Contrary to their personality, this Grinch appetizer is sweet because we can’t let the Grinch bring us down. Right? This Grinch’s sweetness comes naturally, from fruit. A little more sweet plus the cute comes courtesy of a mini marshmallow.
The hat? A strawberry works well, although strawberries can be a challenge to find this time of year. So I tried both strawberries and raspberries.
Looking closely at the picture you can see the two. Not much of a difference, so raspberries will do. Or, choose according to which berries look better at the grocery store today.
If using strawberries, cut off the hull end with a sharp knife. You could also consider cutting off just the tip of the pointed end. I didn’t, but it could possibly make a cleaner edge for the marshmallow top. If using raspberries, no preparation is needed (except for rinsing of course).
The banana is cut into slices. To prevent browning, place the slices into a bowl, sprinkle some fruit juice over them and mix gently. Lemon juice is the usual choice, but I used orange juice and was happy with the result. Any juice with Vitamin C included (ascorbic acid) should do the trick.
To assemble, start with a grape, then a banana slice, a berry, and top off with a mini marshmallow.
Regular toothpicks work but don’t leave much room for a handle, so I used 3½ inch bamboo picks. The extra length made the finished kabobs easier to display and pick up.
Provide these holiday appetizers to some of your grouchy relatives. Who knows? Maybe their hearts will “grow three sizes” that day. Or at the very least, should spark a smile.
- 24 toothpicks
- 24 green grapes
- 1 large banana
- 24 strawberries or raspberries
- 24 miniature marshmallows
- Cut banana into 24 slices. Place in a small bowl with some fruit juice to prevent browning.
- Cut the hull end off the strawberries (if using).
- On a toothpick, thread one grape, banana slice, berry (narrow end facing up) and mini marshmallow.
- Repeat with remaining ingredients.