Lately, these easy Smoked Turkey and Cheddar Kabobs are one of my favorite things to make when we entertain for any occasion. There are a few reasons I love them so much, but I’ll start with the obvious ones: they are eye-catchingly colorful, festive, and they are super quick and simple to make!
Also, I don’t have to turn on a single kitchen appliance to make these little goodies, so it’s not necessary to heat up at all the kitchen when I make these. Obviously, this characteristic alone puts these Smoked Turkey and Cheddar Kabobs at the top of the summertime appetizer favorites for me!
Yet, another reason I love them so much is that they work for feeding a crowd that may have an array of dietary restrictions as these delicatessen-style appetizers are low in carbs and gluten-free.
Of course, there is a small amount of honey used to sweeten the honey mustard dipping sauce (that is a delicious menu partner to these kabobs, so don’t skip it!). However, of the carb count needs to be lower, the honey can be replaced with a small amount your favorite sugarless sweetener to make this a completely sugar-free recipe.
These Turkey and Cheddar Kabobs are a very kid-friendly menu item too. Smoked turkey deli-meat, cheddar cheese, sweet cherry tomatoes, and petite gherkin pickles are common lunchbox ingredients, and most kiddos will dig right in when these are on the appetizer table.
I like to use a combination of pickled okra and dill gherkins when I make these just to add some variety to the spread. Pickled okra is a much-loved addition to relish trays here in the South, but feel free to just use the petite gherkins with your kabobs if it will be more pleasing to your tiny guests!
Large stuffed Spanish olives or black olives would be perfect garnishes to add on the skewers too, if you wanted even more of an assortment on the board.
How will make your kabobs?
This week I’m celebrating #BrunchWeek with a few of my very talented blogging friends, so please scroll down and check out their Monday brunch recipes, I know you’ll be glad you did! The recipe for these easy and delicious Turkey and Cheddar Kabob is my first contribution to this event, but I have two more recipes coming up on Wednesday and Friday for this event! See you then, and happy eating, y’all! – M
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Smoked Turkey and Cheddar Kabobs with Honey-Mustard Dipping SauceCourse: Brunch, LunchCuisine: AmericanDifficulty: Easy
These Smoked Turkey and Cheddar Kabobs are super simple to make, and these colorful appetizers will work for any occasion or season.
1 pound, thick slice of deli smoked turkey,
cut into 3/4 inch or 1 inch cubes
1 (8 oz) package of Cheddar cheese, cut into 1 inch pieces at 1/2 inch thickness (I used two kinds of cheeses, sharp and mild reduced fat Cheddar)
1 cup cherry or grape tomatoes
1 (16 oz) jar dill gherkin pickles
1 (16 oz) jar mild pickled okra
18-20 (4-inch) appetizers skewers
- Honey Mustard Dipping Sauce
3/4 cup light mayonnaise
3 tablespoons Dijon mustard
2 tablespoons honey
pinch each, salt and pepper (optional, to taste)
- Thread 1 of each ingredient onto appetizer skewers, alternating the use of gherkins or pickled okra on each kabob (ex. turkey, cheese, tomato, okra or pickle, cheese). Arrange the kabobs on the serving plate or platter. (See notes below)
- Cover with plastic wrap and chill for 30 minutes or up to 24 hours. Serve turkey and cheddar kabobs with Honey Mustard Dipping Sauce.
- Pat pickled okra and gherkin pickles dry with paper towels before assembling the Turkey Cheddar Kabobs. This will help prevent discoloration and sogginess of any other ingredients.
- Recipe from A Little Fish in the Kitchen blog at www.alittlefishinthekitchen.com. All content is owned by Marcelle G. Bolton. Please contact the author for permission to republish.
Simple recipes like this are perfect for brunch parties. Or any party! And love the pickled okra on there. One of my faves.
These sound amazing! I love this simple recipe, and love the okra pickles with cheddar. YUM!
These are great bites! I love how simple they are and I know my kids will love them.
Love those little appetizer skewers! And love that you used pickled okra, which I adore. Though I must admit I have never heard of milk-pickled okra. Will need to look that up. Great idea for a summer appetizer.
Hi David! Don’t go looking for milk pickled okra, I don’t think (and I hope you won’t ) find that! haha You caught a typo, it now reads “mild” pickled okra as I intended. On the grocery store shelves here, they offer a variety of spicy or mild pickled okra. Thanks for pointing it out! I hope y’all enjoy the kabobs if you make them!! Thanks so much for the comment 💖
Oh, that makes much more sense!!! I’m looking forward to pickling my own soon!
I’m looking forward to that too so I can use your recipe! 🙂
These look simple and easy and I love the turkey and cheese combo.
Thank you, Jen!!
These little turkey and cheddar kabobs are so cute and perfect for brunch or lunch!
These are super fun and I love dishes I can make ahead. That dipping sauce sounds fantastic too!
These skewers sound yummy and that dipping sauce? Perfect!
Oh how fun! I love all the flavors packed on these skewers. So good with the honey mustard dipping sauce.
Easy idea for a snack too!
I can think of all kinds of places to serve this!
Hello Inger, thank you!
These are so cute and they are so easy to make on a busy day!
Perfect for my next poolside gathering
I hope you enjoy, Wendy! Thank you!!
They make a perfect party food!
Hi Angie! Thanks so much!!