Fruit skewers are delicious and sure to please a variety of palates. However, serving the same humdrum fruit skewer at every special occasion can be anything but enjoyable. Try changing up the traditional fruit skewer recipe to surprise everyone's taste buds. Take the time to think outside of the box when assembling the skewers. The new ideas will be a welcomed change from the same old fruit skewers.
When selecting fruit, look for heartier fruits that will not fall off a skewer, such as apricots, nectarines, peaches and plums. These stone fruits are found mostly in the summer. Other fruit to consider are seedless grapes, pineapple, honeydew melon and cantaloupe. Cut the stone fruits, pineapple and melons into cubes. If you have a melon baller, scoop out the fruit to assemble on the skewer. Cut melons lengthwise and use cookie cutters to create fun fruit shapes to skewer. You can also add smaller, whole fruit, such as grapes, to allow them to better hold on the skewer.
Fruit skewers can be skewered along with small brownie squares and cheese cubes. If you are serving the skewers as a dessert, the chocolate will complement the sweet flavours of the fruit. Any of your favourite brownie recipes can be used. Add cheese cubes to fruit skewer appetizers for a salty and sweet combination. Regardless of what you add to the fruit skewers, cut everything close to the same size. The flavours will blend together instead of having one flavour overwhelm the other.
Platters are the common choice for serving fruit skewers. Step outside of the norm by arranging your fruit skewers in baskets, vases or even other fruit. Cut a piece of foam to fit inside of the basket or vase. Arrange the skewers in the basket or vase by inserting the empty end of the skewer into the foam. The foam will hold the skewers in place. Stack multiple layers of foam to increase the height if the skewers are not visible. Other fruit can be used as a skewer stand as well. Cut the bottom off of a cantaloupe or cut a watermelon in half lengthwise. Insert the skewers into the top of the fruit.
Melt chocolate and caramel to drizzle across the fruit skewers before serving. Serve any leftover chocolate or caramel sauce alongside the skewers for guests to dip them in. Yoghurt-based sauces pair nicely with fruit skewers as well. Sweeten plain yoghurt with honey, brown sugar or vanilla extract. Grated fresh ginger, lime and orange peel can also flavour the plain yoghurt for the fruit skewers.
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