5 Favorite finger foods

Apr 26, 2010 at 5:47 a.m. ET

Entertaining during the summer should be fun and effortless. Eliminate some of the work by serving finger foods — no utensils needed, so cleanup’s a breeze!

Beef Kabob


These fun finger foods range from appetizers to entrees to desserts. Here's one of each:

Appetizer kabobs


  • small cocktail wieners
  • pineapple chunks, drained
  • small green olives
  • cheese cubes
  • small bamboo skewers


Place one wiener, pineapple, olive and cheese cube on each skewer. Refrigerate until serving time. Tip: Use firm, not soft, cheese. Substitute pickles for olives or mandarin oranges for pineapple.

EntrEe kabobs


  • 1 kielbasa, cut into 1-inch pieces
  • onions, chopped into 1-inch pieces
  • green peppers, chopped into 1-inch pieces
  • bamboo skewers


Soak the skewers in water for a few hours. While grill is heating to medium-low, skewer the meat and vegetables — onion, kielbasa, pepper, onion, kielbasa, pepper, repeat — until half the skewer is full. Place the kabobs on the grill, turning every few minutes until kabob is nicely browned. Arrange on platter and serve. Tip: Add other veggies like cherry tomatoes or mushrooms. Substitute beef tips for kielbasa.

Dessert kabobs


  • strawberries
  • donut holes
  • chocolate sauce
  • bamboo skewers


Skewer strawberries and donut holes, alternating each. Refrigerate for one hour and serve with chocolate sauce. Tip: Substitute pound cake for donut holes. Add blueberries or marshmallows. Serve with a dollop of whipped topping.

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