Friday, May 21, 2010

Mystery Appetizer

By Heather

Every once in a while someone in the house will ask me what's for dinner, and I'll say "Mystery Dinner." This response always causes widespread panic as it means I'm trying a new recipe. As you might surmise, my family isn't all that fond of change. Some of the new recipes are keepers, others go by the wayside. But no matter what, trying something new is fun.

Which is why when I learned I was undertaking the "appetizer" portion of the Cozy Chicks' al fresco dining week, I gladly logged onto the Internet and searched for easy summer appetizers. I know, I know. I should have come up with something on my own. BUT, I'm not an appetizer kind of cook. I'm a family dinner, comfort food kind of cook. I think I've made maybe three appetizers in my life. Definitely out of my cooking comfort zone, but I think I found a recipe (mystery appetizer!) you and I will both love. And I cannot wait to see what you rename it.

(Original recipe from Women's Day.)

Fruit Kabobs

1/2 small seedless watermelon (about 7 lb), rind removed

large seedless green grapes, removed from stems
1 pt blueberries

1 lime

2 Tbsp sugar


Have ready sixteen 6 to 8-in. wooden skewers, and line a rimmed baking
sheet with plastic wrap.

Cut watermelon in chunks. Alternating fruits, thread on skewers. Arrange
on baking sheet, cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate until serving.

Grate zest and squeeze juice from lime. Put zest, lime juice and sugar in
a small bowl, let stand 10 minutes, then stir until sugar dissolves.

Just before serving, drizzle or brush kabobs with lime syrup. Transfer to
serving platter.

*Tip: Mix and match your favorite fruits. Oh, and think about grilling them as an option, too. Just soak your skewers so they don't burn!