Saturday, March 9, 2013
Fruit Kabobs With Sweet Cream Cheese Dip
I made these for a Super Bowl party and they were gone in a matter of minutes - and my kids (even my picky fruit eater) were ecstatic about them. Why is food always better on a stick?! Well, for whatever reason, it is. This is a quick, easy, healthy potluck or party recipe. I highly recommend the dip, but it's not necessary. Fruit alone on a stick is good enough!
1 lb. red seedless grapes
4 Mandarin oranges (or Clementines)
3 to 4 medium apples
2 large bananas
1 package of strawberries
Directions: Wash and slice the apples, then soak them in ginger ale (yes, ginger ale - it works!) for 5 to 10 minutes and set aside. Slice and toss the bananas with lemon juice. Set aside. Wash the grapes and strawberries, and slice the strawberries in half lengthwise. Peel and separate the oranges. Take the skewers and cut them in half (I used very sharp kitchen scissors, but a sharp chef's knife would work as well). Thread the fruit onto the skewers, leaving about 1/2-inch on both ends so that they can be picked up. Refrigerate until serving. (*NOTE: I made these about 2 hours ahead of time, and the apples and bananas did not change color!*) This recipe makes approximately 20 skewers.
SWEET CREAM CHEESE DIP
1 package cream cheese (8 oz.)
1/2 cup brown sugar (*I cut this down to about 1/4 cup)
1 tsp vanilla
2 T sour cream
Place cream cheese in a microwave-safe bowl and microwave for about 20 seconds. Combine the remaining ingredients and mix well with a spoon or hand mixer. Serve immediately or refrigerate until serving.