Gourmet Club: Appetizers: Food on a Stick

Once again it is time to report on our latest Gourmet Club dinner. As it was my turn to host again, I wanted to move away from the cuisine of a country or area as our first four dinners were German, New Orleans, Irish and Italian. This dinner’s theme – Food on a Stick – would definitely get us away from geography. As an added plus, we would all be prepared to be a food vendor at the Wisconsin or Minnesota state fairs!

Our dinner started, as it always does with appetizers. The couple whose turn for this course made two different items: Pizza on a Stick and Stuffed Peppers on a Stick.

Pizza on a Stick


2-3 13.8-ounce package refrigerated pizza dough

All-purpose flour, for dusting

1 cup marinara sauce

2 1/2 cups shredded mozzarella cheese

1/2 cup grated parmesan cheese

1 cup sliced pepperoni

1 pound of link Italian sausage

1 package of pre sliced mushrooms

1 sweet red pepper seeded and cut in 1 inch chunks

1 green pepper seeded and cut into 1 inch chunks

1 Tbsp. extra-virgin olive oil, for brushing

1 Tbsp. garlic powder

12 wooden skewers


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 4-by-6-inch pieces. Use as much dough as you need some may need more some less depending on size and toppings.

Bake Italian sausage at 350 for 30-minutes or until cooked through.

Brush each rectangle of dough with marinara sauce, leaving a 1/2-inch border all around; sprinkle with mozzarella and parmesan. (Reserve some of the sauce for dipping) Soak skewers in water for a few minutes, and then start adding your ingredients. Use two slices of pepperoni stacked, mushroom red pepper, sausage onion and then green pepper. Repeat and make sure they are tightly packed on skewer.  Take 1 piece of dough and lay on floured surface stretch it out a bit.  Add a little marinara and some provolone cheese on the dough then place skewer on top.  Wrap dough around skewer until the skewer is fully enclosed pressing gently to seal. Arrange wrapped skewers on baking sheets. Brush with olive oil sprinkle with garlic. Bake until golden brown about 20 minutes.

Serve with marinara for dipping.

Stuffed Peppers on a Stick


1 Lb. chorizo bulk style sausage

1 small yellow onion  minced

1 medium jalapeno diced

1 Black cream cheese softened

1 tbsp. garlic powder

1 tsp. salt

25 finger length banana peppers sweet or hot your preference


Brown sausage and break up as small as you can.  Drain and add to cream cheese. Stir in onion, diced jalapeno, garlic powder and salt.

Cut the tops of the peppers off and insert paring knife twisting to remove vein and seeds.

Place prepared mixture in Ziploc baggie.  Cut corner of baggie off to pipe sausage mixture into peppers.

Bake @ 375 for 22 minutes till peppers start to soften, but do not let them get mushy.

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Categories: appetizer, Baking, Cheese, Italian, Low Carb, Pork, Recipes, Side Dish, snack, Vegetable2

Author:The Ranting Chef

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11 Comments on “Gourmet Club: Appetizers: Food on a Stick”

  1. September 15, 2012 at 11:52 am #

    Love the idea of a “food on a stick” dinner. A former boyfriend of mine was a former Army Ranger. He said the safest food in any country around the world was any version of Chicken on a Stick. By safe he didn’t mean that it was less likely to make you sick because of cooking methods. He meant that it was safest for an American palette to be able to eat.


  2. September 15, 2012 at 1:26 pm #

    Your treats look a lot tastier – and healthier than the corndogs at our local state fair.


  3. Patricia Awapara
    September 15, 2012 at 4:53 pm #

    Yummy! Very creative


  4. Renee Spindle
    September 15, 2012 at 5:13 pm #

    Great theme!!


  5. September 15, 2012 at 9:47 pm #

    Anything on a stick is AMAZING! Glad to know pizza on a stick has been done; this is an amazing marriage!!


  6. whitsendmom
    September 16, 2012 at 1:48 pm #

    My kiddos will eat anything on a stick! Thanks for the pizza recipe.


  7. September 17, 2012 at 12:26 am #

    I love the idea of pizza on a stick! Thanks for sharing — also, thanks for stopping by Travel Oops and liking the “Travel Ahh…”


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    September 17, 2012 at 8:54 am #

    Great idea for pizza on a stick! I never would have thought of that…Thanks for the share:)


  9. September 17, 2012 at 3:16 pm #

    Great idea for the kids. Mixes it up a bit!


  10. September 17, 2012 at 4:03 pm #

    Anything tastes better on a stick. That is a simple fact of life. But I never contemplated pizza on a stick…until now! Awesome idea.

    Erin – ekcantcook.blogspot.com


  11. October 2, 2012 at 3:04 am #

    Look and read yummily..:)


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