy dish.
This must try dessert-on-a-stick is party ready and sure to leave your guests with a sweet taste in their mouths.
Chocolate Pudding Pops
These rich, creamy pops will take you right back to childhood.
Tuscan Pork Kebabs
Coming in at under 200 calories per serving, these colorful grilled pork kebabs are perfect for a light picnic on the patio. Sautéed chard makes a simple side.
Grilled Okra and Tomato Skewers
Assemble skewers the night before; brush them with the oil mixture before grilling. Flavor oil mixture with dried ground herbs to suit your taste. Look for okra pods of similar size to assure even grilling.
Sparkling Strawberry Pops
For a kid version of this chilly treat, use nonalcoholic sparkling grape juice in place of the champagne.
Chicken Sate with Peanut Sauce
Try this flavorful, slightly spicy Asian sate for an easy weeknight chicken dinner.
Blueberry-Peach Ice Pops
An icy-fruity blueberry layer sandwiches creamy summer peach mousse for a stunning and delicious treat that children and adults will love.
Spicy Moroccan Chicken Skewers
Serve skewers with hot cooked couscous. Give the couscous nutty flavor by toasting it in a hot pan before you rehydrate it.
Jackson Pollock Candied Apples
Named for the abstract expressionist's signature paint-splattered canvases, these apples make great party treats. Green Granny Smiths go well with the sweet white and bittersweet chocolates, but use any apple you like. Look for wooden sticks at craft supply stores.
Pork and Sweet Pepper Kebabs
Substitute 1-inch red or yellow bell pepper squares if you can't find the mini bells. Wooden skewers need to soak at least 30 minutes before they go on the grill, so plan ahead, if using them.
Kick off a summer party with our limoncello-based pops in place of the usual cocktail.
Swordfish Skewers with Cilantro-Mint Pesto
Although imported swordfish is endangered, the population for North American species is healthy. Check with your fish seller to make sure the fish you purchase was caught in the United States or Canada.
Homemade candied apples are a delightfully simple and sweet treat.
Pineapple Chicken Satay
Round out this meal that is full of fresh and bright flavors with rice and sugar snap peas.