Contributed by Denise Romeo, We Like To Cook!
Summer is the time for grilling and family cookouts, but we all know how hard it is to keep the kids from being underfoot and away from the hot coals. Well, we have you covered! This is a kid-friendly edible craft project gets them involved and keeps them out of harm’s while keeping you out of the kitchen. Kids will love being able to assemble the ingredients on skewers and enjoy eating them even more.
This take on shortcake or trifle is the perfect way to serve up all the amazing fruits that are in season. Fruits placed on the grill get a smoky caramelized flavor that matches the toasty gooey marshmallows. You can use your imagination to decide which to grill. We think this is going to be your new go-to dessert; impressive for guests and easy for you.
Grilled Fruit Kebabs
- 8 large strawberries
- Fruit (watermelon, peaches, pineapple, grapefruit, etc.), cut into 2” to 3” cubes
- Large marshmallows
- Angel food cake or pound cake, cut into 2” cubes
- Bamboo skewers
- Chocolate sauce for serving (optional)
Preheat your grill to low. If you are using a charcoal grill, you should wait until the fire has died down after grilling your main dish.
Rinse and clean the fruit. Kids can help with this using a plastic knife to cut the fruit into cubes or use a straw inserted into the bottom of the strawberries to gently push through to the stem which pops right out cleanly. This straw method has an added bonus; the strawberry already has a hole for the skewer.
Have the kids thread the ingredients on your skewers. We allotted 2 pieces of cake and one marshmallow per person, but there are no rules. Skewers can be uniform or freestyle – no judgments!
Gently place the skewers on the grill. You can add an additional rack for easier removal and it added another layer between the skewers and the flame.
Turn the skewers frequently to achieve even cooking on all sides. Depending on how hot your grill is, you may be turning constantly. Keep an eye on the marshmallows as they are the most fragile of the ingredients.
When your skewers have reached the desired amount of doneness, remove them to a plate. Arrange the skewers on a serving tray and drizzle with chocolate sauce if you wish, but the fruit is so sweet and delicious, you probably won't want have to!
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