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veggie and meat kabobs on a grill smoking

Build Your Own Kabob

veggie and meat kabobs on a grill smoking

Grilling calls for a variety of recipes, with kabobs coming in on top! Whether it’s a fajita style skewer or a veggie medley, these tips and tricks will make sure your kabobs are the talk of the BBQ.

Kabob Grilling 101

  • Preheat the grill until you reach a consistent temperature before placing any skewers on it. We recommend around 375 degrees.
  • Be sure to cut your meat and vegetables into similar sizes so they can cook evenly.
  • Assess the space on the grill, and cut your meat and vegetables larger than the space between the griddles so they have a larger surface area of heat.
  • Submerge your wooden skewers in water before cooking to avoid burning the wood.
  • In order to create the desired grill marks, be sure to let your kabob settle and cook long enough before rotating them.
  • Add some olive or vegetable oil onto your kabobs before placing them on the grill.
  • It is helpful to set a timer with each turn to ensure each side of the kabob gets even heat.
  • Grilling your kabob at a consistent medium heat than cranking the heat up too high. This will help you avoid a tough and burned kabob.

Average Cooking Times

  • Most meats cook for around 12-15 minutes.
  • Fish should take around 10 minutes.
  • Veggies should take around 8-10 minutes.

Build Your Own Kabob

Try some of our favorite kabob pairings!

  • Steak, Potato & Bell Peppers
    • Stack together seasoned steak, cubed potatoes, and bell peppers to make this delicious kabob.
  • Lemon & Garlic Shrimp
    • Add some citrus flavor to your shrimp skewer and top with garlic, basil and salt and pepper to taste.
  • Veggie Medley
    • Line up mushrooms, bell peppers, cherry tomatoes, red onion, zucchini and more for the ultimate veggie medley. Top with olive oil, lemon juice, and garlic to complete the palette.
  • Grilled Chicken
    • Cube chicken breasts into 1 inch pieces and pair with yellow bell pepper, zucchini, and red onion. Top with olive oil, soy sauce, honey and minced garlic medley. Top with salt and pepper.
  • Meat Only
    • Take your favorite meat and throw it on a skewer. Top with salt and pepper to taste and olive oil for browning. Pair with veggie kabobs as a side.

Food Club Tuna Melt

Elevate your classic tuna Sandwich easily for a twist on a lunch favorite. Find our recommended additions below.

Ingredients:

  • 2 slices of your favorite bread
  • 1 can Food Club Tuna
  • 1/4 cup Food Club Mayonnaise
  • 1 tbs. Lemon Juice
  • Salt & Pepper to taste
  • Handful of sprouts
  • Freshly cut tomato

Instructions:

Start toasting 2 slices of bread in the toaster or in a pan. In a medium bowl, mix tuna, mayo, lemon juice and salt and pepper. Once your toast has finished, layer tomato, tuna mixture and sprouts on top for the ultimate tuna sandwich.

Street Corn Guacamole

What do you get when you combine street corn and guacamole? A to-die-for chip dip that will keep everyone dipping.

What you’ll need:

  • 4 avocados, peeled
  • 1 small red onion, diced
  • 2 garlic cloves, chopped
  • 1 roma tomato, diced
  • 1/4 cup cilantro
  • salt & pepper to taste
  • lime juice of 2 limes
  • 1 can corn
  • 1/2 cup sour cream
  • 1 Tbsp chili powder
  • 1/8 tsp cayenne
  • 3/4 cup cotija cheese

In a large bowl, combine avocados, onion, cloves, tomato, cilantro, salt & pepper and lime juice with a potato masher kitchen tool or something similar. Set aside.

In a medium bowl, mix together corn, sour cream, chili powder, cayenne and cotija cheese.

Mix half of corn mixture into avocado mixture. Place in serving bowl. Top with other half of corn mixture. Enjoy!

Grilled Peaches with Ice Cream

 

Put fresh peaches on the grill to bring out their sweet and delicious flavor. To truly make this a decadent dessert, add a scoop of ice cream on top.

Ingredients:

1 peach

1 scoop of vanilla ice cream

Brown sugar

 

Directions:

Cut peach in half and place skin-side up on medium-high grill.

Remove once peach has a good char.

Sprinkle brown sugar over the charred side of the peach and top with a scoop of ice cream.

Grilled Cheese Dippers

Rolled grilled cheese with tomato soup

The perfect snack has finally been created- the Grilled Cheese dipper! To accomplish this delicious and dippable snack, you simply roll and grill your traditional grilled cheese. To make this snack even better, don’t forget the tomato soup for the perfect dipping combo.

Ingredients:

1 loaf white bread

1 pkg. sliced cheddar cheese

1 can tomato soup

Instructions:

Lay two slices of white bread side-by-side on a flat surface and roll to 1/4 inch thick with a rolling pin. Lay a slice of a cheese on top and roll into a pin-wheel shape. If needed, slide a toothpick through each side to hold in place while you grill.

After rolling out the amount you need, heat a frying pan with 2 tbs. of butter over medium heat until butter is fully melted. Lay 3-5 rolled grilled cheese in the pan and rotate 90 degrees after browned and melty until you have grilled the entire roll.

To serve, heat tomato soup through and dip the cheesy grilled cheese dippers. Enjoy!

Food Club Loaded Fry Sauce

The classic dipping sauce with an extra boost of flavor. Try out this zesty Food Club favorite.

What you’ll need:

  • 1/2 cup mayonnaise
  • 1/2 cup ketchup
  • 1/4 cup relish
  • 1 TBSP apple cider vinegar
  • 1/4 tsp cayenne
  • kosher salt to taste

Whisk all ingredients together in medium bowl. Enjoy!

DIY Patriotic Candy Poppers

A great activity for this patriotic week–everyone is sure to have a blast making these patriotic candy poppers.

What you’ll need:

  • toilet paper tubes
  • scrapbook or cardstock paper
  • tissue paper
  • ribbon/string
  • candy and confetti
  • adhesive-hot glue gun, glue sticks, double stick tap, glue dots or tape runner
  • scissors

Steps:

1.Measure the length of your toilet paper tubes and cut a strip of scrapbook or cardstock paper to wrap around it. Use adhesive to secure.

2. Cut a piece of tissue paper that will fit inside the toilet paper tube–the circumference. Line the bottom inside edge of the tube with adhesive. Press the tissue paper on adhesive all around the inside circumference. This will the be the tail of your popper.

3. Gather the tissue paper together once adhered to tube and tie with ribbon or string. Cut off excess tissue paper. You only need a few inches of tissue paper below where the ribbon/string is tied.

4. Cut a large half circle out of scrapbook/cardstock paper and roll into a cone. Trim to desired length.

5. Fill tubes with candy and confetti. Line the top edge of toilet paper tube with adhesive and secure cone top onto the tube.

6. When you are ready to celebrate hold the toilet paper tube and pull the tied tissue paper section and POP to get your sweet surprise!

watermelon and blueberry star shaped skewers

Fruit Sparklers

watermelon and blueberry star shaped skewers

These fruit sparklers are sure to be the star of your 4th of July festivities. They’re easy to make, and even easier to enjoy!

Ingredients:

1 whole watermelon

16 oz fresh blueberries

Skewers

Instructions:

Slice watermelon into 1 inch thick, vertical slices. Then use a small star shaped cookie cutter to make your shapes. This is possible to achieve from making a star out of a knife, which we wish you luck on this endeavor!

Add about 10 blueberries onto your skewers, and leave a bit of room at the bottom for room to hold.

Add your watermelon star to the top of the skewer and your fruit sparklers are ready to go. Cover and refrigerate for a later snack. Enjoy!

Father’s Day Food Gift Ideas

Father’s Day is this Sunday so it is time to decide how you are going to celebrate the men in your life. We all know that the way to any man’s heart is through his stomach. So why not get a gift that will have his heart and his stomach smiling? We have put together a list of 15 ways you and your kids can show love this Father’s Day with food.

  • Soda: You’re the best POP!
  • Nuts: We are NUTS about you Dad!
  • Fresh Baked Muffins: We would be MUFFIN without you Dad!
  • Popcorn: To the best POP in the world!
  • Swedish Fish: You’re a CATCH! Happy Father’s Day!
  • Reeses Pieces: We love you to PIECES Dad!
  • Kit Kat: Take a break today Dad! You deserve it!
  • Donuts: Donut you know? You’re an awesome Dad!
  • Pops Basket (include Corn Pops, Pop-Tarts, Popcorn, Pop Rocks, Poppyseed muffins, Quaker Popped Chips: Happy POPS Day!
  • Fruit Basket: We are BANANAS about you Dad!
  • Pizza: Any way you slice it…you’re the best Dad!
  • Peanut M&Ms: To my slightly nutty but sweet Dad!
  • Ice Cream: Dad, you’re the COOLest!
  • Fresh Baked Cookies: Dad, you’re one smart COOKIE!
  • Chocolate Covered Cinnamon Bears: We love you BEAR-Y much!

Apple Dips

Dip it real good with these candy inspired apple dips.

Peanut Butter Cup Apple Dip

Peanut Butter Apple Dip with Peanut Butter Candies and Apple Slices

Ingredients

8 oz cream cheese, softened

½ cup butter, softened

¼ cup brown sugar, packed

½ cup peanut butter

2 teaspoons vanilla

1 cup peanut butter cups, chopped

Sliced apples for dipping

Directions

In large bowl, mix butter and cream cheese until smooth and well combined

Add in brown sugar, peanut butter and vanilla extract

Fold in chopped peanut butter cups

Serve dip right away or keep in refrigerator. Allow dip to soften at room temperature for 30 minutes before serving if refrigerated.

Caramel Apple Candy Dip

Apple Dip with Chocolate and Peanut Candy and Apple Slices

Ingredients

8 oz cream cheese, softened

½ cup brown sugar

½ cup sugar

1 teaspoon vanilla

4 tablespoons caramel syrup, divided

6 fun size caramel, nougat, and peanut candies, chopped

Sliced apples for dipping

Directions

In large bowl, mix cream cheese, brown sugar, sugar, vanilla and 2 tablespoons caramel syrup until well combined

Fold in half of the chopped Snickers.

Top with remaining Snicker pieces and drizzle on the remaining 2 tablespoons of caramel syrup.

Serve dip right away or refrigerate.

Caramel Apple Toffee Dip

Caramel Apple Dip with Toffee Crumbles and Apple Slices

Ingredients

8 oz cream cheese, softened

½ cup powdered sugar

1 tablespoon milk

½ tablespoon vanilla extract

3 toffee candy bars, crushed

3 tablespoons caramel sauce

Sliced apples for dipping

Directions

In large bowl, beat cream cheese until smooth, add in powdered sugar and beat until well combined.

Mix in milk and vanilla.

Fold in crushed toffee candy bars and then drizzle caramel sauce on top.

Serve right away or refrigerate.