With Memorial Day, Father’s Day and Summer upon us, outdoor entertaining is a welcome change. Make the grill the center of attraction for your next party. Plan a menu that allows your guests to sample various barbecued foods. How about hosting a Kabob Party and offer your guests the opportunity to make their own skewer from a selection of marinated meats, seafood, veggies and even fruits. This will be a fun activity for your guests and will satisfy your kids, and vegetarian friends while engaging the guests in conversation.
The benefit to planning this kind of party is less work and your food goes a long way as the guests choose how much to put on their kabob. There is always one or two “master grillers” in the crowd. Let them be in charge of watching the grill. Keep them happy with refreshing drinks and snacking foods while they are in charge. Also, make sure to have the grill area ready with ample space for cooking and the right BBQ tools, serving plates and cleanup items.
More tips for a successful grilling party
1) Keep clean up easy with eco-friendly plates and utensils
2) Be Prepared: Prep the day before and have your meats cut, seasoned or marinated. Do the same for the vegetables and breads.
3) Save time: Put out some store bought side dishes or starter dishes for guests to graze on while they wait for their kabobs.
4) Portion Control & Labeling: Make your food stretch out by evenly cutting the grilling foods and placing them in individual plates with labels that describe the food and marinade or sauce
5) Plan a couple of outdoor games such as Horseshoes, Croquet, Bocce Ball and Badminton or other activities while your guest wait for their food.
- Nonstick spray
- 3 firm but ripe nectarines, halved, pitted
- 3 firm but ripe purple/black plums, halved, pitted
- 3 firm but ripe red plums, halved, pitted
- 6 metal skewers or thick wooden skewers soaked in water 30 minutes
- 3 tablespoons sugar
- *Other fruit substitutions can be apricots and peaches
Spray the grill rack with nonstick spray and prepare the barbecue (medium-high heat). Thread 1 piece of each fruit on each of 6 skewers so that the cut sides line up and lay flat. Sprinkle the sugar over the cut sides of the fruit. Let stand until the sugar dissolves, about 10 minutes.
Place the fruit skewers on the grill cut side down. Grill the fruit until it is heated through and caramelized, about 5 minutes. Transfer 1 fruit skewer to each plate and serve.
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