Thinking up creative ideas for delicious appetizers can be quite a hassle, especially when you're lacking inspiration. But with our list of 7 things you can make on a stick, I'm sure it'll liven up again. There's a multitude of things one can think of making on a stick, when it comes to both sweet and savory snacks, and apart from looking totally adorable, they can turn out to be pretty tasty too! Check out our ultimate list and let the fun cooking begin!
1. Goat Cheese Pops with Herbs, Pecans and Bacon
- 4 ounces goat cheese
- 8 ounces cream cheese (not whipped)
- 2 tablespoons chopped thyme or basil, divided
- Cracked black pepper
- 6 slices of bacon, cooked
- 1/4 cup pecans
- In a food processor, place the cream cheese, goat cheese and 1 tablespoon of herbs. Process until all is combined.
- Form small balls of the mixture, place them on a plate covered with parchment paper, and insert lollipop sticks into the center of each one. Refrigerate.
- Using the food processor again, process the bacon, 1 tablespoon of herbs and the pecans, until a fine, crumbly mixture is achieved.
- Roll the refrigerated balls in the bacon mixture to coat them, and store in the refrigerator until ready to serve.
2. Crunchy Chicken Stuffed Waffle Pops
Ever tried combining waffles and chicken in one bite? Check out the awesome recipe below, or you'll be missing out.
Yield: 8-12 servings
- 3 pounds boneless chicken breasts
- 3 eggs
- 3 tablespoons milk
- Salt & Pepper
- 4 cups crushed corn flakes
- 4 cups Bisquick Baking mix
- 2½ cups milk
- 2 tablespoons vegetable (or canola) oil
- 2 eggs
You will also need: a waffle iron
- Preheat the oven to 425°F and line some baking sheets with parchment paper.
- Cut the chicken breast in half lengthwise, then cut into thin slices.
- Combine the eggs, milk, and salt and pepper in a large mixing bowl and whisk together until combined. Add the chicken and mix.
- Place crushed corn flakes in a large shallow bowl and dredge the chicken in it to coat them. Place each of them on a lined baking sheet.
- Place the chicken in the oven and cook at 425°F, for about 14-18 minutes, or until cooked through. Place a wooden skewer into each chicken piece.
- In the meantime, preheat the waffle iron and spray with some nonstick spray. Whisk the waffle batter ingredients in a large mixing bowl.
- When the chicken pieces are ready, grab each one separately, dip into the waffle batter, and place on the waffle iron (with the skewer sticking out).
- You may serve with some dipping sauce. Suggestion: mix mayonnaise, maple syrup, and mustard for one delicious dip.
3. Mini Bacon Burger Bites
This neater and more elegant version of a burger proves that size doesn't matter at all when it comes to whoppers.
- 1 lb ground Beef
- 1 tsp garlic Powder
- 1 tsp onion salt
- 1 1/2 tbsp Worcestershire
- 3-4 Naan Flat Bread (I used store bought)
- Bacon strips
- Slice cheese
- Cherry/ grape tomatoes
- BBQ Sauce/ Ketchup
- Cut round pieces of the flat bread using a circular object, such as the top of the salt shaker. You will need two slices for each burger.
- Cut the lettuce and cheese into squares, roughly the same size of the bread, and halve the cherry tomatoes.
- Fry the bacon slices until they are crispy and cut them in roughly the same size as the bread.
- To make the burgers, place the ground beef in a bowl and add garlic powder, onion salt, Worcestershire sauce, and ground black pepper. Combine everything together, then form mini meatballs from the mixture (consider the size of the bread here too). Pan fry the mini burgers for a couple of minutes on each side, until cooked as much as desired.
- Now, stack all ingredients on the stick, starting with the flat bread, on which you may spread some mayonnaise. Add some pieces of lettuce, a piece of bacon, the mini burger (with an optional touch of BBQ sauce), a slice of cheese, another slice of flat bread, and top it off with half a cherry tomato.
4. Bite-sized Baked Brie with Jam Filling
Brie is wonderful when it's baked, but nothing is comparable to this heavenly brie-and-jam combination on a stick. Trust me - looks won't deceive you this time.
Yield: 24 squares
- 2 sheets puff pastry, thawed but still cold
- 1/2 wedge of brie (about 4 ounces), cold
- 1/3 cup cherry jam (or any flavor of your choice)
- 1 large egg, beaten
- Splash of milk
- Coarse sea salt
- Preheat oven to 375°F. Cut a sheet of puff pastry into 12 rectangles, and then cut each one in half, so that you have 24 rectangles in all.
- Brush half of the rectangles with egg wash, and place the stick in such a way that half of it will stick out of the pastry. Add a slice of brie cheese, followed by a blob of jam, and another puff pastry rectangle (the egg wash will act as glue). Using a fork, press the edges together and prick the top lightly.
- Place the brie pockets in the preheated oven, brush them with egg wash and add a touch of coarsely ground sea salt. Bake for 12-14 minutes, until golden brown and let cool slightly before serving.
5. Melon and Prosciutto Skewers
A popular fresh fusion of sweet and salty flavors on a stick. All you need to prepare these bites are just 2 ingredients!
- 1 large fresh melon cut into cubes
- 70g Prosciutto
- Strip the prosciutto into thin pieces.
- Attach the prosciutto pieces to the melon by inserting a skewer through both of them.
- Serve as many skewers as you can make with an optional drizzle of Balsamic reduction.
6. Pizza Pops
What an awesome and creative way to serve your pizzas! These delights will not only look gorgeous on your dinner table, but will also feel good in your tummy.
- Roll of refrigerated pizza crust (classic, not thin crust)
- Assorted toppings of your choice
- You will also need: 2 1/2 inch circle cookie cutter
- Preheat oven to 425 degrees F. Unroll the pizza dough on a floured surface and cut out 2 1/2 inch circles using a cookie cutter. Insert a stick about half way through each dough circle and place on a baking tray lined with parchment paper.
- Add any desired topping such as tomato paste, tomato slices, mozzarella cheese, goat cheese, ricotta cheese, and fresh basil.
- Bake for 9-11 minutes, until crust toppings start to brown.
7. Chinese Meatballs on a Stick
Forget about spaghetti and meatballs - these juicy meatballs are the newest sensation. And you won't be able to resist them!
Yield: 12 meatballs
- 3/4 pound lean ground pork or turkey
- 2 tablespoons soy sauce
- 1 tablespoon oyster sauce
- 1 tablespoon minced garlic
- 2 teaspoons peeled and minced ginger
- 1 teaspoon ground cumin
- 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- 1/2 bunch cilantro, minced
- 1 scallion, thinly sliced
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
- Combine all the ingredients in a large bowl, using your hands, and then form 12 small even balls.
- Pour 3 tablespoons of vegetable oil in a skillet placed over medium-high heat and add the meatballs next to each other, without overlapping. Cook until browned all over.
- Transfer the meatballs to a plate lined with a paper towel, and place them on a stick (1 to 2 pieces on a stick).
- Serve alongside some sauce. Suggestion: Sweet and sour chili sauce.