Sunday, August 1, 2010

Fruit Kabobs

This is another one of those things that I have enjoyed for so long and have simply forgot to add to my blog, so without further a-do... the ever cute Fruit Kabobs.

This is great year round, using whatever fruit is in season at the time. My good buddy Sarah Jane makes them every year for the 4th of July, and I use them a lot with big groups, showers and parties. They are easy to put together and easy for people to to enjoy without having fruit roll all over their plate!

Simply buy wooden skewers at the grocery store and pick up any fruit that is seasonally ripe. For summertime, any of the melons, pineapple, strawberries, and even blueberries work well. In the colder months, think about oranges, apples, grapes and bananas. Softer fruits like peaches and raspberries have a tendency to fall off the skewers. Also, keep your chunks bigger-the thinner you slice them, the more likely they are to fall off the skewer. And if you are preparing these for a large group, it's easy to cut up all the fruit the night before and store it in separate Ziplock bags until an hour or so before when you can assemble them on the skewers.

Fun Dip Ideas to serve with your Fruit:

Lemon Yogurt Drizzle:
1 lemon, zested & juiced
8 oz vanilla yogurt
2 TBSP lemon curd

Mix the lemon curd with the yogurt, zest the lemon (about 2 tsp) and add it some lemon juice for extra flavoring, to your tasting. Stir well and refrigerate until using. This is a runnier dip for drizzling over the top of your fruit.
* This is great to use if you are serving this for a breakfast or brunch, it's refreshing and tangy, and more of a drizzle than a dip!

Strawberry Cool Whip Dip:
1 carton or cool whip, defrosted
1 container of strawberry yogurt, pre-stirred
* Mix the two together and chill before serving. This is more of a sweet treat and looks really cute!

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