For some reason, food is so much more appealing when it’s on a stick. (Just me? Bueller?) I mean, the candy skewers were pretty much the most jaw-dropping treat you could get as a kid, and I’d say the veggies, meat, cheese, and pretty much all I can think of are 10x better when skewered.
In short, 2022 is the year of finger food. I mean, the holidays are back, baby! (Please, COVID variants, don’t make me eat my words.) And luckily for you, we’ve compiled a bunch of two-bite beauties that are more than easy to put together, allowing you to officially claim your title in as long as Host of the group of friends. Because we know you deserve it, okay? You don’t need to be humble with us.
Ready to stick and stitch? Scroll down for six of our favorite toothpick recipes, each matching one of the delicious treats in the photo below. Choose your weapon, then chow.
1. Sweet Peach
Toast a few fresh slices of Georgia’s finest, then pile them with creamy burrata cheese, a ripe cherry tomato and a single basil leaf to help close the loop on this sweet-salty caprese.
2. Breakfast Bite
Consider this treat the best mini breakfast sandwich you’ve ever had without the bagel. All you need is a little smoked salmon, cucumber, tomato, cream cheese and a tiny caper.
3. Cake Pops
Prepare the ripest fruit you can find—strawberries, raspberries, and blueberries are welcome here—and toss them with a piece of frozen cheesecake (psst, store-bought is fine).
4. Chocolate Churros
Browse through the frozen food section until you get yourself a pack of churros. Put them in the oven, sprinkle with cinnamon sugar and drizzle your new favorite dish with chocolate sauce.
5. Crispy snack
Alternate mini meatballs, mozzarella and basil leaves, then top with a plop of marinara for a mini meal as good as your Italian takeout order.
6. Sweet and Salty
Oh that ? The one that is cut for breakfast, lunch, dinner, and dessert. Pair cantaloupe or honeydew melon with prosciutto, cheddar and a drizzle of balsamic glaze.
Photographs by Cody Guilfoyle.