Do you always find yourself hosting parties such as game nights or summer cookouts? Have you run out of ideas on what foods to serve at your next party? For larger gatherings, you can rely on the help of a professional catering team to prepare the delicacies. However, there might be several occasions where you have to roll up your sleeves and plan the entire party menu by yourself.
If you are looking to whip up something to offer your guests, here are 13 appetizing finger foods for party events:
1. Classic Shrimp Cocktail
The recipe for a classic shrimp cocktail is pretty straightforward. First, you will need some uncooked shrimp. Next, poach them while they are still in their shells as this will help keep them soft and tender. What you need for the sauce are some vinegar lemon, horseradish and some ketchup. The vinegar and lemon will give the sauce a tangy taste while the ketchup is for sweetening.
2. Saucy Mini Meat Balls
If you are hoping to give your meatballs some Moroccan feel, adding a bit of cinnamon will do just that. The saucy mini meatballs are very convenient since you can make them a day before the party and just warm them when the guests start arriving. They are the perfect finger foods for party appetizers.
3. Goat Cheesecake Bites
Surprisingly, creamy and luscious goat cheese is a perfect ingredient for a cheesecake dessert. Mix some goat cheese with some Greek yogurt and sugar powder for perfect cheesecake bites. Add some fruit toppings and serve in pre-made phyllo shells. You can bet your guests will enjoy this tasty dessert.
4. Chickpea Salad Boats
The key ingredient for a chickpea salad boat are sturdy endive leaves, which have a cup shape for filling. You could substitute the endive leaves with some small Bibb lettuce leaves. Once your ‘boats’ are ready, the next step is to prepare the filling, which can be done a day in advance, minus the pears. About forty to sixty minutes before your guests start arriving, stir in the pear and then fill up your leaves. Just like that; you have yourself chickpea salad boats for your guests to enjoy.
5. French Onion Dip with Sweet Potato Chips
This is a creative and delicious way to add those extra vegetables. Instead of sodium bomb seasoning or mayonnaise dip, make yourself a homemade dip to avoid the many calories and saturated fats found in mayonnaise and the seasoning. Allow the onions to caramelize slowly for that noteworthy sweetness. To complete this dish, bake some sweet potatoes, which will act as a dipper for your dip.
6. Healthy Peanut Butter Balls
There is no baking involved in the preparation of these peanut butter balls. However, you can be sure your guests’ sweet teeth are going to be thoroughly satisfied. You can opt to make these delicious one-bite treats ahead of time and put them in the fridge until they are ready for serving. If you choose unsalted peanut butter, sprinkle a dash of salt for that perfect taste.
7. Smoky Roasted Chickpeas
These roasted chickpeas are crunchy, protein and fibre-rich salad topping that could easily pass for a snack. When stored in an airtight container, they retain their crunchiness for up to a week. If you are hoping for a really crunchy chickpea, cook them until they are just shy of burning.
8. Potato Chips with Blue Cheese Dip
These baked chips have all the flavour of fried chips, but they are healthier and contain less fat. Accompany this with a cheesy, creamy dressing for dipping; you’ve just made yourself a perfect snack for your guests.
9. Garlic Buffalo Drumettes
To make garlic buffalo drumettes, steam and sauté the wings for a delicious snack your guests will love. By using this method over the messy standard frying, you retain the pulp and juicy goodness of chicken wings.
10. Sloppy Joe Sliders
This is an American classic that is popular with everyone, irrespective of age. You can opt to make the sauce ahead of time and toast the buns to complete the sliders. You can even make them more playful and fun by coming up with mini versions.
11. Blue Cheese Bacon Spinach Dip
Besides having a bold flavour, the blue bacon adds some tanginess, which is a creative way to switch from the boring spinach dip. You can accompany this with some celery stick for that extra crunchiness.
12. Cheesy Crab Artichoke Toasts
To save time and get to spend ample time with your guests, prepare the crab mixture a day ahead. The sliced bread should be stored in an airtight container until it is time to assemble. Next, make it according to your recipe before guests start arriving.
13. Caprese Candied Pancetta Stacks
These candied pancetta stacks can be served as either appetizers or desserts. They are basically made using tomatoes, basil and mozzarella. The pancetta has a meaty umami burst, making this Italian snack a perfect option for your summer party.
All these finger food recipes are simple and take under thirty minutes to prepare. It’s time to stop slogging in the kitchen and join the party.