The Best Part of Summer Is Food on a Stick

Go beyond corn dogs and shish kabobs with Giada’s best summer recipes on skewers.

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Giada De Laurentiis in the kitchen, as seen on Giada Entertains, Season 4.

Photo by: Melissa Libertelli

Melissa Libertelli

Summer gatherings are best when the conversation and the drinks are flowing. Nothing interferes with these two things more than knives and forks. We’ve gathered together Giada’s top recipes on skewers so you can design a delicious, upscale menu that will also keep one hand free for cocktails and selfies.

This super easy recipe makes traditional antipasti mobile. Simply toss the fresh mozzarella in a light vinaigrette and thread each ingredient onto skewers.

In this salad on a stick, cubes of fresh watermelon, cherry tomatoes and basil get a drizzle of sweet balsamic syrup.

Giada's Grilled Zucchini Skewers, as seen on Giada Entertains, Season 4.

Photo by: Melissa Libertelli

Melissa Libertelli

These little skewers of grilled zucchini, ham and creamy cheese are the perfect one-bite appetizer with cocktails.

Giada pairs these little cocktail meatballs with a sweet-and-tangy BBQ sauce.

Marinated chicken is alternated with sweet red pepper and juicy pineapple for these winning kabobs.

Food Beauty of Giadas Chicken Picatta Skewers as seen season 4 of Food Networks Giadas Holiday Handbook

Photo by: Melissa Libertelli

Melissa Libertelli

Giada infuses the flavors of the classic Italian dish into skewered chicken breast and serves with a lemony dipping sauce.

Why should beef and chicken have all the fun? Giada threads soaked skewers with salmon, halibut and tuna and serves with melted butter sauce. Yum!

Grilling peaches and plums with a light dusting of sugar bring out their natural sweetness.

Beef Pops with Pineapple and Parsley Sauce; Giada De Laurentiis

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Tara Donne

Giada skewers marinated tenderloin with squares of pineapple and then grills them until the pineapple is sweet and caramelly. Emerald green parsley dipping sauce brings the whole dish together.

Giada alternates rounds of zucchini with folded prosciutto and then grills. She serves it with a bright lemon pesto for dipping.

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