Festive and fun, colorful fruit on a stick is great for buffets and parties and can play the role of a dessert, side salad, or appetizer. Twenty 10-inch bamboo skewers work perfectly for this recipe. The fruit can be arranged on the skewers up to 3 hours before serving. If you like, dispense with the skewers and serve the guava-coated fruit in a bowl as a salad.
The guava-lime glaze brings out the jewel-like colors of the fruit and adds a delectable sweetness that is amazingly drip free. Try adding about 2 tablespoons of rum to the glaze.
Yields 20 skewers
- ripe cantaloupe or honeydew melon, peeled and seeded
- ripe pineapple, peeled and cored
- 1 pint fresh strawberries, hulled
- 1 small bunch of seedless green grapes (about 20)
- cup guava paste*
- 2½ tablespoons fresh lime juice
- PER 2-OUNCE SERVING: 0,3 G PROTEIN, 0.2 G FAT, 6.7 G CARBOHYDRATES, 0 G SATURATED FATTY ACIDS, 0 MG CHOLESTEROL, 1.2 MG SODIUM, 0.7 G TOTAL DIETARY FIBER.
- Cut the cantaloupe or honeydew melon into 1-inch, bite-sized cubes and place them in a large bowl. Cut the cored pineapple half into 5 or 8 long wedges and then into bite-sized chunks-you should get at least 40 pieces. Add the pineapple to the bowl along with the strawberries and grapes.
- In a blender, puree the guava paste and lime juice into a smooth, thick dressing. Pour the dressing into the bowl and toss with the fruit.
- On each bamboo skewer, spear 7 or 8 pieces of fruit: begin and end with grapes because they're the firmest anchors. One possible order could be grape, pineapple, melon, strawberry, pineapple, melon, grape. Arrange the finished fruit skewers side by side on a large oval platter. Make a second layer with the skewers perpendicular to the first layer.
- Continue the criss-cross pattern for as many layers as needed.
- Serve immediately or cover well and refrigerate until serving time.
*Guavas are a native Central American fruit with a distinctive, refreshing flavor that ranges from sweet to somewhat sour. The paste is made from the guava pulp collected during jelly making. Find guava paste in Latin and Asian groceries and in the ethnic section of well-stocked supermarkets.