With the Fourth of July fast approaching you may find yourself beginning to plan what you want to make for your guests who are coming over for the annual celebration of our country’s independence. Before the fireworks fly and the marshmallows are roasted over fires, hosts and hostesses are faced with the task of feeding their guests, and for some this could mean dozens of mouths to feed. One solution sure to make your life easier is to incorporate skewers into your menu. They are incredibly easy to throw together ahead of time meaning your day-of cooking list will be that much shorter. Preparing them is a breeze and some require nothing more than refrigeration before serving while others are simply thrown on the grill.
One great skewer for your party are caprese skewers. These are incredibly easy to throw together ahead of time and simply put them into the fridge until you want to serve them. All that is required is cherry tomatoes, fresh basil leaves, and marinated mozzarella balls. Thread the tomatoes, mozzarella and basil onto the skewers in whatever varying pattern you prefer. Using the leftover mozzarella marinated oil, drizzle this over the skewers on a platter along with a drizzle of balsamic vinegar as well. Throw a dash of salt and pepper over them and simply throw them in the fridge until you plan to serve them.
Another great skewer option is to chop up a bunch of summertime vegetables such as squash, zucchini, bell peppers, tomatoes and onions and arrange them how you prefer on a skewer. Season them with a drizzle of olive oil or your favorite vinaigrette, before throwing them on the grill. Once cooked, these skewers can be eaten as a healthy side of vegetables or they can be added to burritos, sandwiches, pitas, or even on top of a salad. These can also be prepared ahead of time and thrown in the fridge until they are ready to be cooked.
These two healthy vegetarian options are great alternatives to slaving over time consuming vegetable side dishes. They are easy to make, easy to store, and easy to eat when served. It’s summertime and nobody likes to eat with their knives and forks when the sun is out!