Dad's Classic Skewer-Studded Grapefruit: Cocktail Hors D'oeuvres

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Recipe by BecR

A great presentation that lends itself to endless variations. My father served these simple make-ahead appies at cocktail parties, along with a can of Spanish peanuts and a bowl of mini-pretzels on the side. Tip: Depending on your theme, for Hawaiian try a studded pineapple (instead of grapefruit) and a jar of macadamias in place of the peanuts-- be as creative as you want! Great for the cocktail hour, luaus, or anytime! Thanks Dad!!

Ingredients Nutrition

  • 1 whole yellow grapefruit, halved
  • 1 cup cubed swiss cheese
  • 1 cup cubed ham
  • 1 (8 ounce) jar white pearl onions (or olives, cherry tomatoes, radishes, pineapple, bell peppers, etc.)
  • wooden cocktail skewer


  1. Skewer a cheese cube, ham cube, and pearl onion on wooden cocktail picks, alternating as you go.
  2. Insert picks into grapefruit half (on a serving dish, pulp side down), about 1 inch apart, covering the top and sides of the grapefruit.
  3. Cover and refrigerate until serving time.
  4. Makes about 12 servings.

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