Is there anything better than food on a stick? We certainly don’t think so and we know that having friends and family over for a shish kabob night means that we do the prep work but our guests aren’t tied to eating the same food that we — or everyone else in attendance — is.
The beauty of the shish kabob, whether the main course or dessert, is that each person can make his or her own unique meal. In fact, when you make a shish kabob every “meal” on a stick that you have can be a different taste sensation.
How To Have The Perfect Shish Kabob
If you’re inviting friends over for shish kabob night, here are a few things you want to do to prepare:
- Buy wooden skewers (or metal, your choice). If you buy wooden skewers, soak them in a vat of water a couple of hours before the guests arrive so they don’t burn on the grill.
- Cut up meats — beef, chicken, pork, hot dog pieces — whatever meat you want to serve. Marinate it for a couple of hours in separate bowls (if you’re having more than one kind of meat)
- Cut up vegetables — carrots, squash, potatoes, corn on the cob, zucchini, peppers, mushrooms, tomatoes (or use cherry tomatoes. Salt and pepper them and set them aside.
- Cut up fruits — apples, pineapple chunks, peaches, pear, melon — set aside for dessert.
- Gather other items that will be delicious with your meal, but may not survive the grilling process — chunks of cheese, herbs like rosemary, or parsley or basil. Grab some marshmallows, too if there will be children who will want to make s’mores later.
When the guests arrive, have all of your meal choices laid out, buffet style, give them some skewers and let them make their own shish kabobs. You’ll probably have friends who go for meat only while you’ll have others who will opt for a veggie only option and still others who will want to have a mix of meats and vegetables.
Have water and soap or wet wipes on hand for your guests to wash their hands after they’ve made their kabobs.
You can have your guests grab a marker and color one end of their skewers to differentiate them, or trust they will remember their own kabob choices.
Grill them up to their unique doneness, sit down and enjoy your delicious, unique meals.
After dinner’s over, you can grill shish kabobs of fruits. Consider serving the grilled fruits in hollowed out and grilled peach slices. Top with whipped cream or vanilla yogurt. Drizzle with honey, sprinkle with cinnamon and enjoy!
Shish kabobs are a fun dinner that your friends will long talk about and you’ll probably find yourself being invited over for a shish kabob dinner at their house next!