Pontoon Food Recipes for the Upcoming Boating Season

Jon and Erin Davis, authors of Pontoon Food: Easy-to-Serve Recipes for the Water and Deck, share with us one of their favorite recipes.

Cabins and lake homes are meant for friends and family! We gather around decks, patios, and boats for lazy conversations and needed relaxation. Pontoon boats in particular are part of the lake magic, the perfect way to cruise around while sharing food and beverages, and they’ve long been associated with the lake-living tradition. Here’s an easy recipe that’s sure to please.

Caprese Salad Skewers
Thought to have originated on the island of Capri, off Italy’s Amalfi Coast, Caprese salad is a refreshing and satisfying snack. The green, white, and red of the basil, mozzarella, and tomato resemble the Italian flag.

Pontoon Food


Salt and pepper to taste
16 ounces fresh mozzarella balls (bocconcini), halved
1 pint cherry tomatoes
Handful fresh basil leaves, quartered
Short skewers (skewers cut in half)

Lightly salt and pepper halved mozzarella balls. Alternate placing cherry tomatoes, mozzarella halves, and basil on skewers.

We recommend using wooden skewers, as they are biodegradable and can even be used for campfire kindling. Skewers may be cut in half to make smaller portions. Use heavy kitchen shears to score the skewers in the middle first, and then you may snap them cleanly in two.

About the authors: Erin grew up in Minnesota; with its 10,000 lakes, water was never far away. One of her favorite places is the family cabin, where pontoon rides and guests have always been part of the scene. Jon grew up on the Carolina coast, where he loved the water and all the varying cuisines that his state had to offer. Both Erin and Jon are huge food enthusiasts with a passion for outdoor activity, travel, learning about different cuisines, and trying new foods. As adventurous home cooks, they apply the same appreciation and discovery of good food to their own cooking.

If you enjoyed this Pontoon Food recipe, come back for more next Friday!

Liliane Opsomer

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