Nothing says 4th of July like kebabs, right? Food on a handy stick, served for appetizers, main dishes, and dessert – what could be better? I’ll tell you what could be better: nothing! I’ve scoured the internet, okay, not the entire internet, but rather Pinterest, for outstanding recipes for kebabs. You know you want to see them!
Nothing says 4th of July like grilling up delicious kebabs
Normally, when one thinks of 4th of July, they think of grilling burgers, hotdogs, steak, chicken and for those vegetarians out there, vegetables. Let’s think outside the box. You can still grill, for sure, but maybe grill some goodies that are on sticks. Kebabs to be exact! Before the grilling, though, imagine if you will, appetizers on sticks. Do you do an antipasto for the big day? Big news, folks, you can do that on a stick!
I’m serious, guys. It’s so much easier to walk around with a stick filled with food, and your drink, then it is with a huge plate of goodies, and your drink. THINK ABOUT IT, this is genius. GENIUS. Just keep in mind, you’ll have to increase the amount of ingredients you’ll need to purchase for these kebabs. Many of them only serve a few people at one time. Make sure to double, and even triple, a lot of these recipes.
Basically, make enough for your crowd. These recipes are just for a few people, and won’t make enough for a BBQ party. Good? Okay, moving on….
Antipasto Skewers Recipe
Everyone loves a good, Italian appetizer, am I right? Meat, peppers, mozzarella and more. You can’t get enough, and it’s even better on a stick! Jenny B from Honey & Birch gets it. She GETS IT, and nails it. You have to go get the recipe from her website! It’s amazing, and exactly what every Italian puts on their antipasto platter, but she makes it happen on kebabs! Love it.
Turkey Sandwich Kebabs
I get the name of it might throw you off, but this can totally be an appetizer option at your 4th of July party. Trust me. It’s got meat, cheese, and everything people love to start off the festivities. Just take the sandwich part out, and think of them as deli turkey kebabs. Trust me on this, it’s an alternative to those not into the pepperoni and italian peppers offered on the Antipasto Skewers. It’ll work, just have faith. Reluctant Entertainer has a fantastic recipe, you’ll love it. Super simple to do, and a great option for an appetizer on a stick!
Watermelon Feta Mint Skewers
Don’t roll your eyes on this one. Feta and watermelon, though sounds strange, is actually delicious together. I don’t know why this is, but it is. I didn’t want to believe it, because I’m not big on fruit with my regular food. Well, I’m not one for fruit in my salad, so Watermelon with Feta sounds crazy to me. But I tried it, loved it, and think it’s a great option for those who want to keep it light on the appetizer eating, to save room for the main events! Consider the Watermelon Feta Mint Skewers recipe from Bri over at Bites of Bri.
Melon, Prosciutto & Mozzarella Sticks
Another light appetizer on a stick, and super easy to make. If you’ve got a melon baller, that is! Running to the Kitchen has a beautifully simple recipe for these kebabs, as long as you’ve got a melon baller. If you don’t, no worries, just cut that melon up into squares. It’s just as pretty, and delicious, with squared melon, as it is with rounded melon.
I think we’ve got enough starters, let’s head to the main event!
Main Dish Kebabs
Definitely have a couple of burgers, and dogs, to throw on the grill. I’m not saying abandon everything that is holy on the 4th of July. I’m just saying, switch it up. Have some fun, and make it easier to carry around those adult beverages by putting food on a stick! I’ve got great options for Independence Day, cross my heart.
Meat Kebabs (Includes CHICKEN, because it’s a meat)
Grilled Brussels Sprouts and Kielbasa Kebabs
Kielbasa is a nice alternative to the average hot dog, right? Class it up with some brussels sprouts for a home run. Mr. Sunflower and Little Miss love brussels sprouts. Strange, but true. I’m sure there’s others out there that love them, too. Surprise the lovers of brussels sprouts with a treat on 4th of July!
Easy Chicken Cordon Bleu Kebabs with Swiss Cheese Sauce
A little tricky to have a sauce, but kind of worth it. Also, with so many lactose intolerant people in the world, it’s nice it has lactose free milk in it. Save their stomach, and your toilet with this one.
Greek-style Lamb Kebabs
You know, YOU KNOW, I can’t have a list like this without lamb. Not just lamb, but greek-style lamb, to boot. I truly believe I’m part greek. I have to be, because I’d eat greek food all day, and night, if given the chance. Although, I have this intense dislike for the letter K. No idea why, but it’s my least favorite letter in the alphabet, with the letter Y a close second. I have issues, don’t try to figure me out. Just head over for this amazing Emeril Lagasse kebab recipe.
Greek Lemon Chicken Skewers with Tzatziki Sauce
These are a bit labor intensive to prep, but the cook time is minimal. Yes, another sauce on this one, but it’s worth it. Plus, it’s nice to have a chicken option for the non-lamb lovers that love greek food. Don’t tease them with the lamb one, and then not have a chicken option. It’s just mean!
Rib-Eye, New Potato and Portobello Kebabs
Gotta have steak at a 4th of July BBQ. It’s kind of mandatory. Scratch that, not kind of mandatory, it’s just a must. Rib-Eye is one of the best for a BBQ, if you ask me. Sharing this is exciting! My favorite foods ever created by mother nature: mushrooms. Guess what a Portobello is? That’s right. A mushroom. Truffles are my other favorite food, in case you were wondering. Not the dessert kinds, the ones that pigs dig up on the country side.
Grilled Beef and Broccoli Kebabs
It’s all about options, and sometimes, a little green is necessary. You must throw it into the mix at a BBQ. What better way to get some broccoli into the mix? A little beef and broccoli on a stick. Perfect! Chinese food inspired on Independence Day. It’ll be a hit, don’t worry. Everyone will appreciate the effort.
Beer and Honey BBQ Chicken Skewers
It’s got beer in the title of the recipe, do we really need to get into any other details? I didn’t think so.
It happens. People who don’t eat actual meat, but do eat seafood. It’s the job of a good hostess to have a couple of seafood options, right? Don’t go nuts, though. Go for the crowd pleasers. Seafood lovers love salmon, so a safe bet: Salmon Kebabs.
Honey Sriracha Shrimp Kebabs
Another fan favorite for seafood lovers is shrimp. Give it a little kick for those who like a little spice!
Grilled Scallop and Orange Kebabs with Honey-Ginger Glaze
If you want to please a few other special guests, hit them with the scallops! Keep these quiet, though. Scallops are no joke when it comes to MONEY. I’m not a big seafood lover, so I don’t normally look at scallops at the store. WHOA BABY. But if you’ve got a smaller crowd, with a few special guests, get wild!
You can’t have a 4th of July party without desserts. Good desserts. By the time desserts come out, no one is able to hold a plate and their adult beverage. Food on a stick is essential by this point, so dessert kebabs are key! Keep them simple, but make sure at least one has chocolate!
Caramelized Pineapple Skewers
One of my favorite fruits is pineapple. Just sweet enough to be dessert, and healthy. End the day the perfect way: throw some pineapple on the grill with rum. You know I’m right!
Chocolate Drizzled Frozen Fruit Skewers
Sometimes, you just can’t use the BBQ. A frozen treat on a hot day is just as amazing as a BBQ dessert. Just have plenty of freezer space for this treat. Especially when you have to increase the recipe to handle a big crowd!
Strawberry Brownie Dessert Kebab
Fresh strawberries, store bought brownies, and marshmallows. Easy! Kids will love this one, even if they hand the fruit to their mothers. It’ll happen. Just be happy they don’t toss them out!
And there you have it. A kebab-centered Independence Day BBQ. Let me know how it goes if you try any of these for your entertaining on the big day.