Summer Shack Corn Dogs
Love corn dogs but hate when the ratio of corn-to-dog is grievously in favor of corn. Us too. Solution? Make your own. (Note: the one pictured is actually from Shake Shack, but should give you a good visual of what we're aiming for.)
Greek Salad Skewers
Best served as appetizers or a side dish, these aren't fall-down fancy or terribly complicated. They are fresh, flavorful, pretty, and require no heating implement whatsoever.
Fried Crispy Shrimp Skewers
A riff on traditional Japanese pork katsu, these go equally well with a lemony mayo, or the sweet and hot fish sauce caramel we suggest.
Seared Sesame Tenderloin Skewers
This recipe uses sesame two ways. Toasted sesame oil infuses the beef as it marinates with tamari, ponzu, and mirin, and also anoints the sauce with its inimitable scent and flavor. The cubes of tender beef are also crusted in dappled white and black sesame seeds for crunch.
Peanut Butter Fondue
Chances are you have a jar of peanut butter in your cupboard and some items to skewer and dip. And everything tastes better with peanut butter on it, right? So why not make like the Swiss (and Nike?) and just fondue-it?
Homemade Bomb Pops
Replacing artificial colors and flavors with the natural charms of fresh berries and tangy cheesecake, nobody will miss the true blue in these delicious homespun versions of the familiar day-glo red-white-and-blue rocket pop.
A tangy peanut sauce blends peanut butter with Asian flavors. Serving the meat and sauce separately means your in control of how much (or little) you want your skewers soaked in peanut butter.
Pumpkin Pie Pops
These pops are ideal for crust lovers, providing a high crust-to-filling ratio. Condensed milk instead of the more frequently used evaporated milk provides a deliciously rich, caramelly-tasting filling.
The Japanese term yakitori literally means "grilled bird," and refers to skewers of chicken cooked over a charcoal grill. Commonly served in casual, inexpensive izakayas (Japanese drinking establishments with food beyond bar snacks) and beer gardens, yakitori is considered by many to be the Japanese equivalent of American fast food.
Calvados Caramel Apples with Salted Walnuts
A gourmet spin on the classic caramel apples pictured, this recipe adds a splash of Calvados (the French apple brandy), a light dip of toasted walnuts, and sea salt.