Hosting a party for friends and family is all about making an impression that has guests talking about it for years to come. All memorable parties have one thing in common – a delicious array of finger foods and appetizers for attendees to snack on. Whether you’re preparing for a wedding shower, holiday engagement, tailgating party, or birthday celebration, selecting an assortment of recipes that are guaranteed to please the variety of tastes and preferences of your guest list is essential for throwing a successful event. From new twists on classic, iconic recipes to savory combos that make you look like a seasoned chef, we’ve got a list of easy and elegant food platters for you to serve at your next get together. At the end of the day, the collection of empty trays will be a testimony to how delicious the cuisine was!
Bite-Sized Baked Brie Balls
Despite this appetizer’s bite-sized appearance, it is constantly praised for being a show-stopping addition to the party menu. Packed with flavor and creativity, these baked brie balls are extremely simple to make, blending brie cheese, phyllo dough shells, pepper jelly (we suggest a sweet and sour mix), toasted pecans, and fresh parsley. These only require about 10 minutes of baking – or until the outside takes on a crispy, golden appearance.
Endive Stuffed with Goat Cheese
The fresh, crispy texture of the endive lettuce garnished with an herb-infused goat cheese is a heavenly-tasting starter that’s the perfect example of sophistication. Looks wise, this plate offers a beautiful presentation that is sure to catch the eye of your guests. To make the stuffing, combine softened cream cheese, goat cheese, chives, lemon, tarragon, and parsley. There are many ways to customize this dish to your liking. Whether it’s adding a little red pepper for a spicy Southern twist or substituting the regular endive leaves with red Belgian ones to elicit a little Christmas-themed spirit.
Creamy Horseradish with Cured Salmon
While this recipe only requires 15 minutes of ‘hands-on’ preparation time, it’s important to note that the salmon requires approximately 36 hours to chill. Otherwise, there is no cooking required for this refreshing burst of citrus flavors. The yummy combo should be served as thinly sliced pieces of salmon accompanied by spreading a dill-horseradish cream on top. Try pairing it with toasted slices of sourdough bread for an appetizer that will leave guests begging for the recipe.
Savory Miniature Meatballs
Perfect for any occasion, these bite-sized meatballs are a classic addition to any party menu. Prepare before the party or make them ahead of time and store in a freezer bag to thaw at a later date. The best part about this appetizer is the way it easily goes together with a wide array of sauces – from traditional tomato sauce to a sweet-and-sour Asian-inspired dressing. You’ll want to ensure these party favorites keep their warmth throughout the event, so use a fondue pot, slow cooker, or set the oven to a low temperature to keep them toasty.
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