Does anybody have any good finger food or food on a stick ideas?

Melissa - posted on 07/15/2010 ( 7 moms have responded )

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My kid's birthday party is coming up and we want to do something different than the old sloppy joes or burgers on the grill. So does anyone have any good finger food or food on a stick ideas to help us out? The kid's party is on the 25th of July!!

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Louise - posted on 07/18/2010

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Pizza on a Stick
Ingredients
1 13.8-ounce package refrigerated pizza dough
All-purpose flour, for dusting
1 cup marinara sauce
1 1/2cups shredded mozzarella cheese
1/2 cup grated parmesan cheese
3/4 cup chopped pepperoni, black olives and/or mushrooms
Extra-virgin olive oil, for brushing
2 cloves garlic, minced
Pinch of dried oregano
Pinch of red pepper flakes
Directions
Preheat the oven to 425 degrees. Line 2 baking sheets with parchment paper. Roll out the pizza dough on a lightly floured surface into a 12-by-16-inch rectangle. Cut into 6-by-8-inch quarters, then cut each quarter in half diagonally to make 8 triangles.

Brush each triangle of dough with marinara sauce, leaving a 1/2-inch border all around; sprinkle with mozzarella and parmesan (reserve some of the sauce and cheese for topping). Layer a few pieces of pepperoni, olives and/or mushrooms over the cheese, reserving a few pieces for topping. Slightly fold in the two far corners, then roll up the dough from the long side, like a burrito, until the filling is fully enclosed in a tube, pressing gently to seal.

Carefully insert a popsicle stick or wooden skewer into the center of each pizza roll and arrange on the prepared baking sheets. Brush the rolls with olive oil and more marinara sauce; sprinkle with garlic, oregano and red pepper flakes. Press any extra filling ingredients onto the rolls. Sprinkle with more mozzarella and parmesan. Bake until golden, about 20 minutes.

•A finger food should contain nothing that needs to be thrown away. The best finger foods for children are those that require little preparation time and won't create a big mess. Keep it simple.
Meats
•More often than not, children's parties are full of sugary sweets and not a lot of nutritional substance. Serving foods such as chicken nuggets and pizza rolls will help to make sure that the kids are getting enough protein to balance out the extra sugar intake. Kids may also enjoy eating sandwich quarters made of peanut butter and jelly.
Veggies
•Other than serving veggies and dip, which not every child will like, try serving McCain Potato Smiles. They taste like fries but are baked, and are shaped into cute little smiley faces that kids love.
Fruit
•Strawberries and pineapple chunks are great choices for summer finger foods. To balance out the sweetness, also serve celery sticks spread with peanut butter or cream cheese.
Sweet Snacks
•A sweet and easy snack to serve is graham crackers with chocolate frosting sandwiched between them. However, an even easier idea is to buy mini muffins or petit-fours at the grocery store and place them on a pretty, three-tiered server.

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Cherrie - posted on 07/18/2010

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If you want a good food on a stick idea try a banana dog yes there is such an odd concoction I found it on food network ...basically you spread peanut butter on the hot dog bun then place a banana in the bun then drizzle with honey and raspberry syrup then top with diced kiwi and granola

Tami - posted on 07/17/2010

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If the kids are old enough to eat kabobed foods safely here are lots of food on a stick ideas. Regular kabobs w/ marinated beef, chicken and veggies are good.



Fruit kabobs (raw fruits on skewers) are good. You can add marshmallows and dip the fruit kabobs in melted chocolate if you want something sweeter. If you don't dip the fruit kebobs in chocolate you could serve w/ a yogurt or cream cheese dip.



Bread some strips of raw chicken, put them on skewers and bake them. The kids can then dip their chicken in BBQ, ranch, ketchup, honey mustard, etc.



I think you could make cookies on a stick by sticking popcicle sticks into raw cookie dough before baking.



Waffle or French toast stick are fun to dip in things like syrup, peanut butter, yogurt, etc.



Cheesy bread sticks (pizza dough topped w/ garlic butter and cheese) dipped in marinara sauce might be fun.



Rice Krispy bars would be easy to make on a stick. With buttered hands you could shape them into balls, roll in sprinkles and let cool. When cooled you could push popcicle sticks into them. They could also be dipped half way into chocolate or almond bark and rolled in sprinkles.



How about caramel or candy apples?



My kids love roasted garlic hummus as a dip for carrots, celery, or other stick shaped veggies.



Graham cracker sticks dipped in chocolate mousse or pumpkin fluff is fun. To make pumpkin fluff dip you need 1 (16 ounce) container frozen whipped topping, thawed, 1 (5 ounce) package instant vanilla pudding mix, 1 (15 ounce) can solid pack pumpkin, 1 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice. In a large bowl, mix together instant vanilla pudding mix, pumpkin and pumpkin pie spice. Fold in the thawed frozen whipped topping. Chill in the refrigerator until serving.



A meat and cheese tray w/ the meats and cheeses cut w/ mini cookie cutters and served w/ crackers would be fun and super easy.



Jello jigglers cut w/ cookie cutters are fun to eat.

Desiree - posted on 07/16/2010

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Use a cookie cutter to cut sandwiches and quesadillas into fun shapes. Cookie cutters in the shape of stars, hearts and animals turn everyday sandwiches and quesadillas into fun party foods. Sandwiches friendly to the kid palate are peanut butter and banana slices, American cheese and mayonnaise, cucumber slices and mayonnaise as well as American cheese and bologna. Some fun quesadilla-filling ideas are mozzarella cheese and pepperoni slices, barbecue sauce and shredded chicken and peanut butter and jelly.

Choose easy-to-hold desserts such as cupcakes, decorated cookies, brownies and decorated graham crackers. Top desserts with cake icing, sprinkles and edible decorations to make them visually appealing.

For a healthier dessert choice, provide kids with fruit dipped in chocolate. To make fruit dipped in chocolate, melt 12 oz. of chocolate chips in a small pot over low heat. Dip fresh cherries, strawberries
or banana slices in the melted chocolate by holding them by the stem. To dip the banana slices, place the slices on a spoon and dip the spoon in the melted chocolate. Set the dipped fruit on a baking sheet covered with wax paper and let it sit until the chocolate hardens.

Angela - posted on 07/16/2010

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Pigs in a blanket,celery and carrots with Ranch dressing, mini corn dogs also.

Natasha - posted on 07/16/2010

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how about making some wraps instead of sandwhiches, veg sticks with special dip (u can even buy edible glitter and make a plain dip into something magical) cakes, sausage rolls, banana baked with honey and some crushed nuts on them, cold frittatas, bruscetta etc. it really depends on what the child likes to eat but i hope this may help a little.

Cherrie - posted on 07/18/2010

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If you want a good food on a stick idea try a banana dog yes there is such an odd concoction I found it on food network ...basically you spread peanut butter on the hot dog bun then place a banana in the bun then drizzle with honey and raspberry syrup then top with diced kiwi and granola

Tami - posted on 07/17/2010

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If the kids are old enough to eat kabobed foods safely here are lots of food on a stick ideas. Regular kabobs w/ marinated beef, chicken and veggies are good.



Fruit kabobs (raw fruits on skewers) are good. You can add marshmallows and dip the fruit kabobs in melted chocolate if you want something sweeter. If you don't dip the fruit kebobs in chocolate you could serve w/ a yogurt or cream cheese dip.



Bread some strips of raw chicken, put them on skewers and bake them. The kids can then dip their chicken in BBQ, ranch, ketchup, honey mustard, etc.



I think you could make cookies on a stick by sticking popcicle sticks into raw cookie dough before baking.



Waffle or French toast stick are fun to dip in things like syrup, peanut butter, yogurt, etc.



Cheesy bread sticks (pizza dough topped w/ garlic butter and cheese) dipped in marinara sauce might be fun.



Rice Krispy bars would be easy to make on a stick. With buttered hands you could shape them into balls, roll in sprinkles and let cool. When cooled you could push popcicle sticks into them. They could also be dipped half way into chocolate or almond bark and rolled in sprinkles.



How about caramel or candy apples?



My kids love roasted garlic hummus as a dip for carrots, celery, or other stick shaped veggies.



Graham cracker sticks dipped in chocolate mousse or pumpkin fluff is fun. To make pumpkin fluff dip you need 1 (16 ounce) container frozen whipped topping, thawed, 1 (5 ounce) package instant vanilla pudding mix, 1 (15 ounce) can solid pack pumpkin, 1 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice. In a large bowl, mix together instant vanilla pudding mix, pumpkin and pumpkin pie spice. Fold in the thawed frozen whipped topping. Chill in the refrigerator until serving.



A meat and cheese tray w/ the meats and cheeses cut w/ mini cookie cutters and served w/ crackers would be fun and super easy.



Jello jigglers cut w/ cookie cutters are fun to eat.

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