Ever made a cherry kebab recipe? How about blueberry kebabs? These Cherry Bacon Blueberry Kebabs are a super fun and festive appetizer for the 4th of July — or for any summertime gathering. A red, white and blue recipe for the 4th of July! Isn’t that what we’re looking for on this festive summer holiday?
I am! And my favorite red, white and blue recipes are all natural — no food coloring needed!
This sweet, tart, and smoky appetizer is an unexpected, super delicious combination of flavors, and it’s oh so pretty!
The sweetness of the cherries and blueberries is brilliant with the smoky, crisp bacon.
These Cherry Bacon Blueberry Kebabs are a Caprese of sorts. Well, a play, or twist, on the classic Caprese, which is made with tomato, basil and mozzarella.
This delightful, super pretty summer appetizer is not only a great way to start a 4th of July menu, but it’s great for any summer get together, any time of day — lovely for brunch, tasty for lunch, and the perfect beginning to a dinner.
Wondering if you can make these beauties ahead of time?
Yes you can! You can make them up to two hours ahead and store them in the refrigerator until about 15 minutes before you’re ready to serve. Save the last step, which is drizzling them with orange juice, for the last moment.
What to Serve with These Fruit Kebabs
At any summer barbecue, it would be ideal to start the menu with the Cherry Bacon Blueberry Kebabs. I would follow them with:
- Balsamic Glazed Watermelon Avocado Chopped Salad
- Grilled Mediterranean Flank Steak
- Fresh Lemon Pepper Grilled Corn on the Cob
- Chocolate Espresso Ice Cream Pie
I’d never had a cherry kebab recipe until I made these and it’s every bit as delicious as I’d hoped.
Yep, it’s all that. Call these beautiful, quick and easy kebabs what you will — any which way they’re so good, and I hope you’ll try them.
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These Cherry Bacon Blueberry Kebabs are a super fun and festive appetizer for the 4th of July -- or for any summertime gathering.
- 6 cherries, washed and dried, pitted and sliced in half
- 1 dozen small mint leaves, washed and dried
- 1 strip applewood smoked bacon, cooked cut into 12 small pieces
- 1 dozen fresh little mozzarella pearls (see notes)
- 1 dozen blueberries, washed and dried
- 2 teaspoons fresh orange juice
If you'd like your kebabs to be able to "stand up," use a very sharp knife to slice a sliver off of the bottom of each cherry. (It's easiest to assemble them this way, but they're still super cute laying down.
Place all of the cherry halves on a clean, dry surface and then add a mint leave to each one, followed by a piece of bacon and a mozzarella pearl. Now add the blueberries with the toothpick and press it gently through to the bottom.
Drizzle them lightly with the orange juice and serve!
Here are mozzarella pearls. They are the perfect size and lovely because they are round. They should be easy to find in most markets, but if you can't, you can also cut larger fresh mozzarella into small pieces.