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That’s right I said meatcicles. Like popcicles, but with meat instead of…um…pop.

The inspiration came from Top Chef. (Do you watch it? If you do, let me just tell you that I’m not seeing a whole lot of creativity so far this season. Angelo and Kenny. That’s all I’m seeing. Discuss …) One of the chef’s on the last episode, Arnold I think, made some lamb kebabs on the grill and they were a hit. So I said to myself, “That is a good idea”

Now, I love anything on a stick.  Good food is always made better when you put it on a stick. So my thought was to put a meatball on a stick and grill it.

I’ll tell you right away that it didn’t go well at first. I should have gotten the flat skewers instead of the round ones, for one. And maybe shorter ones too. But once I figured out that the meat needed to be wrapped around the stick in a long, thin homogeneous mass instead of a cute little ball, everything went fine.

So, if you are at home this weekend with nothing but a package of turkey meat in your freezer, you can still be American and light up the grill…or grill-pan in my case.


1 pound ground turkey, chicken, pork, or beef
1 egg
1/2 cup breadcrumbs
1 t. crushed fennel seed
2 t. Italian seasoning
1 t. salt
1 t. pepper
2 cloves of garlic,minced
2 T basil, minced
bamboo skewers

Soak your skewers in water for 20 minutes. Mix all ingredients together.

Preheat your grill to medium high. Shape a small handful of meat around each skewer.

Don’t make them too thick because they won’t cook near as fast. Place skewers on hot grill.

Rotate every few minutes until meat is done in the middle.

Serve and enjoy!

This Post Has 5 Comments

  1. This reminds me so much of something but I can't think of what the name is… It's something Turkish I think haha.

    But these look delicious, and fun to boot. 🙂

  2. haha, i haven't heard the word "meatcicle" in a while. i love putting foods on skewers, and summer seems to be the peak of the season!

  3. I am totally making these tonight with some ground pork I got on sale and didn't know what to do with. Thinking about curry powder in them…

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Jodie is a wife, mom, writer and lover of chickens and gardens. She runs her family's winery by day and cooks and writes by night.

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