Did you know you could get Sriracha on a stick? What about pie, and why does everything seem to taste better on a stick anyway? Foods you can eat on a stick run the gamut from traditional (bacon) to ridiculous (scorpion), so you're sure to find something you love for National Something On A Stick Day Mar. 28.
I have a confession to make: I just had my first corndog on a stick last year. The idea of a hot dog on a stick wrapped in something made out of corn always sounded a little gross to me, but I went on a bike ride at the beach for a friend's birthday and she insisted we have corndogs for dinner. It was one of the best food decisions I've ever made.
Skewering food dates back to 17th century Greece, and today's fast-paced lifestyle has kept the food-on-a-stick trend both relevant and necessary. Pretty much any type of food can come on a stick, except maybe soup because I'm not sure how that would work (unless you make a soupsicle, which I suppose you could do with gazpacho).
This National Something On A Stick Day, hit up your favorite street food fair, or food truck, and get yourself a bouquet of skewered delicacies. While the options are endless, here's a few of the best things to eat to celebrate this epic day.
1. Spiced Beef Skewers With Roasted Squash & Garlic Rice
Adventures In Cooking recommends this delicious beef, squash, rice, and garlic meatball skewer from Blue Apron. This is super easy to make, and if you subscribe to Blue Apron, they'll send you all of the ingredients. You can also just follow the recipe and make this yourself for National Something On A Stick Day. Get the recipe from Adventures In Cooking.
2. Grilled Shrimp & Sausage Skewers With Smoky Paprika Glaze
Each bite of this shrimp, sausage, and tomato on a stick delicacy introduces a new flavor into your mouth. The textures of each individual ingredient are full of contrast, and the paprika glaze ties it all together. Want to wow them on National Something On A Stick Day? Get this recipe from A Farm Girl Dabbles.
It's the time of year for Peeps, which is one of my least favorite candies. But, if you're a Peeps connoisseur I have good news. Peeps come on a stick, so even if you don't want to eat these marshmallow sugar birds, you can make a pretty peeps bouquet and pop it in a vase for a cheery centerpiece.
4. Fruity Rice Krispies Kabobs
This is pretty much the best thing to ever happen to Rice Krispies. While this beautiful treat looks super fancy, it's beyond easy to make, assemble and enjoy. Put some together for National Something On A Stick Day. Get the recipe from A Spicy Perspective.
5. “Street Meat” Grilled Lamb Kebabs
These delicious kebobs were inspired by a trip to Northwest China where Chinese and Middle-Eastern thoughts and traditions intersect. While the original recipe calls for "old goat," lamb works just as well, and is much tastier, because I'm not sure where you can find yourself some old goat. Get the recipe from A Spicy Perspective.
6. Balsamic Garlic Grilled Mushroom Skewers
I'm a huge fan of anything involving mushrooms, and putting them on a stick is even better. If you're not a meat eater, this delicious recipe brings together a cornucopia of flavors, and is quick and easy to make. Get the recipe from Closet Cooking.
7. Roasted Brussels Sprouts & Halloumi Sliders
This might be one of the most interesting — and mouthwatering — skewer idea I have come across. Brussel sprouts are the new kale, so this is a hip and healthy way to celebrate National Something On A Stick Day. Enjoy these roasted brussels sprouts sliders stuffed with fried halloumi cheese, caramelized onions, and grainy mustard. Get the recipe from Closet Cooking.
8. Watermelon & Tomato Popsicles
Have something cool for National Something On A Stick Day with these surprisingly delicious watermelon and tomato popsicles. If you plan ahead a bit (you know, because they need to freeze) you'll have a refreshing dessert to enjoy after your skewer dinner. Get the recipe from A Cozy Kitchen.
9. Chocolate Covered Banana Split Bites
You can never have too many deserts, and these chocolate covered banana split bites (on a stick, of course) are a perfect end to any meal. Get the recipe from Food Doodles.
10. Rainbow Vegetable Kabobs
These veggie kabobs are a perfect, and healthy, way to celebrate both the beginning of spring, and National Something On A Stick Day. Get the recipe from Damn Delicious.
11. Candy Skewers
This one is a no-brainer. Get some skewers, pick your favorite candies, and put them on a stick. This is so easy you can quickly make a bunch of these and pass them out to your friends and coworkers to celebrate National Something On A Stick Day, because let's face it — we could all use a little fun, and what's more fun than candy on a stick? Get the recipe from Public Lives, Secret Recipes.
12. Tomato Basil Peach Skewers
This colorful creation covers a variety of flavors from sweet, to savory, to creamy. These delicious little snacks on a stick are best eaten in one bite so your mouth can have the entire flavor experience at once. Get the recipe from Love and Lemons.
13. Grilled Salmon Skewers With Garlic & Dijon
If you want to get super fancy with your skewers, try these garlic, dijon frilled salmon skewers. These are sure to impress, but the big secret is that they're actually really easy to make. Get the recipe from Natasha's Kitchen.
14. Coconut Honey Lime Filipino Chicken Adobo Skewers
This delicious dish can be ready in just 25 minutes, and it's just as good as anything you could get at a street-food fair. There are so many flavors going on here that your mouth won't know which one to enjoy first. Get the recipe from Half Baked Harvest.
15. Peachy Pork-A-Bobs
This sweet and savory treat is perfect if you're on a paleo diet. Sweet summer peaches in the smoky, fruity sauce creates flavor combination that will leave you wanting more. Get the recipe from Nom Nom Paleo.
Whatever your heart desires for National Something On A Stick Day, I'm pretty sure it's out there. Enjoy!