Bacon is threaded onto a soaked bamboo skewer and baked perfectly crisp in the oven while a mixed berry kabob is lightly flavored with a hint of sweetness, lemon and mint. Your brunch guests will LOVE these skewers.You’ve probably noticed I have a bit of a thing for skewers from my Halloween Candy Skewers, Italian Antipasto Skewers, Chorizo Tapas Skewers or Greek Antipasto Skewers. Aside from the deliciousness there is a definite reason for this. As a chef who is up to my eyeballs every holiday season with client parties, I get pretty good at trying to include easy menu items that are a hit but don’t take my focus away from main courses. These kabobs are the easiest and arguably most popular brunch items on every menu they appear on. The best part is they take almost no effort at all!
Lets start with the most important lady at the party, the bacon kabob. The “recipe” here is pretty much nonexistent, it is mostly just technique. Soak your skewers, flavor your bacon if you want (brown sugar is an obvious delicious option here, I’ve also used cayenne or chili powder for a spicy sweet kick) and put in a cold oven set to 400 for 12-15 minutes. I thread my bacon on in a wavy weave for aesthetic reasons.
For the fruit skewers I toss the berries in a lightly sweetened lemon and mint mixture. This is mostly because clients usually request these out of season and adding just a hint of sweet really makes them a hit even if the berries don’t get to make the best showing.
The best thing about these skewers aside from how easy they are is how adorable they are. I always have at least one person tell me how much they enjoyed the “bacon on a stick.”
What is your favorite food to serve for brunch events?
- 1 pound bacon (usually 16-20 slices in a pound)
- 2 pounds of mixed berries
- 36 bamboo skewers
- ¼ cup water
- 1 tablespoon sugar
- 1 tablespoon lemon juice
- 1 teaspoon minced mint (optional)
- Soak your bamboo used for the bacon for an hour or so.
- Thread the bacon onto the skewers.
- For the best look I usually make it pretty wavy, this also prevents the bacon from sitting completely in the rendered fat.
- Line your baking sheet with parchment paper and put the skewers on the sheet.
- Without preheating, put the bacon in the oven.
- Turn the oven onto 400 degrees and set your timer for 12 minutes.
- The bacon will take anywhere from 12-15 minutes to cook, but after 12 minutes it is a good idea to keep an eye on it as you don't want it to burn and the last bit of browning happens pretty quickly.
- For the berries, mix the water, sugar, lemon juice and mint and toss the berries in it.
- Skewer as you wish on the bamboo sticks.
- Try to save some for the guests 🙂