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!


Dru said...

Juicy Killer Bites

tonya kappes said...

Because you have so many fruits, juices on a stick and your mouth is messing with your head!

Kelley said...

Death of a fruit kabob...

because you'll eat this in one huge bite!! :)

Margot said...

Killer Kabob

Helen Kiker said...

Skewered by Summer Fruit

Mare F said...

Lime of Death.
You guys are killing me. I keep changing menus at home. LOL

elysabeth said...

I'd put more berries on the kabobs - strawberries, blueberries, bananas (not a berry), grapes and perhaps the watermelon - drizzling with lemon instead of lime (maybe - lol) and call it -

Sanguinary Shishkabob

(a play on murderous/bloody for all the fruit juices that would come together)

Ritaestelle said...

Slay It With Fruit Kabobs

Heather Webber said...

I'd been waiting for someone to use "skewer!" These titles are so creative. I'm impressed!

I should mention that the drawing for the contest will be next week--after Deb finishes the dinner with dessert...

trek said...

If it were a book title, I liked Marie F's Lime of Death.

Pierced Produce

Lover of Books said...

Kabobed to Death

Instead of Clubbed to death etc. :)


signlady217 said...

Cutthroat Kabobs.

Andrea C. said...

Fruit Stabbers
(I kept trying to use skewer or stab but can't come up with anything I really like!)

Valerie Consoer said...

Killer Skewer o' Fruit

vtcjan at yahoo dot com said...

Skewered through the heart

Vickie said...

The Body in the Fruit Kabob

Vickie said...

Kabob A My House, My House....

The Hot Heads Groupie said...

Fruits in Cahoots

Bloody Red and Cold Blue: Harpooned Before their Lime

Kaboom Kabobs

A First Course Finished by the
Grapes of Wrath

Predatory Produce

Fab Stabbed Fruit