The essentials of satay?
Protein + sweet + nut.
Satay The Gourmet-O-Matic tm way?
Protein (generally cooked): chicken, beef, lamb, duck, goose, goat, pork, tofu, tempeh, seitan, fish, seafood, other (horse ?)
Sweet: jelly, jam/preserves, caramel, honey, agave nectar, molasses, corn syrup, candy, marshmallow, etc.
Nut: nut butters - smooth or crunchy and you can add sweet to the nut butter to make life easier (e.g., cashew, peanut, almond) or the nuts themselves (in pieces for the larger nuts) as a topping for even more crunch (cashew, peanuts, almonds, walnuts, sunflower seeds, etc.)
Cover protein with sweet or sweet nut butter combination. Cover sweet and or sweet nut butter combination with nuts.
Or you can make the protein and use the other stuff for dipping.