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6 Delicious Foods on a Stick for Summer Entertaining

You’ve got to love food on a stick when it comes to summer entertaining. It’s easy on the host – fewer dishes to wash – and encourages wild creativity. Go classic with fair fare such as corn dogs, or re-imagine your favorite dishes served, skewer-style. Caprese kabobs? Antipasto on a skewer? Sure, why not? Bowls are so boring when you can stick food on a stick.

Antipasto on a Stick

Photo by Lindsey

Before getting on the stick, it’s important to remember a few things when prepping:

  • For grilling, always soak wooden skewers before loading them up so they don’t flame out. Add an extra jolt of flavor by soaking the skewers in lemon juice or vinegar.
  • Tongs are your new best friend for easy turning of those sizzling kabobs.
  • Go Old School with durable metal or give those creations a modern twist with some of the cool bamboo skewers, chopsticks, even a sturdy breadstick. Mix it up, play around, have fun!

Here are 6 stick-worthy dishes sure to make you a hero at your next backyard bash:

1) Caprese on a stick

Red, white and green, just like the Italian flag. This one takes the cake for being the prettiest salad on a picnic table. Look for the small, fresh mozzarella balls and don’t skimp on the basil for the freshest flavor. Go for one-bite wonders using toothpicks.

Caprese on a Stick

Photo by KGora

2) Wedge Salad on A Stick

Want something crunchy and cool for your next picnic? Try this fun take on the classic, drizzling the dressing on at the last minute to maximize the crunch. Mix it up and go for Chicken Caesar Salad on a Stick or Caprese on a Stick. Bet you won't have to nag the kiddos to eat these greens.

Wedge Salad on a Stick

Photo by Meredith

3) Corn Dogs

Batter up! There’s no need to wait for fall fair time to chow down on these golden dogs. This way popular recipe – more than 500 reviews! – makes it clear that it’s a whole lot easier than you imagine to make these crowd pleasers. Give your corn dog feast a competitive twist by offering various types of mustard and ask everyone to vote for their favorite. But if you’re serving corn dogs, everyone wins!

Corndogs

Photo by Meredith

4) Satay

An Indonesian import that's been embraced by mainstream palates, satay should be hash-tagged #exotic but it's part of the savory skewered set that includes Mediterranean kabobs and Japanese yakitori. Satay can be skewered chicken, pork, or beef. No matter what meat you prefer, satay screams: Grill me! And pass the spicy peanut sauce.

Satay on a Stick

Photo by Meredith

5) Grilled Fruit Kabobs

Fire up the grill for this fun and fruity dessert. Know what will make this even yummier? A bowl of ice cream on the side.

Grilled Fruit Kabobs

Photo by Molly

6) Blueberry Pie Pops

Inspired by bakery treats sold around Seattle, this recipe’s creator was aiming for cute and hit the bull’s eye. For mess-free cooking, ScandoGirl suggests using a nonstick mini muffin pan. Serve slightly softened ice cream on the side as a brilliant dipper.

Blueberry Pie Pops

Photo by ScandoGirl

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About Leslie Kelly

Always hungry to learn, never had my fill of oysters, Memphis dry rub ribs, wild salmon, chocolate chip cookies or a well-rolled lumpia. Washington state wine lover, bourbon fan. Totally obsessed with brunch!