Good morning my merry friends!
I don’t know about y’all, but this time of year a sister needs her finger food arsenal stocked and fully loaded, ready for those last minute family get togethers, office potlucks, white elephant parties, and impromptu gatherings.
As a southern lady by birth, I know how far you can stretch a jar of mayonnaise, cup of sour cream, block of cream cheese, and some shredded cheese…as a paleo lady by choice, that sounds, unfortunately or fortunately depending on how you look at it, like a digestive disaster for me.
I love a hearty dip, but sometimes you want to provide your guests with something they can pick-up and munch on without fear of dropping or plopping dip on their festive sweaters or, even worse, your carpet.
Sure, you can put out ample amounts of napkins and pray everything stays clean. Or, my preference, just put those snacks on a stick.
Who doesn’t love food on a stick?
Think about it- corndogs (NOT corny dogs you crazies), cake pops, kebabs, turkey legs (yes, I’d argue a turkey bone is similar to a stick), popsicles.
Putting food on a stick seems to make the act of eating it slightly more exciting, and if you disagree you clearly haven’t eaten anything off of a stick lately.
And I’m sad for you for that reason.
But good news! I’ve got an appetizer on a stick that is: 1- easy peasy 2- healthy 3- make-ahead 4- ON A STICK
Just two nights ago, I attended the third-annual McNutt white elephant party at my gorgeous and beloved sister-in-law Julie’s house. With everyone chipping in a little of this and that as family usually does at these sorts of things, I signed up to bring a few apps and a DIVINE salad I’ll share with y’all at the end of the week.
Knowing that the rest of the McNutts, Julie excluded, aren’t so paleo and would probably be bringing cheesy, gooey, creamy dips, I decided to make sure I brought something I could nibble on without the worry of stomach cramping hours later.
So naturally, and selfishly, I whipped up these antipasta skewers so I could snack on some of my favorite savory yummies while I waited for the main event, beef tenderloin, to be ready.
If there’s one things I’ve learned about pregnancy over these past six months, it’s don’t push it when it comes to the hunger…my hangriness has really evened out over this past trimester, but I didn’t want to test my limits at a family Christmas party. There would be small children in attendance, after all.
So how easy is this appetizer? (As I channel my inner domestic goddess Ina Garten who ALWAYS says that)
You will need:
1) some meats,
2) some briney vegetables,
3) some cheese,
4) some fresh vegetables,
You can be super flexible with what goes on these skewers, too. Here’s my line up of yummy Italian snackies: cheddar-stuffed olives, sliced red bell pepper, salami, grape tomatoes, basil, marinated artichoke heart quarter, mozzarella ball.
You could add green peppers, prosciutto, pepperoni, marinated mushrooms, and other types of olives and cheeses on there, too. And for the paleo police out there, you could just take the mozzerella off and use pimento-stuffed olives to make it compliant.
I like how with this app, if there’s something someone doesn’t like, they can just munch around it…my brother-in-law and I had a deal last night that I’d swap him my mozzarella for his tomatoes and olives. Sharing is caring, huh?
What’s also really convenient about this recipe, if you can even call it that, is that you can prep these skewers earlier in the day and keep them in the fridge until it’s party time.
I have another white elephant party this coming weekend with some couples from my church, so these little fellas will certainly be making yet another appearance at that party.
If you’re not fortunate enough to be in attendance with me that evening, I promise you can handle making these on your own without my supervision.
Healthy Happy Texan
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