Skewers or "brochettes" in French and "espetinhos" in Portuguese always look good and are fun to eat. You can make them with vegetables, meet, chicken, seafood, hard cheese and fruits to be served as hors d’ouvre, appetizer, entrée, side dish or dessert. Everybody likes them and I even have seen kids eat and enjoy vegetables when they are presented like that. Another pro is that they are always easy to do. The important thing is to get the seasonings right when marinating before grilling and have a good sauce to serve the food with. For a complete meal on skewers I’d start with grilled broccolis, cauliflower, mushrooms and hard cheese, served with this sauce:
· 1/2 cup mirim
· 1/2 cup sake
· 1/2 cup soy
· 1 tablespoon oyster sauce
· 1 tablespoon sugar
· 1 piece of ginger minced
· 3 scallions chopped
Combine all ingredients but scallions in a saucepan. Heat to a boil, and then reduce heat to a simmer. Cook about 20 minutes, stirring occasionally until the sauce is reduced by half and has a thick consistency. Add the scallions and serve.
For main course I suggest another skewer that people love when I do, which is a grilled shrimp marinated with olive oil, garlic, lemon zest and herbs like thyme, rosemary and parsley.
For dessert get inspired by the Swiss fondue and have fruits served with different popular sauces like chocolate and caramel.