Kabobs, once the humble street food of the Mediterranean and Middle East, have become common throughout the world. Easily adaptable, they're one dish that even the most inexperienced chef can have in his or her back pocket -- just chop, skewer, marinate, grill and voila! Instant meal. Mix and match meats and marinades for the flavors of any sort of cuisine -- have Indian curry kabobs one night, Thai satay skewers the next and Cajun seafood sticks later in the week.
Kabobs are great for groups, too -- the thought of preparing a sit-down dinner for 10 might be nerve-racking, but kabobs? No sweat. You can make it even easier on yourself by offering a build-your-own bar with different ingredients, meats and sauces. And while everyone's chowing down on the main course, throw some skewered fruit on the grill and treat your guests to an unexpected dessert.
Here's another notch in the plus column for kabobs: They're healthy. No processed or packaged food here -- just fresh meats, fruits and vegetables with simple yet delicious flavors. And they're fun to eat! You can't get much better than that.
To get you started on the road to kabob deliciousness, here are five recipes -- from the traditional (lamb) to the newfangled (ever tried grilling a banana?).