Phew! Christmas is over. I turned off my Christmas lights, started putting away decorations. Too early? I like Christmas just as much as the next mom, but OMG is it stressful and clutter drives me nuts. I’ve always enjoyed the week after Christmas because I can start planning for the New Year with things like vacations and big goals. This year our family goal is to make at least one or two trips to Montana to search for a town we can call home. If you have any suggestions for a town you love in Montana, I would love to hear your thoughts! Please comment below!
So New Years! I have to be honest, I can rarely stay up till midnight these days. I would rather get a decent nights sleep than be groggy and grumpy the next day. I need energy to keep up with my toddler. But I do enjoy celebrating New Year’s at home with my family, with some good food and fun cocktails.
If you’re hosting, finger foods are a must. Foods your guests can walk around with. Or at least sit down for 5 minutes to chow down on. If you’ll be serving alcohol, you will want food that’s sustainable. How about Chicken Teriyaki and Bacon Wrapped Shrimp Skewers! What I love about these skewers is that they can be made on the BBQ grill, and eating grilled teriyaki reminds me of warm summer nights. It’s a nice change from traditional holiday eats.
My husband helped me with this post, as the BBQ grill is his territory. We used charcoal to give the chicken skewers more flavour. I cooked the Bacon Wrapped Shrimp in the oven on broil in a broiler pan to catch the bacon drippings.
I also used chicken thighs as opposed to breasts. I prefer thighs due to its great juice retention. Breasts tend to dry out too quickly on a BBQ.
Prep time: 45 minutes (both chicken & shrimp skewers)
Chicken Skewers cook time: 20 minutes
Shrimp Skewers cook time: 20 minutes
Chicken Teriyaki Skewers
1lb chicken thighs, cut into thirds
3 bell peppers, cut into large chunks
1 onion, cut into large chunks
2 cups (approximately) large chunks pineapple
8 oz teriyaki sauce
Salt & pepper to taste
- Start with the first skewer, by threading your choice of ingredients and make a pattern
- Add to large baking pan for oven or BBQ
- Do the same with the rest of skewers.
- Brush on teriyaki sauce, salt and pepper to taste.
- BBQ for approximately 10 minutes per side for 20 minutes total. Making sure chicken is cooked through.
- Let rest for 5 minutes
1lb of large deveined, and peeled uncooked shrimp
1 package of thin cut bacon
- Heat oven to broil to 400° (Make sure the oven rack level is near the top)
- Take a strip of bacon and wrap around a piece of shrimp, and take a skewer and pierce through.
- Add one or two more wrapped shrimp to skewer. Be sure to space each apart. Add to broiler pan.
- Do the same the rest of the shrimp and bacon till you run out.
- Cook for 10 minutes on one side, and 10 minutes on the other till the bacon is browned and the shrimp curls inward and turns a deeper shade of pink
- Serve immediately