~ A quick, easy way to make stunning fruit bouquets for fruit trays or cute fruit kabobs for fun, healthy snacks! Even easier yet? A few simple fruit cut-outs make any fruit platter special! ~
Fruit kabobs are your ticket to becoming a backyard-barbecue legend.
Picture this …
You volunteer to bring one of the easiest possible dishes to your friends’ picnic: fruit.
Yet when you arrive, fruit plate in hand, the adults are wowed. The kids are delighted and immediately begin scarfing fruit instead of chips and mini cupcakes. You are a hero.
Nah. It’s so easy!
When we posted our Healthy Sugared-Vanilla Yogurt Fruit Dip, our photos included some fun fruit kabobs and decorative fruit cut-outs. It wasn’t just all for show, though. When we took our fruit dip to our Fourth of July parties the following weekend, we really did spend a few extra moments to create fruit bouquets and cut-outs. It’s so worth it!
Through the years, we’ve always been surprised at how many ooohs and aaahs this simple strategy can net. We’re also consistently surprised at how many people wonder if we actually did it ourselves. Hmmmmm … something so simple that can turn humble fruit into a work of art?
You’ve gotta try this!
All you need are some cookie cutters in fun shapes like stars and flowers, a small vase or an apple to serve as a base, and a few of those bamboo kabob skewers you can purchase for just a buck or two at pretty much any supermarket. Oh…and fruit! For the ultimate fruit kabobs, we recommend that you buy a melon or two – watermelon, cantaloupe, honeydew – whatever looks good at the market.
Actually, the easiest-ever kabobs do not require any cookie cutters or melon at all. Just thread a colorful variety of fruit onto the skewers. Done!
For a little extra panache, cut your melon into slices, just slightly thinner than the depth of your cookie cutters (so your cutters will easily be able to cut all the way through). Then, cut out your fun shapes and add those to your skewers. So easy!
We recommend that the bottom fruit on each skewer be something sturdy like a grape. This will help to prevent the entire stack of fruit from slowly sliding its way down. Watermelon, for example, just isn’t dense enough to serve as a good base fruit (because, well, it’s mostly water …).
Now, grab a small glass or a vase. Break a few of the skewers off at the bottom so that some of them are taller than others and they don’t all have the same height in the vase. Place the vase on your fruit platter, arrange your gorgeous bouquet (channeling your inner florist), and heap all of your other fruit around your pièce de résistance. Fab!
Alternately, if you want a little less height, you can swap out the vase for a base like an apple (or a small head of iceberg lettuce … anything sturdy … you’re basically creating an edible base similar to florist’s foam). Cut the apple so that it has a flat side and place the apple, flat-side down, on your fruit platter.
Using an empty skewer, pre-poke some holes in the apple where you want to stick your fruit kabobs. Then, place your gorgeous kabobs into the pre-poked holes, breaking the bottoms of some skewers a little so they’re at differing heights. Mound all your other fruit around the bouquet on your serving platter … and you’re done!
No time to make kabobs? Couldn’t find skewers at the store? No problem! Just place a few cut-out shapes randomly on top of the other fruits on your platter. Guaranteed – they’ll be the first to go!
Oh – and one of the easiest ways to inspire your kids to nosh on fruit any time of the day? You guessed it! Just thread fruit onto “princess wands,” “pirate swords,” “triceratops horns” … anything that will strike their fancy!
Why does food always taste better on a stick? Who knows? And, really, who cares? As long as it inspires people to gobble more healthy fruit, does it really matter?!?
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